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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Got big data? Go public cloud or go home.
Business Technology Insights (by Forrester)

Got big data? Go public cloud or go home.

By 2020, firms that are not fully leveraging the public cloud for big data analytics will be hard-pressed to keep the pace set by digital leaders that innovate with emerging technology faster than their competitors.
June 16, 2017
What happens when digital technology creates exponential business change?
Business Technology Insights (by Forrester)

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 -- what they fail to estimate correctly is the speed at which it comes. Every business disruption story ever told boils down to this. Certain emerging technologies accelerate others, creating an exponential effect on business outcomes.
March 20, 2017

Playing the disruption game

As technology has become a core part of business strategy, it needs to adapt to continual disruption in the business model, says Forrester's Brian Hopkins, who offers some advice on how to do this
September 30, 2012

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 technology.
September 26, 2012

Beyond the Hype of Big Data

CIOs that ignore the big data chatter risk losing a valuable competitive advantage
October 28, 2011
Practicing Enterprise Architecture

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?
June 3, 2011
Practicing Enterprise Architecture

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 role, I think it is time for a change.
April 21, 2011
Practicing Enterprise Architecture

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 into the kitchen and prepared a better dish, together, in half the time.
January 31, 2011
Practicing Enterprise Architecture

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). -
January 17, 2011
Practicing Enterprise Architecture

The Anthropology of Data

I wrote this in March 2010 on my personal blog,
October 20, 2010
Practicing Enterprise Architecture

The Essential EA Toolkit Part 3 – An Architecture Governance Process

The Essential EA Toolkit is a four-part blog on some recommended tools for Enterprise Architecture Teams. By "tools" I mean a few well-executed deliverables or processes that contribute enormous value to the organization (read Enterprise). These are not technologies; they require only standard office productivity software and perhaps a collaboration application such as SharePoint.
October 8, 2010
Practicing Enterprise Architecture

EA Blogosphere Update (August 2010) – Better Late Than Never

[Apologize, I should have posted this two weeks ago, but my day job and life kept setting other priorities.] The overriding theme for August was Governance. I guess because it is annual planning time for Fortune 500 America. Before I cover some interesting posts, here is a definition of Governance that I have found very useful -
September 22, 2010
Practicing Enterprise Architecture


Cloudsourcing is the combination of Cloud Computing and Outsourcing. Individually, they are impacting how Enterprise Architecture is practiced; together they form a driving force for evolution of the practice.
September 7, 2010
Practicing Enterprise Architecture

Evolution Was Bad for Neanderthals

If you were a Neanderthal, evolution was bad; at least the dinosaurs left birds. Humans emerged and you were no longer relevant - you and your buds left a lot of nice bones for us to dig up. When technology professionals of the future dig up our bones what will they find? Ancestors or Neanderthals?
August 24, 2010
Practicing Enterprise Architecture

The Enterprise Architecture Blogosphere Update (July in Review)

Like most of us the spend time writing about Enterprise Architecture, I follow the works of my colleagues. Rather than proffer my own opinion in this post, I dedicate this week's blog to what others are saying: Todd Biske writes about our need to stay focused on our customers in a Lesson on Service Management -
August 4, 2010
Practicing Enterprise Architecture

The Essential EA Toolkit (Part 1)

In order to be effective, Enterprise Architecture teams need "tools" in their toolkit, and I don't mean technologies like System Architect or Troux. Rather, I am referring to a few deliverables that create enormous value for your business and can be realized as simple drawings, processes and existing collaboration applications.
July 27, 2010
Practicing Enterprise Architecture

Trends in Enterprise Architecture

2008-2009 was a watershed for the EA Practice. Those that remain and thrive in the later days of the Great Recession are leaner, more business focused, delivering measurable value through strategy, governance and focus on critical interfaces between key enterprise components. There are three trends that support this conclusion:
July 19, 2010