Brian Hopkins

VP, Principal Analyst

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Take A Broader View Of Agile To Survive In The Digital Age

Brian Hopkins November 20, 2012
I just finished analyzing our Q3 2012 Global State Of Enterprise Architecture Online Survey, where we asked a number of questions at the end of the survey on how firms identify and introduce new technology – new technology that your firm is counting on for innovation and competitive advantage. The results underscore a conviction that […]
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It Doesn’t Matter Where EA Lives — So Let’s Stop Arguing About It

Brian Hopkins August 28, 2012
George Colony, our CEO, just released a post on his blog about enterprise architecture, aptly enough named “Enterprise Architects For Dummies (CEOs).” I retweeted the post to my followers and received a flood of responses, most of which were violently disagreeing with George’s assertion that EA works for the CIO. I think this is a […]
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The First Rule Of Big Data — Don’t Talk About Big Data

Brian Hopkins August 10, 2012
I’ll be chairing Big Data World Europe on September 19 in London; in advance of that event, here are a few thoughts. Since late 2011, we’ve seen the big data noise level eclipse cloud and even BYOD, and we are seeing the backlash too (see Death By Big Data, to which I tweeted, “Yes, I […]
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From Our EA Community — Boiling Down Your BT Strategy To A Single Page

Brian Hopkins July 25, 2012
Last fall, a member of our enterprise architecture community asked a simple question — how do you represent IT strategy on a single page? What resulted was the most read and commented discussion to date. That got our attention! But what really piqued our interest was when another community participant challenged us to go beyond […]
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Starving People Will Find Food

Brian Hopkins April 20, 2012
In our Forrsights Business Decision-Makers Survey, Q4 2011, 79% of business executive respondents said that technology will be a key source of innovation for their company, while 71% said that it will be a competitive differentiator. So how well positioned is IT to help firms meet these expectations? Forty-six percent thought that their current IT organization was not […]
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Agility And What’s Keeping You From It

Brian Hopkins April 11, 2012
In our Forrsights Business Decision-Makers Survey, Q4 2011, we asked business technology leaders to rate IT’s ability to establish an architecture that can accommodate changes to business strategy. While 45% of IT rated its ability positively, only 30% of business respondents did. Clearly, both think there is room for improvement, but business is more concerned about it. […]
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Are Your Employees Doing This?

Brian Hopkins February 3, 2012
I just saw something that makes a point I covered in a technology trends briefing for a client yesterday. After getting my Sun-dried Ethiopia Harrar (a $3.45 “clover-brewed,” ridiculously priced guilty pleasure – nice marketing job, Starbucks!), I noticed a young woman sitting behind me with her 5×7 notebook out, busily scribbling while bent over a large […]
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2012 Predictions – Technology Will Shape Who We Are As People And Businesses

Brian Hopkins January 12, 2012
In the first phase of the information age, technology helped us achieve new levels of productivity. In the next phase, technology will shape who we are. Why? Because technology is everywhere – and savvy businesses are paying attention. I did a check on a recent trip and noticed that, on average, 80% of the people around […]
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A Copernican Shift (And A Tip Of My Hat To Randy Heffner)

Brian Hopkins December 20, 2011
As my first calendar year as an analyst draws to a close, I wanted to thank everybody who has read and commented on my blog and say that I look forward to even more next year. In closing out the year, I turn for a moment away from emerging technology to share an email I […]
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Rethink Your IT Strategy If You’re Serious About Cloud

Brian Hopkins November 25, 2011
Cloud – people can’t agree on exactly what it is, but everyone can agree that they want some piece of it. I have not talked to a single client who isn’t doing something proactively to pursue cloud in some form or fashion. This cloud-obsession was really evident in our 2011 technology tweet jam as well, […]
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Big Data, Brewer, And A Couple Of Webinars

Brian Hopkins August 29, 2011
Whenever I think about big data, I can't help but think of beer – I have Dr. Eric Brewer to thank for that. Let me explain. I've been doing a lot of big data inquiries and advisory consulting recently. For the most part, folks are just trying to figure out what it is. As I […]
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Do Not Depend On EA To Innovate

Brian Hopkins August 11, 2011
Many organizations expect EAs to be the source of technology innovations. They are broadly knowledgeable, experienced, connect-the-dots kind of people you might naturally expect to come up with reasonable ideas for new approaches and technology. When you think about it a bit, this expectation is misplaced. Here’s why I think this: The best technology innovators […]
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Please Join Us At The Forrester Technology Trends Tweet Jam, 10-11 ET on 7/29

Brian Hopkins July 20, 2011
It's that time again, and we are busy updating our annual report, "The Top 15 Trends EA Should Watch." For this year, we have expanded the number of analysts contributing to the research, and we want to capture your thoughts condensed into 140 character sound bytes. In addition to using the jam as research, we are […]
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Spiders And Elephants – Social Connections And Big Data Will Determine The Next Big Winners And Losers

Brian Hopkins July 5, 2011
I’ve been following a couple of 2011 developments that together may determine the next big technology winners and losers. To get your click, I’ve been obscure in my title. Spiders refers to the battle for control of the webs that connect us all together. Google won the first race by connecting webs of content, and […]
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Enterprise Data Management Is Not The Holy Grail

Brian Hopkins June 20, 2011
From my first days as a baby architect, I was spoon-fed the idea that enterprise data management (EDM) was the solution to our data woes. Some call it enterprise information management or other names that mean a holistic approach to managing data that is business led and centered on stewardship and governance. The DMBOK provides […]
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What Happens When Central “IT” No Longer Exists?

Brian Hopkins June 3, 2011
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? We are working at an architectural inflection point. The signals are all around us – cloud, big data, mobility, smart computing, etc. While […]
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Is Moore’s Law Still Valid?

Brian Hopkins May 24, 2011
Has anybody noticed that processor speed has stopped doubling every 18 months? This occurred to me the other day, so I took some time to figure out why and draw some conclusions about Moore's law and the impacts of continued advances in chip technology. Here what I've come up with: 1) Moore's law is still valid, […]
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Blogging From the IBM Big Data Symposium – Big Is More Than Just Big

Brian Hopkins May 13, 2011
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. No. 1: Big Data is about looking out of the front window when you drive, not the rearview mirror. What do […]
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Not Your Grandfather’s Data Warehouse

Brian Hopkins May 5, 2011
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 next thought I had – this wasn’t completely obvious when I began. The final thought? As the […]
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Closing The Innovation Gap

Brian Hopkins April 21, 2011
Greetings — thanks for taking the time to read my inaugural blog! Let me introduce myself by way of continuing a discussion that I started at Practicing EA and CIO.com on innovation and technology that I think strikes at the heart of our challenges as enterprise architects. It also provides a good context for my future research, […]
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