Brian Hopkins


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Brian Hopkins is vice president and principal analyst at Forrester. Brian covers systems of insight, big data, data management, and analytics technology architecture and strategy, and he leads Forrester's emerging technology and technology innovation research. His research provides practical advice to architects and technology strategists seeking to embrace the business technology (BT) agenda with emerging digital technology, big data, analytics and insights to execution technologies.

The opinions expressed in this blog are those of Brian Hopkins and do not necessarily represent those of IDG Communications Inc. its parent, subsidiary or affiliated companies.

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What happens when digital technology creates exponential business change?

What happens when digital technology creates exponential business change?

The problem with exponential systems is that they look linear early on, so we tend to misjudge them. There is a very practical side to this that CIO’s have to understand. You see, it’s not that smart people don’t see the change coming...

All your big data will mean nothing without systems of insight

All your big data will mean nothing without systems of insight

Businesses want to use data to understand customers, but they can’t do that without harnessing insights and consistently turning data into effective action.

3 Ways to Invest in Emerging Technology in the Age of Digital Disruption

In today's world, digital disruption can strike in the blink of an eye, which has IT executives rethinking competitive strategies. In order to compete with digital disruptors businesses must take a new investment approach to emerging...

Beyond the Hype of Big Data

CIOs that ignore the big data chatter risk losing a valuable competitive advantage

What Happens When Centralized IT No Longer Exists?

When we get used to something, we often think it will never change but it does eventually; who bought a house in 2006 and assumed the value would surely keep going up?

Blogging From the IBM Big Data Symposium - Big Is More Than Just Big

Just attended a Big Data symposium courtesy of IBM and thought I’d share a few insights, as probably many of you have heard the term but are not sure what it means to you.

Not Your Grandfather's Data Warehouse - Big Data and Virtualization Impact your EDW Architecture

As I dig into my initial research, it dawned on me - some technology trends are having an impact on information management/data warehouse (DW) architectures, and EAs should consider these when planning out their firm's road map. The...

Closing the Innovation Gap

You may have noticed that this blog's subject matter covers EA practices, challenges and strategy but does not say much about technology. While this has been important over the past few years to move EA out of a pure-play technologist...

The ‘Order-Deliver’ IT Model is Broken

The current IT Delivery model will not support tomorrow's competitive environment.It simply takes too long. While the Business is "ordering" and IT is "delivering", another more nimble competitor has pulled their business partners...

The Essential EA Toolkit Part 4 - An Enterprise Roadmap

After taking Q4-10 off, I'm energized and back to blogging. Several of you have inquired about completion timing of the EA Toolkit series, so here is part 4(.1). -

The Anthropology of Data

I wrote this in March 2010 on my personal blog,

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