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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17 results in Reports

  • James Staten
  • Past 18 months
  • 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: 52
    • Comments: 1
  • 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: 255
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:The Seismic Shift In Application Portfolios

    How Enterprise Applications Evolve In The Age Of The Customer

    Driven by rapidly changing customer engagement models, enterprise application portfolios are evolving at dramatically different rates on either side of a fault line. Systems of engagement...

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  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Which Public Cloud Platforms Offer The Right Configuration Controls?

    Depth Of Control Matters Most To DevOps But Can Hinder Others

    Developers of modern applications value the agility and abstraction that public cloud platforms provide, but there are vast differences in the degree of control and configurability each platform...

    • Downloads: 179
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:What The Evolution Of Cloud Storage Means For I&O

    Over the last few years, the capabilities and reach of cloud storage services have evolved rapidly, with many organizations expressing interest in storage-as-a-service. With or without the support of...

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  • 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: 635
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  • 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...

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  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Improve Business Outcomes With Adaptive Intelligence

    Making Business Intelligence A Collaborative Process Leads To Greater Insights, Security, And Efficiency

    Enterprise execs who seek to understand their customers, market, and competitive landscape can't afford to limit their insights to the data they generate. Nor can they hope to gain sufficient insight...

    • Downloads: 384
  • 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...

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  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Who Are Enterprise Cloud Developers?

    What Forrester's Forrsights Developer Survey, Q1 2013 Shows

    Less than a quarter of all enterprise developers are using cloud platforms today. Examining the first movers, using the Forrester Forrsights Developer Survey, Q1 2013, we found significant...

    • Downloads: 156
  • 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...

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  • For Marketing Leadership Professionals

    Report:Introducing Adaptive Intelligence

    Why Firms Need To Share Data To Become Customer-Obsessed

    Enterprises seeking to better understand their customers, market, and competitive landscape can't afford to limit their insights to only what they already know — the data they generate...

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  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Predictions For 2013: Cloud Computing

    We'll Finally Get Real About Cloud

    As we start the new year, there is one clear takeaway regarding the cloud computing market: Enterprise use has arrived. Cloud use is no longer solely hiding in the shadows; IT departments are no...

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  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:The Rise Of The New Cloud Admin

    And No, It's Not Your Virtualization Manager

    Nearly half of all enterprise IT shops claim to be prioritizing private cloud investments in 2013, but both in the largest enterprises and those firms that are most aggressively investing in public...

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  • 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...

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  • For CIO Professionals

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

    Future Look: 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...

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  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Don't Move Your Apps To The Cloud

    Use The Cloud To Transform Them Instead

    It has become conventional wisdom that leveraging cloud services will save you money. But that isn't universally true. To achieve these benefits, especially from cloud platforms...

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