James Staten

Vice President, Principal Analyst serving Infrastructure & Operations PROFESSIONALS

James provides insights into and best-practice use of cloud computing and next-generation, collaborative business intelligence: adaptive intelligence. As the content lead for Forrester's cloud computing playbook, he advises IT leaders on public cloud platforms, CIO-level cloud investment strategies, cloud economics, hybrid cloud and cloud outsourcing (strategic rightsourcing), IT cloud readiness, and business and developer engagement on cloud.

James has been named a top cloud computing analyst each of the last five years by leading industry associations including Web Hosting Industry Review (2009), Apollo Research (2010 to 2011) and Wired (2012). He is also the 2011 recipient of the Forrester Bill Bluestein Award, given to the analyst whose body of work continually inspires our clients and guides their decisions to be great.

Previous Work Experience

James has more than 25 years' experience in the industry, having served as a chief marketing officer, vendor strategist, product marketing manager, reseller, journalist, and analyst for companies including Autodesk, Azul Systems, Gartner, Rockwell International, and Sun Microsystems.

He is a frequent speaker at industry, corporate, educational, and Wall Street events and has guest lectured at leading business schools.

Education

Working out of Silicon Valley, James holds a master's from the Annenberg School of Communications at the University of Southern California and a bachelor's degree from the University of North Texas.

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  • James Staten
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  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:TechRadar™ For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals: Cloud Computing, Q3 2009

    As Much Diversity Of Maturity Across Categories As Confusion Among Them

    The No. 1 challenge in cloud computing today is determining what it really is. What categories of services exist within the definition and business model, and how ready are these options for...

    • Downloads: 3132
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Market Overview: Private Cloud Solutions, Q2 2011

    Five Solution Types To Choose From For Advancing Virtualization Maturity

    Over the past year, client inquiry questions have evolved from "What is cloud?" to "What vendors should I consider?" This market overview examines the landscape of vendors providing solutions...

    • Downloads: 2941
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Which Cloud Computing Platform Is Right For You?

    Understanding The Difference Between Public, Hosted, And Internal Clouds

    Cloud computing platforms are more than just shared, multitenant infrastructures on the public Internet. There are actually three infrastructure-as-a-service cloud deployment options available to...

    • Downloads: 2288
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:The Forrester Wave™: Enterprise Public Cloud Platforms, Q2 2013

    One Size Does Not Fit All Developer Needs

    Public cloud platforms are the keys that unlock the flexibility, productivity, and economic advantages of cloud computing. Application development and delivery (AD&D) pros use a wide variety of...

    • Downloads: 1937
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:TechRadar™ For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals: Cloud Computing, Q4 2011

    Maturity, Acquisitions, And Enterprise Experience Drive Cloud Use Forward

    With interest in and priority for investment in cloud rising, concern and challenges remain regarding what is (and isn't) a cloud computing service and which options are safe, mature choices. To help...

    • Downloads: 1773
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Cloud Keys An Era Of New IT Responsiveness And Efficiency

    Vision: The Cloud Computing Playbook

    The cloud landscape is shifting to cover a broader range of enterprise needs. Why? Cloud is curing the lack of responsiveness and economic flexibility that ails on-premises IT. Look for the popular...

    • Downloads: 1364
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Q&A: By 2011, CIOs Must Answer The Question, "Why Not Run In The Cloud?"

    But Finding A Good Place To Start Is A Challenge For Most Shops

    At Forrester's IT Forum in Las Vegas in May 2009, we hosted an analyst panel about saving, making, and risking cash with cloud computing. The session sparked a lot of interest — and a lot of...

    • Downloads: 1776
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Rightsource Your Applications For The Cloud

    Tools And Technology: The Cloud Computing Playbook

    CIOs frequently ask us which applications they should consider moving to the cloud or replace with cloud services. Forrester provides you with a methodology to answer this question and help you...

    • Downloads: 1543
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Hollow Out The MOOSE: Reducing Cost With Strategic Rightsourcing

    Operationalizing BTaaS And Determining What Infrastructure Services Not To Do Yourself

    Leading IT shops are leveraging today's recessionary climate to transform their organizations and the portfolio of services they manage and maintain. A new business-technology-as-a-service model, put...

    • Downloads: 1241
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Predictions For 2014: Cloud Computing

    Cloud Formally Joins The IT Portfolio — Whether IT Likes It Or Not

    As we head into 2014, cloud computing is no longer a "future" but a "now." Investments are up, enterprise use is widespread, and the hybrid cloud model has arrived. While the bulk of cloud...

