Gene Leganza

Vice President, Principal Analyst serving Enterprise Architecture PROFESSIONALS

Gene provides research and advisory services that address the needs of Enterprise Architecture Professionals. His research focuses on information strategy and architecture with a particular concentration on the data economy and its impact on business processes, organizational structures, and technology strategy. He also provides research on data service providers as partners in improving information capabilities.

Previous Work Experience

Gene has more than 30 years of IT experience, including enterprise architecture planning, infrastructure architecture, IT management, performance management, capacity planning, product strategy, and application development. Gene came to Forrester through its acquisition of Giga Information Group. Prior to joining Giga, he was director of infrastructure architecture and capacity planning at John Hancock Financial Services in Boston. Previously, he held senior IT positions at First Data Corporation and Fidelity Investments and development and marketing management positions at leading software firms.

He has published dozens of papers on various topics and has spoken at a variety of conferences in the US and abroad.

Education

Gene earned a B.A. in psychology and music from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut.

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  • Gene Leganza
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Brief: The Wrong Way And The Right Way To Transform EA

    Inside-Out Plans Lead To Frustration And Failure

    Enterprise architecture (EA) leaders often look at their program and realize that it's not working the way they hoped. Perhaps they have been relegated to a policing role or a checklist item. Or they...

    • Downloads: 6
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Assess Your Readiness For A Cohesive Information Strategy And Architecture Program

    Assessment: The Information Strategy And Architecture Playbook

    Information workers thrive or falter depending on their ability to get the information they need quickly and easily, with high confidence that it's the right information. Enterprises need to protect...

    • Downloads: 740
  • For CMO Professionals

    Report:Unify Data Expertise To Fuel Your Marketing Operating System

    Define Data Responsibilities To Boost Enterprise Intelligence

    This report, originally written for customer insights professionals, includes content relevant to CMOs. And here's why: Dramatic changes in how empowered customers now use digital and nondigital...

    • Downloads: 65
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Eliminate Confusion In Data Management Roles And Responsibilities

    Organization: The Data Management Playbook

    As enterprise architecture (EA) leaders prioritize data capabilities, they're looking broadly at how data management (DM) resources are spread across the organization. Where can they consolidate...

    • Downloads: 646
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Treat Information As A Strategic Asset

    Business Case: The Information Strategy And Architecture Playbook

    Business cases to fund information management capabilities have traditionally characterized information problems in ways that elicit little more than yawns from business executives. Data redundancy...

    • Downloads: 1149
  • For Customer Insights Professionals

    Report:Make Your Organization Smarter With Enhanced Customer Insights Centers Of Excellence

    Know Your Options When Deploying Customer Insights Talent

    A tsunami of data is transforming the business world. Everywhere, data is being generated, captured, stored, analyzed, and reported on. Companies, meanwhile, struggle to harness new data and put it...

    • Downloads: 225
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Drive Coherence Across Your Diverse Information Architecture Landscape

    Landscape: The Information Strategy And Architecture Playbook

    The ability of enterprise and information architects to manage information strategically is becoming a high priority, but a coherent and comprehensive approach to information in the enterprise is a...

    • Downloads: 587
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Define The Shifting Responsibilities Of The Information Architect

    Organization: The Information Strategy And Architecture Playbook

    The role of the information architect varies in organizations from user experience experts to data integration experts to an impossibly broad collection of knowledge and skills that simply can't be...

    • Downloads: 1046
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Build A High-Performance EA Practice

    Executive Overview: The EA Practice Playbook

    The ability to nimbly navigate change in business environments makes the difference between an industry-leading enterprise and one that always seems a beat behind. But how can enterprise architects...

    • Downloads: 1600
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Design Your Organization To Take Control Of Your Customer Data

    Part Two In A Two-Part Series On Designing Your Data Organization

    As firms try to ramp up their data capabilities to make the best use of their customer data, they are finding a lot wrong with the state of their organization. They lack the skills and knowledge they...

