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.


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
  • For Chief Information Officer Professionals

    Blog:How Cloudy Are Your Cloud Service Provider Partners?

    There’s no shortage of companies these days calling themselves cloud service providers (CSPs) but are they really? And if not, what value do they bring to your portfolio and the cloud...

    • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

      Blog:Now This Is How To Do The App Internet Right — Autodesk Cloud Shows The Way

      Much of the discussion around integrating applications with the Internet has centered on mobile applications connected to web backends that deliver greater customer experiences than mobile apps or...

      • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

        Blog:I Want My Own Azure — If You're Big You Got It!

        If you are an infrastructure service provider and partner of Microsoft you probably haven't been too pleased with the Redmond horde of late. Are they friend or foe? Sure, you can resell and host...

        • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

          Blog:What’s Your Cloud Future?

          We know that cloud services and cloud platforms are here to stay and should be considered part of your overall IT portfolio but how much of that portfolio will these services occupy in your future?...

          • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

            Blog:VMware's Surprising Acquisition Of SpringSource

            VMware, usually known for virtualization software, has come out of left field with a shrewd move purchasing app dev. company SpringSource, which is likely to be paired up with part of their VCloud...

            • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

              Blog:How to Avoid the Hidden Costs of Cloud Computing

              We all know the conventional wisdom about cloud computing: it's cheap, fast and easy. But is it really that much cheaper? Or is it simply optics that make it appear cheaper? Optics can...

              • For Chief Information Officer Professionals

                Blog:Where BI Falls Short: Taking A Singular Point Of View

                There is a reason the phrase, “beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” has held significance and power in our society for so many generations. And in that phrase is a lesson for all of us...

                • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

                  Blog:Xen.org: Stop the Forking. Forrester: About Time

                   Xen.org, the open source community behind the leading IaaS cloud computing hypervisor finally made a bold move today by stepping up to the plate of delivering a complete open source virtual...

                  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

                    Blog:Intel vs. AMD still isn’t a fair fight

                    There are more hindrances to AMD’s ability to penetrate the market with its Opteron CPUs; and Intel’s not a fault this time. In an earlier blog post on the AMD-Intel settlement I brought...

                    • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

                      Blog:CenturyLink May Finally Have Figured Out the Cloud

                      After a couple less-than-home-runs in the cloud game, it looks like CenturyLink might just have a real contender. The US midwestern telecommunications leader pulled the trigger on yet another...

                      • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

                        Blog:CenturyLink-Savvis: Is The Rush To Cloud 1 + 1 = More Than 2 For Enterprise I&O?

                        Hot on the heels of Verizon’s acquisition of Terremark comes today’s $3.2 billion purchase of Savvis by CenturyLink, signaling that the rush to be an enterprise cloud leader is on. It...

                        • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

                          Blog:Windows Azure Crosses Over To IaaS

                          At its Professional Developers Conference this week, Microsoft made the long-awaited debut of its Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) solution, under the guise of the “VM-role”...

                          • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

                            Blog:IBM Is Innovating In Servers Again

                            It’s good to see IBM has returned to the world of x86 server innovation with its latest eX5 line of servers announced this week. Shortly after IBM sold off its PC business to Lenovo, rumors...

                            • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

                              Blog:Assessing The Maturity Of Cloud Computing Services

                              The number one 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 these options are for...

                              • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

                                Blog:The Enterprise Server Impact Of Intel/AMD Settlement Remains To Be Seen

                                As an infrastructure and operations professional, it’s hard not to like the terms of the settlement between Intel and AMD but the implications for your buying strategy and roadmap aren’t that clear...

                                • For Chief Information Officer Professionals

                                  Blog:IBM’s Cloud Platform Strategy Is Getting Legitimate

                                  After a slow and somewhat disjointed start, it looks like IBM is starting to build some serious momentum in the Public Cloud Platform game.  The company got a leg up with its 2013 acquisition of...

                                  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

                                    Blog:Getting Private Cloud Right Takes Unconventional Thinking

                                    Recent Forrester inquiries from enterprise infrastructure and operations (I&O) professionals show that there's still significant confusion between infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) private...

                                    • For Chief Information Officer Professionals

                                      Blog:Oracle And OpenStack: A Tale Of Two Completely Opposite Strategies

                                      If you wanted to see the full spectrum of cloud choices that are coming to market today you only have to look at these two efforts as they are starting to evolve. They represent the extremes. And...

                                      • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

                                        Blog:The Open Cloud Manifesto

                                        The Open Cloud Manifesto, backed by its thirty-six firms that signed on with its debut, outlines core value propositions, points out challenges, sets goals, and then lists several principles of what...

                                        • For Chief Information Officer Professionals

                                          Blog:CIOs: At What Stage Is Your Thinking On Cloud Economics?

                                          Is your cloud strategy centered on saving money or fueling revenue growth? Where you land on this question could determine a lot about your experience level with cloud services and what guidance you...

                                          • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

                                            Blog:IBM's Play In Cloud Computing? Listening Carefully

                                            IBM's PR engine has been ratcheting up the volume about its efforts in cloud computing lately and if you are like me, I found their press releases confusing, so I got them on the phone to try...

                                            • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

                                              Blog:Adaptive Infrastructure No Longer Just A Vision

                                              At the beginning of this decade HP put forth a vision for the future data center that they have now fulfilled with both products and services offerings. Viewed by some at the time as a reaction to...

                                              • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

                                                Blog:Is Your ISP Jumping On The 100 Gigabit Ethernet Bandwagon?

                                                We've established that 10 GbE is now ready for the enterprise, which means it is time to start worrying about whether your Internet service provider (ISP) is adopting 100 gigabit Ethernet (100...

                                                • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

                                                  Blog:Cloud Predictions For 2011: Gains From Early Experiences Come Alive

                                                  The second half of 2010 has laid a foundation in the infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) market that looks to make 2011 a landmark year. Moves by a variety of players may just turn this into a...

                                                  • For Chief Information Officer Professionals

                                                    Blog:2013 Cloud Predictions: We’ll Finally Get Real About Cloud

                                                      As the end of 2012 approaches there is one clear takeaway about the cloud computing market — enterprise use has arrived. Cloud use is no longer solely hiding in the shadows, IT...