Expand Your Digital Horizon with Big Data

By Brian Hopkins and Boris Evelson, Forrester Research



At extreme scale, traditional data management and BI can become impractical with your business not getting what it demands: more insight to drive greater business performance.


Big data helps firms work with these extremes to deliver value. However big data will disrupt the data management landscape by changing fundamental notions about data governance and IT delivery. This report delves into the implication of big data and presents a balanced approach.


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How innovators are turning more data into more value
Big data can make extreme scale economical
When 2+2=3.9 is "good enough"
Common usage patterns of firms successfully using big data technologies



About the Authors:


Brian Hopkins, Principal Analyst at Forrester Research, covers emerging technology and its impact on business and IT for Enterprise Architecture Professionals. His research provides practical advice to architects and IT strategists seeking to leverage new information management tools and techniques while dealing with current-state challenges. In addition, Brian provides insights for enterprise architects in the insurance and defense industries, where he has extensive experience.


Brian has 14 years of experience in IT as an advisor, strategist, architect, and manager. Before joining Forrester, he worked for CNA Financial Services where he overhauled the practices, processes, and governance structure that enabled efficient solution delivery; participated in the effort to develop an enterprise business-technology road map; and managed a team of eight architects.


Boris Evelson, Vice President, Principal Analyst at Forrester Research, is a leading expert in business intelligence (BI). Boris' current research focuses on the practical and actionable best practices for building BI infrastructure and applications. Boris continues to explore emerging trends in next-generation BI, such as agile BI architecture and development approaches, in-memory analytics, advanced data visualization, convergence of structured data and unstructured content analytics, process-driven and operational BI, and many others.


Boris has more than 25 years of experience with enterprise software and applications implementation, management consulting, and strategic advisory skills. Most recently, Boris was a managing partner at Textra, a strategic advisory firm serving all IT constituents. Prior to cofounded Textra Boris was a VP and a strategic technology advisor at JPMorgan/LabMorgan, where he led many successful internal BI initiatives. Prior to JPMorgan, Boris served as a senior manager of data warehousing and customer relationship management (CRM) practices at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

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