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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19 results in Reports

  • James Staten
  • Management & Organization
  • 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...

    • Downloads: 379
  • 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 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: 174
  • 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...

    • Downloads: 1127
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Write An Effective Cloud Use Policy

    Encourage Cloud Consumption The Right Way

    You know your company is using cloud services; our Forrsights Software Survey, Q4 2011 shows that the average enterprise has between four and 12 software-as-a-service (SaaS) services in use already,...

    • Downloads: 380
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:A Sample Cloud Use Policy

    A Cloud Playbook Template For Effectively Communicating Use

    This cloud computing playbook toolkit item contains a sample cloud computing policy document that can be used by CIOs as a basis for crafting an effective policy around the use of cloud computing...

    • Downloads: 125
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Develop Cloud Metrics Using The Balanced Scorecard

    Performance Management: The Cloud Computing Playbook

    This report outlines the performance management of Forrester's solution for CIOs working on developing effective objectives and metrics for their organization's cloud strategy. Crafting and measuring...

    • Downloads: 1007
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Proactively Engage Cloud Buyers

    Cloud services, from departmental SaaS applications to consumer-facing file sharing, are being brought into your organization, and they are increasingly weaving their ways into business workflows....

    • Downloads: 670
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Drive Savings And Profits With Cloud Economics

    We all believe that cloud computing can save us money but aren't sure how to maximize these savings. Firms almost always consider cloud computing a cost advantage compared to the in-house, always-on...

    • Downloads: 2819
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Put Guardrails In Place To Drive Cloud Success

    Processes: The Cloud Computing Playbook

    Today it is no longer a question of when IT will align with business leaders but how. Cloud computing has emerged as one of the most significant game-changers to hit the technology landscape in the...

    • Downloads: 852
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Onboard The Business To Your Cloud Strategy

    Strategic Plan: The Cloud Computing Playbook

    It's all too easy for CIOs and IT departments to build a strategy around any new technology area that is focused on delivering lower IT costs and greater operational efficiency. However, to get your...

    • Downloads: 891
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Q&A: How To Get Private Cloud Right

    From Scoping To Sizing To Incenting Use: Unconventional Thinking Is Required

    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 clouds...

    • Downloads: 1000
  • 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: 698
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:BT 2020: IT's Future In The Empowered Era

    An Empowered Report: Sweeping Changes In The Business Landscape Will Topple The IT Status Quo

    Over the next 10 years, three sets of forces will change the relationship of business, technology, and the IT organization. Technologies that are increasingly easy to acquire and use will empower...

    • Downloads: 2758
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Driving Multitenancy In Your Virtual Environments

    How To Get Business Units To Share Your Consolidated Infrastructure

    As you continue to consolidate your server infrastructure and make it more cloudlike, a key hurdle you and most enterprises must overcome is the sharing of physical infrastructure between business...

    • Downloads: 524
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Charging Back For Your Virtual Infrastructure

    How To Allocate Costs For Virtual Machines And Drive Greater Adoption

    As you continue to consolidate your server infrastructure and make it more cloudlike, a key hurdle that you must overcome is cost allocation for the virtual infrastructure. While most enterprises are...

    • Downloads: 1127
  • 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 Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Calculating Your Relative Cost Of Operations

    This document provides a simple methodology for calculating the cost impacts of a new technology investment, process change, or project. Rather than conduct a full TCO analysis that can be...

    • Downloads: 177
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:TCO Is Overrated

    Use Relative Cost Of Operations For Most Infrastructure Investment Justifications

    Total cost of operations (TCO)-based financial analysis is held up as the gold standard for technology investment justification, but most firms don't have the rigor to apply the discipline to their...

    • Downloads: 1255