Brian Hopkins

VP, Principal Analyst serving Enterprise Architecture PROFESSIONALS

Brian covers emerging technology, technology innovation, data management, and big data for Enterprise Architecture Professionals. His research provides practical advice to architects and IT strategists seeking to leverage emerging technology, improve their technology innovation practices, and evolve their data management capabilities.

Previous Work Experience

Brian has 15 years of experience in IT as an advisor, strategist, architect, and manager. As an analyst, he is the lead for Forrester's emerging technology playbook, is co-lead on the data management playbook, publishes our annual top technologies to watch report, and has authored several groundbreaking pieces on big data. He has helped numerous clients develop their technology watchlists, evolve their architecture practices, and develop strategic approaches to hot topics like big data, business intelligence, and data management. Before joining Forrester, he worked in the financial services and defense industries, where he acted as principal architect for information management technology; overhauled enterprise architecture practices, processes, and governance; and advised executives on emerging technologies.

Education

Brian holds a B.S. in electrical engineering from Texas A&M University (1989).

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  • Brian Hopkins
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Brief: Turning Big Data Into Business Insights, 2015

    As The Buzz Settles, Huge Changes Brew In 2015

    Since big data exploded onto enterprises' radar in 2011, enterprise architects have been busy asking questions, such as: "What is it?" "Do I have it?" "Is there something different I need to do?"...

    • Downloads: 230
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Brief: Data Preparation Tools Accelerate Analytics

    Machine Learning Powers Tools That Prepare Data For Analysis

    It takes too long to get data in the hands of business analysts and data scientists. Tedious manual processes and waterfall, requirement-driven data preparation flows are to blame. This brief defines...

    • Downloads: 223
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Stretch Your Data Management Capabilities

    Continuous Improvement: The Data Management Playbook

    Firms face an enormous data management challenge: how to understand and service increasingly powerful customers and out-maneuver disruptive competitors. In the past, enterprise and data architects...

    • Downloads: 738
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Q&A: The Top Five Technical Big Data Questions

    The volume of big data-related inquiries from Forrester clients has mushroomed in the past year, indicating that enterprise architects have moved from casually watching the space to planning actual...

    • Downloads: 339
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Hadoop Ecosystem Overview, Q4 2014

    Get A Handle On Hadoop With Forrester's Ecosystem View

    This report explains Hadoop, not as a single product, but as an ecosystem of batch and real-time components that includes Apache, other open source projects, and vendor add-ons. It deconstructs the...

    • Downloads: 475
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:The Top Emerging Technologies To Watch: Now Through 2020

    Make These Emerging Technologies Part Of Your BT Agenda

    Emerging technology plays a big role in firms' profitability and their customers' digital experiences. Yet enterprise architects struggle with the speed of new technology delivery and constantly...

    • Downloads: 1449
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:The Top Emerging Technologies Through 2020 — The CIO Perspective

    CIOs Need To Make Emerging Technologies Part Of Their BT Agenda

    In today's competitive environment, investing in business technologies is central to companies' ability to win, serve, and retain customers. Companies that create and lead in new disruptive business...

    • Downloads: 612
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:TechRadar™: Big Data, Q3 2014

    Embrace A Broad Perspective On Big Data Technology

    When it comes to big data, an exclusive focus on Hadoop misses other ways of satisfying the demand of businesses to get more insight from more data more quickly. This report takes a broad view of big...

    • Downloads: 942
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Q&A: The Top Five Strategic Big Data Questions

    Big-data-related inquiries have mushroomed in the past year. Forrester's data indicates that most organizations are either experimenting with big data technology or have already started. This report...

    • Downloads: 567
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Quick Take: Google Cloud Services Gather Steam

    New Developer Tools, Big Data Services, And Aggressive Pricing Will Tempt Enterprise Developers

    At last week's I/O developer conference, Google announced a slew of new developer tools, application programming interfaces (APIs), and cloud services that will make it easier for developers to put...

