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 Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Blog:Microsoft Moves to Level the Cloud Platform Playing Field

    In typical Microsoft fashion, they don't catch a new trend right with the first iteration but they keep at it and eventually strike the right tone and in more cases than not, get good enough. And...

    • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

      Blog:Cloud Computing Belongs On Your 3-Year Roadmap

      Welcome to the fourth quarter of 2009; what we at Forrester call planning season for most IT departments. In a typical year, this is the time that infrastructure and operations professionals spend...

      • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

        Blog:VMware Takes the Cover Off Its Public Cloud

        Sometimes you can only coax a reluctant partner and I&O customer community for so long before you feel you have to take matters into your own hands. That is exactly what VMware has decided to do to...

        • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

          Blog:AP's API Empowers New Media Through AWS And Azure

            It’s no secret traditional news organizations are struggling to stay relevant today in an age where an always-connected generation has little use for newspaper subscriptions and nightly...

          • 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 Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

              Blog:With DataSynapse, TIBCO Looks To Both Present And Future

              TIBCO's acquisition of DataSynapse for a reported $28 million gives the company a development team and mature products with which to expand its financial-services revenue and flesh out its TIBCO...

              • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

                Blog:IBM gets serious about cloud computing

                We've known for a while that cloud computing is important to IBM. It seems nearly every division has an effort in some aspect of the opportunity. And marketing has done its best to make it all look...

                • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

                  Blog:You can learn from the clouds but you can’t compete

                  If you want to be the best in data center operations you are right to benchmark yourself against the cloud computing leaders – just don’t delude yourself into thinking you can match them....

                  • 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:Top 10 Cloud Challenges Facing Media & Entertainment

                        With video rapidly becoming the dominant content type on enterprise networks the issues being faced in the media market foreshadow the coming challenges for the rest of the market. And use of...

                      • For Chief Information Officer Professionals

                        Blog:Rackspace Starts A Process Microsoft Just Finished

                        With Satya Nadella now warming the CEO seat at Microsoft, executive recruiters can shift their attention to another cloud leader — Rackspace — who bids adieu to its 14-year...

                        • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

                          Blog:A Reason to Refresh

                          Intel did more than just introduce a faster server processor today with the introduction of the Xeon 5500; it enabled a greater level of differentiation to its server and storage vendor partners that...

                          • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

                            Blog:Amazon Web Services Is Addressing Enterprises' Top Issues

                            Attention enterprises — Amazon Web Services LLC is serious about wanting your business. Over the past 6 months the cloud computing leader has made several enhancements to its services that...

                            • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

                              Blog:OpenStack Goes Grizzly, Azure IaaS Goes Live. No Big Deal. Good

                                The OpenStack Foundation and Microsoft have released major updates to their cloud platforms and frankly there’s nothing really new or exciting here – which is a good thing. Sure,...

                              • For Marketing Leadership Professionals

                                Blog:Use The Cloud For Success Down Under

                                Pop Quiz: If your company has conquered North America and Western Europe and is now looking for the next big market, where should you go? The no-thinking, because it’s obvious, answer is of...

                                • For Business Process Professionals

                                  Blog:Unlock The Value Of Your Data With Azure DataMarket

                                  If the next eBay blasts onto the scene but no one sees it happen, does it make a sound? Bob Muglia, in his keynote yesterday at the Microsoft Professional Developers Conference, announced a slew of...

                                  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

                                    Blog:Cloud Courting: Round 1

                                    VMware and Citrix want to be your cloud infrastructure provider. The competing virtual infrastructure makers announced dueling cloud initiatives this week aimed at providing xSPs with simple to...

                                    • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

                                      Blog:Knowing Isn't Hot But It Should Be

                                      Last week Jason Newton at HP blogged about what his company thinks (or at least wants you to think) are the hot trends in the data center for 2009. He provides a good list that's less a reflection...

                                      • 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: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:AWS And OpenStack: An Interesting Contrast Worth Considering During Cloud Selection

                                             Having attended the OpenStack Design Summit this week and at the same time fielding calls from Forrester clients affected by the Amazon Web Services (AWS) outage, an interesting contrast in...

                                            • 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 Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

                                                Blog:VMware Levels The Playing Field: ESX Now Free

                                                As predicted by Forrester, New CEO Paul Maritz announced this week that VMware will drop the price of ESXi (their base server hypervisor) to $0 (from $495). This obviously comes in response to...

                                                • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

                                                  Blog:IBM in talks to acquire Sun?

                                                  A big blue cloud overshadowed Sun’s announcement today unveiling their Open Cloud Computing platform. Media was a buzz today at rumors of a possible acquisition of Sun Microsystems by IBM. Still a...

                                                  • 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...