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.

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  • Lauren E. Nelson
  • 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...

    • Downloads: 182
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Quick Take: OpenStack Summit, Q2 2014

    Atlanta Summit Features Icehouse Release

    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 in...

    • Downloads: 137
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

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

    Customizing The Private Cloud Forrester Wave To Evaluate Four Common Private Cloud Scenarios

    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: 473
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:State Of Cloud Platform Standards: Q1 2014

    OpenStack Steps Forward To Become The New De Facto Model

    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 standardization,...

    • Downloads: 435
  • 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 deployment...

    • Downloads: 259
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Quick Take: Breaking Down IBM Pulse 2014

    IBM's Overarching Cloud Strategy Is One Based On Open Standards

    Last week's annual IBM Pulse 2014 drew 11,000 tech management professionals, partners, and IBM folks to Las Vegas, where the company informed all participants about bold moves it's making around...

    • Downloads: 199
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Brief: Cloud-To-Cloud Resiliency

    Top Cloud Users Design A Multicloud Approach To Ensure Highly Available Services

    Just like on-premises infrastructure, clouds fail. We see this in the news on an almost daily basis. Yet as we enter the age of the customer, downtime is becoming less and less acceptable. How can...

    • Downloads: 193
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Predictions For 2014: Private Cloud Management And Infrastructure

    In 2013, over half of enterprises stated that in 2014, they will be prioritizing building a private cloud, when it was only introduced less than five years ago. Although enterprises have quickly...

    • Downloads: 713
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Adoption Profile: Private Cloud In North America, Q3 2013

    North American IT infrastructure and operations (I&O) executives and their teams often ask Forrester for private cloud adoption data to inform their cloud strategy and compare their progress with...

    • Downloads: 268
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Adoption Profile: Private Cloud In Europe, Q3 2013

    European IT infrastructure and operations (I&O) executives and their teams often ask Forrester for private cloud adoption data to inform their cloud strategy and compare their progress with their...

    • Downloads: 216
  • 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...

    • Downloads: 1358
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

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

    Three Vendors Rise To The Top Of The Private Cloud Market

    In Forrester's 61-criteria evaluation of private cloud solution vendors, we identified the 10 most significant software providers — ASG Software Solutions, BMC Software, CA Technologies, Cisco...

    • Downloads: 1127
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Four Common Private Cloud Strategies

    Align Your Expectations With Your Strategy

    From surveys, interviews, and inquiry calls, Forrester is seeing an emergence of four private cloud approaches that are driven by very different strategies and thus have variant scope and results....

    • Downloads: 745
  • 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: 175
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Case Study: Waste Management Builds A True Private Cloud

    Secrets To Success: Designed With The Customer And Inspired By Public Cloud

    By building a private cloud the right way, Waste Management (WM) reduced resource deployment time from two and a half months to around 20 minutes and gave existing public cloud users a satisfactory...

    • Downloads: 213
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:The Rise Of The New Cloud Admin

    Organization: The Cloud Computing Playbook

    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...

    • Downloads: 635
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:The Forrester Wave™: Hosted Private Cloud, Q1 2013

    No Dominant Market Leaders Today, But Front-Runners Are CSC And Rackspace

    Forrester's Forrsights Hardware Survey, Q3 2012 showed that 46% of enterprises are prioritizing investments in private clouds in 2013. While slightly more than half plan to build a private cloud in...

    • Downloads: 1443
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:A Sample Internal Private Cloud Balanced Scorecard For I&O Professionals

    The Balanced Scorecard (BSC) is built around four dimensions that we have adjusted for use in information technology: the value perspective, the customer orientation perspective, the operational...

    • Downloads: 84
  • 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:Master 10 Trends For Your Cloud Journey

    Early in 2011, Forrester made a series of predictions about the future of cloud computing for that year. With 2012 now upon us, it's time to evaluate last year's predictions and introduce new...

    • Downloads: 2695
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:An Infrastructure And Operations Pro's Guide To Cloud-Based Disaster Recovery Services

    You Must Include These Services In Your Five-Year Road Map

    Historically, disaster recovery (DR) preparedness required substantial time and financial investment. For many, DR was out of reach, and for others, it was a burdensome task that often felt like an...

    • Downloads: 1113
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Market Overview: Public IaaS Clouds, Q4 2011, Part 3

    Cloud Platforms: Foundational Systems Could Strengthen Your Preferred Service Providers

    A growing number of public infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) clouds are coming to market that share the same underlying capabilities, technologies, and interfaces. Rather than build their clouds...

    • Downloads: 1014
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:The State Of Infrastructure-As-A-Service Cloud Standards

    Cloud adoption, particularly of infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS), is still in the early-adopter phase, and as a result there are no set industry standards. For IT infrastructure and operations...

    • Downloads: 1129
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Market Overview: Public IaaS Clouds, Q4 2011, Part 2

    AWS Leads A Rapidly Growing Field

    For many I&O professionals, developing a cloud strategy is a top priority for 2011 and 2012. After strategically selecting certain workloads fit for public IaaS, it's now time for selecting your...

    • Downloads: 1324
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Market Overview: Public IaaS Clouds, Q4 2011, Part 1

    How To Sift Through The Cloud Washing And Uncover True Value

    While cloud computing is still in the early adopter phase, you're under executive pressure to develop a cloud strategy. And it's up to you to sort through the cloud washing and not only understand...

    • Downloads: 1339