Sharyn Leaver

VP, Group Director serving CIOs

Sharyn leads the research organization that serves CIOs, Enterprise Architecture Professionals, and Application Development & Delivery Professionals. Her team's research agenda includes all aspects of technology leadership — from strategic planning to emerging technology selection and implementation. Sharyn delivers strategic guidance, helping CIOs and other leaders adopt the processes and technologies that will help their firms win, serve, and retain customers.

Previous Work Experience

Previously at Forrester, Sharyn served as research director for the CIO, business process and applications, and consumer markets research teams. As an analyst, Sharyn researched enterprise applications, business process management tools, and several emerging technologies in consumer-driven and manufacturing industries such as life sciences, healthcare, retail, and consumer products.

In addition, Sharyn was a key contributor to the development of the Forrester Wave™ methodology to help clients accurately assess key vendors in a given technology-focused market.

Before joining Forrester, Sharyn spent several years as a consultant and project manager for Clarkston Consulting, a full-service professional services firm. She was responsible for the delivery of vendor selection and implementation projects involving SAP and other ERP applications, integration technology, and enterprise portals.


Sharyn holds a B.S. in computer information systems technology from Purdue University. She also attended Northwestern University's medical informatics graduate program.

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  • Infrastructure & Operations
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  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Market Overview: Private Cloud Solutions, Q2 2011

    Five Solution Types To Choose From For Advancing Virtualization Maturity

    Over the past year, client inquiry questions have evolved from "What is cloud?" to "What vendors should I consider?" This market overview examines the landscape of vendors providing solutions...

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  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Blog:The Cloud Computing Market Grows Up

    Mark this date. While it isn't an anniversary of anything significant in the past, it is a day where our beloved cloud computing market showed significant signs of maturing. Major announcements...

    • 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...

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      Blog:When Too Much Control Is a Bad Thing

      I know, more control is an axiom! But the above statement is more often true. When we're talking about configuration control in the public cloud it can be especially true, as control over the...

      • 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...

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      • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

        Blog:The VMware Community Has the Innovator’s Dilemma

          This week at the VMware Partner Exchange, CEO Pat Gelsinger and his executive staff decided to demonize Amazon Web Services and their public cloud brethren in a very short sighted defensive...

        • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

          Blog:A Key Decision Is Often Clouded By Emotion

          What is one of the most important decisions infrastructure & operations (I&O) professionals face today? It's not whether to leverage the cloud or build a private cloud or even which cloud to use....

          • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

            Blog:Gelsinger Brings The "H" Word To VMware

              The long-rumored changing of the guard at VMware finally took place last week and with it came down a stubborn strategic stance that was a big client dis-satisfier. Out went the...

            • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

              Blog:Who In Your Company Is The Most Enthusiastic About Cloud? Nope, It's Not Your Developers

              It's not the business leaders or the rank employees either. While all of these choice make sense and all are, according to our Forrights surveys, more excited by it than infrastructure &...

              • 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...

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                Blog:Scoring Our 2011 Cloud Predictions

                Around this time last year, Forrester published its predictions for what we expected to happen in the cloud computing market in 2011. While some of those prognostications were on the mark, in general...

                • 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:Oracle Embracing the Broader Cloud Landscape

                    It's easy to accuse Oracle of trying to lock up its customers, as nearly all its marketing focuses on how Oracle on Oracle (on Oracle) delivers the best everything, but today Ellison's...

                    • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

                      Blog:May Your Best Laid Plans Not Go To Waste Any Longer — Selling AWS Reserved Capacity Is A Killer Innovation

                      From the company that brought shelf space retail thinking and pork belly economics to the world of Internet hosting comes yet another mechanism from another market putting them even further...

                      • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

                        Blog:Shining The Harsh Light On Cloud Washing

                        For years I have been railing about cloud washing -- the efforts by vendors and, more recently, enterprise I&O professionals to give a cloud computing name to their business-as-usual IT services and...

                        • 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:Are You A Highly Effective IT Ops Leader?

                              Pop quiz: How many of your company’s top business leaders do you talk to on a daily basis? How many know your name? And finally, how many of them do you engage to brainstorm on how to...

                            • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

                              Blog:Public Clouds Prove I&O Pros Are From Venus And Developers Are From Mars

                              Forrester just published parts I & II of its market overview of the public cloud market and these reports, written primarily for the Infrastructure & Operations (I&O) professionals, reveal as much...

                              • 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 Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

                                  Blog:Top 10 Cloud Predictions For 2012: The Awkward Teenage Years Are Upon Us

                                  As 2011 begins to wind down, we can look back on the progress made over the last 11 months with a lot of pride. The market stepped significantly forward with big gains in adoption by leaders...

                                  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

                                    Blog:Choose A Cloud Or A Cloud Network?

                                    You've heard from us for a while that your cloud, whether public or private, should not be an island. Should this be true of your public cloud provider too? A growing number of service providers...

                                    • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

                                      Blog:OpenStack: Time To Capitalize On The Momentum

                                      In the IaaS market the open source torch has officially been passed from Eucalyptus to OpenStack, a community effort that is showing strong momentum in both vendor participation and end user...

                                      • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

                                        Blog:Has Amazon Solved Its Private Cloud Dilemma?

                                        Amazon Web Services (AWS) is great, but many of our enterprise clients want those cloud services and values delivered on premise, behind their firewall, which may feel more comfortable for protecting...

                                        • 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...

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                                          Blog:Forrester Wave: Public Cloud Platforms -- The Winner Is…

                                          …not that simple and therefore not always Amazon Web Services. First off, we didn’t take what might be construed as the typical approach, which would be to look either at...