    • Downloads: 1357
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Make The Cloud Enterprise Ready

    In 2008, Forrester examined whether cloud computing was ready for the enterprise. In 2012, the answer is a definitive yes, but many enterprises aren't ready for the cloud. This report outlines the...

    • Downloads: 1285
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Are Converged Infrastructures Good For IT?

    New Unified Solutions Strive To Accelerate Virtualization Maturity

    IT pros have most of the basic ingredients to cook up their own cloud-like infrastructure — but there's no recipe, and many ingredients just don't combine well. Complicating the story are the...

    • Downloads: 1279
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Market Overview: Public IaaS Clouds, Q4 2011, Part 1

    How To Sift Through The Cloud Washing And Uncover True Value

    While cloud computing is still in the early adopter phase, you're under executive pressure to develop a cloud strategy. And it's up to you to sort through the cloud washing and not only understand...

    • Downloads: 1339
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Market Overview: Public IaaS Clouds, Q4 2011, Part 3

    Cloud Platforms: Foundational Systems Could Strengthen Your Preferred Service Providers

    A growing number of public infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) clouds are coming to market that share the same underlying capabilities, technologies, and interfaces. Rather than build their clouds...

    • Downloads: 1014
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Five Data Center And IT Infrastructure Lessons From The Cloud Giants

    Processes: The IT Infrastructure Playbook

    Amazon. Salesforce.com. Microsoft. Rackspace. The economics and efficiencies of the world's largest cloud and hosting service providers are an aspiration for some in enterprise IT — but a...

    • Downloads: 903
  • For Sourcing & Vendor Management Professionals

    Report:TechRadar™: Software-As-A-Service, Q1 2014

    Vendors Have More And Better SaaS Options Than Ever — Are You Prepared?

    Nearly 15 years after the appearance of software-as-a-service (SaaS) startups such as salesforce.com, NetSuite, and Google, software-as-a-service is nearing its tipping point. SaaS adoption is poised...

    • Downloads: 849
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:IBM Delivers On Its Cloud Marketing

    Smart Business Solutions For Cloud Deliver True Enterprise Value

    After two years of concerted effort to engage enterprises in a dialogue about cloud computing, IBM has delivered substantive solutions based on these discussions. Its offerings are a...

    • Downloads: 915
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:The Public Cloud Market Is Now In Hypergrowth

    Sizing The Public Cloud Market, 2014 To 2020

    Public cloud services continue to drive big changes in the markets for software, hardware, and IT outsourcing, while providing a foundation for age of the customer innovations. How much and when will...

    • Downloads: 665
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Understand The Cloud Service Provider Market Landscape

    Landscape: The Cloud Computing Playbook

    With cloud computing services now formal members of the technology management portfolio, the challenge shifts from understanding cloud to selecting the right partners. Most hosting companies, managed...

    • Downloads: 497
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Oracle Gets More Specific About Its Sun Plans

    No Forced Migrations, But Only Some Sun Products Seem Strategic To Oracle

    As the European Commission's (EC's) objections to the acquisition of Sun Microsystems continue to delay the deal, Oracle issued clarification on its intentions for Sun's technology, most notably its...

    • Downloads: 516
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Strategic Rightsourcing Application Portfolio Analysis Tool

    This an update to the portfolio analysis tool of the same name originally issued to clients on May 11, 2011. This portfolio analysis tool is based on Forrester's strategic rightsourcing...

    • Downloads: 60
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Case Study: Amylin's Strategic Rightsourcing Strategy

    Amylin Shaves 15% Off Its IT Budget By Incorporating Cloud Services

    To keep pace with a changing business model and rapidly changing technology demands, Amylin Pharmaceuticals had to dramatically change the way it delivered IT infrastructure services. This required...

    • Downloads: 434
  • For Sourcing & Vendor Management Professionals

    Report:Beware Of The "SaaS" Trap

    SaaS In Name Only Won't Deliver The Same Benefits And May Cost You Much More

    There's a disturbing trend reemerging in our client inquiries of late: rising demand for software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions and purchases of solutions that are not really SaaS. When we inform...

    • Downloads: 379
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Q3 2012 Global Cloud Developer Online Survey Results

    This PowerPoint deck presents the data gathered from Forrester’s Q3 2012 Global Cloud Developer Online Survey.  The survey fielded 106 responses; 56% from North America; 25% from Western...

    • Downloads: 62
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Microsoft Ascending

    In First 100 Days, Nadella's Team Shifts To A More Open And Aggressive Posture

    When Microsoft named Satya Nadella the third CEO in its history this past February, we posited 10 questions he needed to answer to ensure Microsoft's future relevance to enterprises. As Nadella's...

    • Downloads: 190