Gene Leganza

Vice President, Research Director

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EA Forum 2011: Key Tech Trends That Will Change Your Business

Gene Leganza January 21, 2011
Only a few weeks to go before Forrester’s US EA Forum 2011 in San Francisco in February! I’ll be presenting a number of sessions, including the opening kickoff, where I’ll paint a picture of where I see EA going in the next decade. As Alex Cullen mentioned, I’ll examine three distinct scenarios where EA rises in importance, […]
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Some Specifics On Those Top 15 Tech Trends

Gene Leganza October 21, 2010
I've taken some heat in comments at the ZDNET version of my post about the top 15 tech trends research piece. Apparently, to non-Forrester clients who don't have access to the research on the website (except for a rather steep by-the-drink price), the blog post comes off as a teaser with no payoff. Mea culpa. […]
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InfoWorld/Forrester EA Award Winners Announced

Gene Leganza September 20, 2010
Readers of this blog are all likely to agree that EA is important, but it's also true that EA teams struggle for influence, laboring mightily in the shadows, out of the limelight. Forrester and InfoWorld have teamed up to end all that. Well, OK, we may not be able to do a lot about the […]
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What Technology Trends Will Impact Your Organization In The Next 3 Years?

Gene Leganza August 24, 2010
Despite the lack of a sustained full-on recovery in the global economy, one gets the feeling that we're at the beginning of a period of tech expansion and growth, doesn't one? For many, 2011 budgeting planning is happening now, so it remains to be seen what your expansion and growth will be in the near term, […]
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Architects! Join Our Data Management Tweet Jam On MDM’s Next Evolution: Tuesday July 20 3-4 PM ET

Gene Leganza July 12, 2010
A number of Forrester analysts have been collaborating on a series of Tweet Jams on topics related to data management. The last session was on BI, and the next one up is on MDM. These are very lively sessions involving many points of view on some quite provocative topics. I'm pasting in text from analyst […]
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Architects: Join Our Data Management Tweet Jam May 13 2-3pm ET And Tweet About Your BI Issues

Gene Leganza May 12, 2010
When preparing for our upcoming Forrester Data Management Tweet Jam (May 13th, 2-3pm ET) -“What BI is Not!”- several analysts got together to discuss some of today’s key BI questions. The question on the table was, “How will social media impact traditional BI?” Here’s a snapshot of what we talked about: Jim Kobielus: (Twitter: @jameskobielus) Social […]
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It’s That Time Of The Year

Gene Leganza April 29, 2010
Ask people what makes May a noteworthy month, and many folks in the northern hemisphere will wax rhapsodic about its being the peak of springtime. Others might mention Mothers' day.  Ask Forrester's IT analysts and they're pretty sure to immediately blurt out "IT Forum!" IT Forum — the conference formerly known as GigaWorld — is […]
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Where’s The Line Between Architecting And Engineering?

Gene Leganza April 6, 2010
A basic question we're frequently asked is: What is the difference between architecting and designing or, alternately, between architecture and engineering? Most people who ask this question have conflict in their organizations regarding which IT role does what, and it often comes down to which project artifact is whose responsibility. For most organizations, the ambiguity […]
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Intro To A Research Series On Information Architecture

Gene Leganza March 24, 2010
This is not really a new blog post. It's a relatively recent post that didn't manage to make it over from my independent blog. I wanted to be sure it made it to my Forrester blog because I will have lots of publications and posts on information architecture coming up and this was a post […]
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Questions From The Next-Gen EA Teleconference On October 23, 2009

Gene Leganza October 28, 2009
Questions From The Next-Gen EA Teleconference On October 23, 2009 Jeff Scott and I presented a teleconference entitled “Next-Generation Enterprise Architecture” last week. It was a lively session with a lot of material on our side and a lot of questions from attendees. We focused on the questions over the phone in the live session […]
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Babies, Bath Water, And Enterprise Architecture Maturity Models

Gene Leganza September 10, 2009
Recently I took a look at an EA-maturity-model-cum-roadmap from Leo de Sousa, Manager of Business Application Services and Enterprise Architecture at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (click to read Leo’s blog on EA CMM). To my surprise, I liked it. Why was I surprised? I have never liked EA maturity models. Yes, tracking progress […]
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Will Business Architecture Initiatives Put A Permanent End To Business-IT Alignment Problems?

Gene Leganza August 7, 2009
An early 2009 Forrester interview with the CIO of a retail firm produced a great quote: “Our business execs have two views of IT: a big budget blob or their BlackBerry.” Now, maybe those retail business execs think of IT as a strategic budget blob, but it’s more likely that’s a shop with alignment issues. […]
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Aligning To The Emergent Strategy

Gene Leganza March 20, 2009
[Posted by Gene Leganza] CIOs’ business-IT alignment efforts and enterprise architects’ attempts to focus their architecture on business needs have one thing in common: they assume that good planning information is available from “the business side.” The problem is, the business folks don’t tend to plan too far ahead. And, when they can tell us […]
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