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, hyrbid 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 (2010-11) 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
  • Sourcing & Procurement
  • 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...

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  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Best Practices: Infrastructure-As-A-Service (IaaS)

    It seems as if every CIO comes back from a conference cocktail party demanding IT "move to the cloud." While this can mean many things, including using software-as-a-service, managed hosting, or...

    • Downloads: 2553
  • 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...

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  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:The Forrester Wave™: IT Consolidation Consultancies, Q4 2010

    Accenture And HP Lead A Strong Field Of Worldwide Providers

    In Forrester's 40-criteria evaluation of IT consolidation consultancies, we found that Accenture and HP led the pack due to their breadth of capabilities and superior ability in business...

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  • 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...

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  • 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: 1266
  • 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...

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  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Market Overview: Public IaaS Clouds, Q4 2011, Part 2

    AWS Leads A Rapidly Growing Field

    For many I&O professionals, developing a cloud strategy is a top priority for 2011 and 2012. After strategically selecting certain workloads fit for public IaaS, it's now time for selecting your...

    • Downloads: 1315
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:The State Of Infrastructure-As-A-Service Cloud Standards

    Cloud adoption, particularly of infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS), is still in the early-adopter phase, and as a result there are no set industry standards. For IT infrastructure and operations...

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  • 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...

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  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Server Trends: The Hypervisor Wars Heat Up

    Segment Your Virtualization Portfolio To Maximize Value And Performance

    Consolidation and virtualization are top priorities for nearly every infrastructure and operations professional, especially when budgets are shrinking. The recent release of Hyper-V, Microsoft's...

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  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Amazon Brings Pork Belly Economics To Its Cloud

    How To Leverage EC2's Spot Instances, And Why You Should

    Amazon Web Services (AWS) introduced an intriguing new innovation to the infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) cloud computing market this month — Spot Instances — virtual machines available...

    • Downloads: 767
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Ignoring Cloud Risks A Growing Gap Between I&O And The Business

    Navigating The Shifts In Computing Infrastructure

    Over the past several years, we've seen two key cloud trends in the infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) space: 1) Public cloud adoption rates are highest among "informal buyers" (non-IT employees),...

    • Downloads: 688
  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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: 53
    • Comments: 1