    • Downloads: 188
  • For Customer Insights Professionals

    Report:Define Data Responsibilities To Boost Enterprise Intelligence

    Who Does What To Maximize The Impact Of Customer Data

    As firms try to ramp up their data capabilities to make the best use of customer data, they are finding a lot wrong with the state of their organization. They lack the skills and knowledge they need,...

    • Downloads: 134
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Predictions 2015: The Data Economy Goes Mainstream

    CIOs Will Race To Unlock Marketable Data Insights

    The data economy — the market system of buyers and sellers exchanging data to create insights and value — will dramatically expand in 2015. New data sources and new data analytics tools...

    • Downloads: 250
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Designing Your EA Operating Model And Organization

    Organization: The EA Practice Playbook

    Enterprise architecture (EA) leaders must decide what resources they need and how to organize them when EA programs are first initiated — or more commonly, when unsuccessful programs are...

    • Downloads: 315
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Changing Your Approach To Information Strategy? You're Not Alone

    Benchmarks: The Information Strategy And Architecture Playbook

    Until recently, information architects have labored in vain to get business subject matter experts to participate in information architecture (IA) definition and governance activities. But now the...

    • Downloads: 480
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Drive Information Strategy Performance Management With Capability Models

    Performance Management: The Information Strategy And Architecture Playbook

    As capability maps become the prevailing form for modeling business architectures, capability-based planning has become an effective practice to map organizations' general path forward. Performance...

    • Downloads: 605
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Create KPIs That Show The Effectiveness Of Your Information Strategy

    Continuous Improvement: The Information Strategy And Architecture Playbook

    How effective is your information strategy? You can't answer that question without a comprehensive assessment process and key performance indicator (KPI) reporting mechanism that specifically targets...

    • Downloads: 786
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Map Your Way To Your Information Strategy's Business Outcomes

    Road Map: The Information Strategy And Architecture Playbook

    One of the most difficult aspects of an information architecture (IA) practice is engaging stakeholders to buy into your strategy and contribute to your architecture development. The architect's best...

    • Downloads: 878
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:It's Time To Take Your Data To Market

    Your Data May Have Tremendous Commercial Potential

    Data is exploding — some statistics claim 90% of the world's data has been generated in the past two years. This environment has resulted in companies starting to examine the commercial...

    • Downloads: 245
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Create The Operating Model For The Information Management Organization

    Part One In A Two Part Series On Designing Your Data Organization

    In the increasingly digitized world, having superior data on where your customers go, what they do, and how they use your products is a competitive advantage. However, data management in most...

    • Downloads: 330
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Develop Your Enterprise Architecture Skills

    With growing recognition of the importance of enterprise architecture (EA) as an essential capability in digital business, firms are beefing up their EA groups — relaunching underperforming EA...

    • Downloads: 463
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Brief: A Data Services Taxonomy

    A Quick Guide To Forrester's Definitions For Data Services

    A broad range of traditional and new, emerging data services, combined with the use of various different terms for such services, results in confusion for buyers. This report outlines Forrester's...

    • Downloads: 179
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Five Things EAs Should Do To Prepare For The Data Economy

    Expand Your Firm's Use Of Data And Change The Game

    The data economy is upon us and it's changing application and enterprise architectures. But enterprise architects are seldom asked "Get us ready for the data economy." Rather, data management...

    • Downloads: 325
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Focus Your Information Strategy On Business Impact

    Executive Overview: The Information Strategy And Architecture Playbook

    Enterprise architecture (EA) professionals face the challenge of satisfying business execs' growing interest in data in the face of immature information management practices. This report replaces...

    • Downloads: 284
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Navigating The New Data Market Landscape

    New Data Sources And Players Offer Richer, Easier-To-Use Data For Better Business Decisions

    Organizations across industries are experiencing a data explosion that is doing nothing short of revolutionizing business practices. The availability of new data sources and delivery models provides...

    • Downloads: 437
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:The Things We Do For… Data

    Many Apps Give You Something For Nothing — Well, Not Quite Nothing

    Forrester has noted the growing presence of applications and websites that provide free services just to capture consumer data and market it to third parties. This report reviews examples of the...

    • Downloads: 210