Boris Evelson

Vice President, Principal Analyst

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What Qualifies A BI Vendor As A Native Hadoop BI Platform?

Boris Evelson February 11, 2016

With the incredible popularity of big data and Hadoop every Business Intelligence (BI) vendor wants to also be known as a "BI on Hadoop" vendor. But what they really can do is limited to a) querying HDFS data organized in HIVE tables using HiveQL or b) ingest any flat file into memory and analyze the […]

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What are the typical Text Analytics jobs and responsibilities?

Boris Evelson February 11, 2016

Hi I am kicking off a research stream which will result in the "Text Analytics Roles & Responsibilities" doc. Before I finalize an RFI to our clients to see who/how/when/where they employ for these projects and applications, I'd like to explore what the actual roles and responsibilities are. So far we've come up with the […]

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Selecting Professional Service Provider For Your Business Intelligence/Information Management/Analytics/Big Data Projects

Boris Evelson February 5, 2016

You've done all the right things by following your enterprise vendor selection methodology. You created an RFI and sent it out to all of the vendors on your "approved" list. You then filtered out the responses based on your requirements, and sent out a detailed RFP. You created a detailed scoring methodology, reviewed the proposals, […]

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Build More Effective Data Visualizations

Boris Evelson October 28, 2015

Industry-renowned data visualization expert Edward Tufte once said: "The world is complex, dynamic, multidimensional; the paper is static, flat. How are we to represent the rich visual world of experience and measurement on mere flatland?" He's right: There's too much information out there for knowledge workers to effectively analyze — be they hands-on analysts, data […]

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Forrester Quick Take: AWS QuickSight Will Disrupt Business Intelligence And Analytics Markets

Boris Evelson October 7, 2015

Get ready for AWS business intelligence (BI): it's real and it packs a punch! Today’s BI market is like a perpetual motion machine — an unstoppable engine that never seems to run out of steam. Forrester currently tracks more than 50 BI vendors, and not a month goes by without a software vendor or startup […]

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The Forrester Wave™: Agile Business Intelligence Platforms, Q3 2015

Boris Evelson September 26, 2015

Consumers (and B2B customers) are more and more empowered with mobile devices and cloud-based, all but unlimited access to information about products, services, and prices. Customer stickiness is increasingly difficult to achieve as they demand instant gratification for their ever changing tastes and requirements. Switching product and service providers is now just a matter of […]

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BI and data integration professionals face a multitude of overlapping data preparation options

Boris Evelson September 9, 2015

Ah, the good old days. The world used to be simple. ETL vendors provided data integration functionality, DBMS vendors data warehouse platforms and BI vendors concentrated on reporting, analysis and data visualization. And they all lived happily ever after without stepping on each others’ toes and benefiting from lucrative partnerships. Alas, the modern world of […]

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Make Your BI Environment More Agile With BI on Hadoop

Boris Evelson August 17, 2015

In the past three decades, management information systems, data integration, data warehouses (DWs), BI, and other relevant technologies and processes only scratched the surface of turning data into useful information and actionable insights: Organizations leverage less than half of their structured data for insights. The latest Forrester data and analytics survey finds that organizations use […]

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Don't Throw Hadoop At Every BI Challenge

Boris Evelson August 10, 2015

The explosion of data and fast-changing customer needs have led many companies to a realization: They must constantly improve their capabilities, competencies, and culture in order to turn data into business value. But how do Business Intelligence (BI) professionals know whether they must modernize their platforms or whether their main challenges are mostly about culture, […]

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Hit the road running with a new BI initiative

Boris Evelson July 29, 2015

Even though Business Intelligence applications have been out there for decades lots of people still struggle with “how do I get started with BI”. I constantly deal with clients who mistakenly start their BI journey by selecting a BI platform or not thinking about the data architecture. I know it’s a HUGE oversimplification but in […]

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Systems Of Insight: Next Generation Business Intelligence

Boris Evelson July 21, 2015

Earlier Generation BI Needs A Tune Up Business intelligence has gone through multiple iterations in the past few decades. While BI's evolution has addressed some of the technology and process shortcomings of the earlier management information systems, BI teams still face challenges. Enterprises are transforming only 40% of their structured data and 31% of their […]

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Expand Your Big Data Capabilities With Unstructured Text Analytics

Boris Evelson April 29, 2015

Beware of insights! Real danger lurks behind the promise of big data to bring more data to more people faster, better, and cheaper: Insights are only as good as how people interpret the information presented to them. When looking at a stock chart, you can’t even answer the simplest question — “Is the latest stock […]

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An Approach To Converge The Worlds of Big Data And BI

Boris Evelson March 27, 2015

Webster dictionary defines a synonym as "a word having the same or nearly the same meaning" or as "a word or expression accepted as another name for something." This is so true for popular definitions of BI and big data. Forrester defines BI as:   A set of methodologies, processes, architectures, and technologies that transform […]

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The Forrester Wave™: Enterprise Business Intelligence Platforms, Q1 2015

Boris Evelson March 27, 2015

The majority of large organizations have either already shifted away from using BI as just another back-office process and toward competing on BI-enabled information or are in the process of doing so. Businesses can no longer compete just on the cost, margins, or quality of their products and services in an increasingly commoditized global economy. […]

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It's Not Your Grandfather's Open Source BI Market Any Longer

Boris Evelson February 13, 2015

There's never been a question on the advantages of open source software. Crowdsourcing, vendor independence, ability to see and in some cases control the source code, and lower costs are just a few benefits of open source software (OSS) and business model. Linux and Apache Hadoop are prime examples of successful OSS projects. It's a […]

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Build An Agile Business Intelligence (BI) Organization

Boris Evelson February 5, 2015

The battle of trying to apply traditional waterfall software development life-cycle (SDLC) methodology and project management to BI has already been fought — and largely lost. These approaches and best practices, which apply to most other enterprise applications, work well in some cases, as with very well-defined and stable BI capabilities like tax or regulatory […]

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Get Ready For BI Change

Boris Evelson January 16, 2015

To compete in today's global economy, businesses and governments need agility and the ability to adapt quickly to change. And what about internal adoption to roll out enterprise-grade Business Intelligence (BI) applications? BI change is ongoing; often, many things change concurrently. One element that too often takes a back seat is the impact of changes on […]

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BI-Self Service Will Close The Business And Technology Gap In 2015

Boris Evelson November 6, 2014

Two epic battles have been going on for decades in the world of Business Intelligence and Analytics. Who has the ultimate control of these domains, Business or Technology? And which in the grand scheme of things has a higher priority, customer facing vs. back office analytics? Well, in what Forrester calls the age of the […]

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Agile, flexible, modern BI deployments often require help from the professionals

Boris Evelson October 16, 2014

Digitally empowered customers — both businesses and consumers — wield a huge influence on enterprise strategies, policies, and customer-facing and internal processes. With mobile devices, the Internet, and all-but-unlimited access to information about products, services, prices, and deals, customers are now well informed about companies and their products, and are able to quickly find alternatives […]

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Boris Evelson October 14, 2014

There just might be another 800-lb gorilla in the Business Intelligence market. In a year. The popular cult book “Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy” by Douglas Adams defines space as “. . . big. Really big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is. . .” There are no better words to describe the size and the opportunity […]

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