Lauren E. Nelson

Analyst serving Infrastructure & Operations PROFESSIONALS

Lauren E. Nelson, Forrester's private infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) cloud lead, is an analyst based in Cambridge, Mass., serving Infrastructure & Operations Professionals. Her coverage area spans the IaaS space with extensive knowledge of solutions (including internal private, hosted private, and public IaaS), enterprise adoption trends, the current state of cloud standardization, and cloud metrics creation. Her coverage also includes strategic rightsourcing of applications, cloud strategy development, customer use cases, cloud adoption trends, cloud economics, and the green implications of cloud computing. Lauren has advised hundreds of enterprises on these topics through speeches, workshops, webinars, inquiries, advisory, and reports.

Previous Work Experience

Previously, Lauren was a researcher on Forrester's infrastructure and operations team. She interviewed hundreds of I&O Professionals and technology vendors while conducting primary and secondary research for reports and consulting engagements. Prior to her time at Forrester, Lauren worked in environmental economics research, focusing on temperature change and racial diversity near SuperFund sites.

Education

Lauren graduated from Wellesley College with a degree in economics.

Lauren E. Nelson's Research

  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report: Top 10 Facts Every Tech Management Leader Should Know About Private Cloud

    Cloud is an essential component of every enterprise tech management strategy, but sifting through market noise to design a robust cloud strategy isn't easy. Despite reported high private cloud a...

    • Downloads: 251
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report: Quick Take: OpenStack Summit, Q2 2014

    Every six months, OpenStack hosts a summit to discuss its latest release while hosting its Design Summit and Ops Summit for its next release. OpenStack is the single largest open source solution...

    • Downloads: 147
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report: Applying The Forrester Wave™: Private Cloud Solutions, Q4 2013

    In November 2013, we published our private cloud solutions Forrester Wave evaluation, where we used 61 criteria to evaluate 10 private cloud solutions vendors. The findings showed how well each ...

    • Downloads: 516
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report: State Of Cloud Platform Standards: Q1 2014

    Enterprises look to cloud computing services to enable flexibility and scalability for agile applications, but many fear vendor lock-in, which would mitigate these benefits. Without standardizat...

    • Downloads: 457
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report: Adoption Profile: Hosted Private Cloud, North America And Europe, Q3 2013

    In 2013, Forrester saw a spike in interest in hosted private cloud — adoption nearly doubled within a single year. Hosted private cloud remains one of the least understood core cloud deplo...

    • Downloads: 279
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