    • Downloads: 273
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Quick Take: Google Amps Up Android

    Android L-Preview Links Phones and Tablets To Cars, TVs, And Wearables

    Google I/O is the hottest developer conferences in the world for a reason: Android is the fastest growing and most-used mobile platform. That's not to say that Google is not a web juggernaut, too....

    • Downloads: 131
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Google Flu Trends — A Big Data Fail? Not Exactly

    Learn Big Data Lessons From Google

    In 2008, Google developed a big data predictive model using Internet search terms that it claimed could track the spread of the flu faster and with greater accuracy than the Center for Disease...

    • Downloads: 192
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Quick Take: Actian Throws Down The SQL-On-Hadoop Gauntlet

    It's Game On For Hadoop In The Enterprise

    Actian announced their Hadoop SQL query engine, Actian Analytics Platform — Hadoop SQL Edition, at the Hadoop Summit in San Jose on June 3rd. According to Actian, their SQL engine is not just...

    • Downloads: 143
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Reset On Big Data

    Embrace Big Data To Engage Customers At Scale

    Big data rhetoric is at an all-time high. The media is all over the map with its points of view and technology vendors tout products with claims that seem incredible. In the midst of this din, CIOs...

    • Downloads: 875
  • For B2C Marketing Professionals

    Report:Big Data's Big Meaning For Marketing

    Use Big Data To Deliver Context And Personalization At Scale

    In the age of the customer, it's not enough for your organization to simply meet your customers' needs. Today, your customers often expect you to anticipate their needs, in much the same way as the...

    • Downloads: 771
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Brief: IBM Big Data Cloud Services Are A Big Bet

    Try Out IBM's Tools, But Demand More Before You Commit

    On April 28th, IBM made a series of announcements that began bringing together its big data and cloud strategies. As firms plan to meet age-of-the-customer demands for agility and cost effective big...

    • Downloads: 340
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Architect For Extreme Uncertainty

    Use Systemic Design To Deal With The Unknown Unknowns

    Enterprise architecture is now at a critical tipping point. New digital business models and an unrelenting focus on customer engagement are unlocking new exciting initiatives and projects for...

    • Downloads: 386
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:EA Isn't Meeting The Demand For New Technology

    Your business is relentlessly pursuing opportunities to win, serve, and retain customers, and demanding new technology to do it. Meanwhile, enterprise architecture (EA) professionals are struggling...

    • Downloads: 306
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Think Like A Sponsor To Improve Emerging Technology Investments

    Enterprise expectations for information technology are high but firms have trouble making good investments. Emerging technology, in particular, is a risky investment; enterprise architecture (EA)...

    • Downloads: 250
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Top Technology Trends To Watch: 2014 To 2016

    Businesses are forced to operate at a new pace as they contend with informed customers, smart competitors, and employees who choose to use their own technology for work. These trends change how firms...

    • Downloads: 3807
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Tune Your Organization For Emerging Technology Innovation

    The disruptive impact of IT has become the top concern of chief executive officers (CEOs), and chief information officers (CIOs) are shifting their priorities in response. Despite this, we find firms...

    • Downloads: 633
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Use Past Performance To Create Future Emerging Technology Success

    Firms depend on emerging technology to meet strategic business objectives, but most projects involving new technology tend to fail late. Architects and technology strategists recognize they need to...

    • Downloads: 297
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Emerging Technology Innovation Needs New Tools

    Business leaders want to use technology to innovate and thus think technology selection is important. Meanwhile, our research suggests that many IT departments still rely on the same old methods to...

    • Downloads: 569
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Technology Watchlist Toolkit

    This toolkit provides practical techniques to help enterprise architects and technology innovation executives evaluate the broad landscape of emerging technology, choose the most appropriate...

    • Downloads: 58
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Deliver On Big Data Potential With A Hub-And-Spoke Architecture

    Data management has become as crucial as financial management to leading firms, but businesses grapple with data management platforms that can't respond fast enough to fickle customers and fluid...

    • Downloads: 1650