Cloud Computing

A standardized IT capability (services, software, or infrastructure) delivered in a pay-per-use, self-service way. Research coverage includes cloud security.

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  • For CMO Professionals

    REPORT: Forrester Data: Commerce Platform Technology Forecast, 2016 To 2021 (Global)

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    September 25, 2017 Jennifer Adams, Andy Hoar

    eCommerce is critical for companies, both to acquire new customers and to grow existing customer relationships. Enterprise commerce suites support basic capabilities like running an online catalog, shopping carts, and promotions. Vendors continue to evolve their product offering to support order fulfillment and enable a seamless online customer experience. In the last few years, we've seen the emergence of low-cost easy-to-use platforms focusing on the SMB market. In this data-driven report, we examine the outlook for commerce platforms over the next five years.

  • For CIO Professionals

    REPORT: Midyear Global Tech Market Outlook For 2017 To 2018

    Global Tech Purchases Will Exceed $3 Trillion For The First Time

    September 25, 2017 Andrew Bartels

    If 2016 was a year of political and economic disruption, with the Brexit vote in the UK and the election of Donald Trump in the US, 2017 has been a return to normality. As fears have abated and the prospects of major shifts in US fiscal and tax policies diminished, economic growth has strengthened in many countries. In response, tech spending will also improve, driven by a focus on business technologies to win, serve, and retain customers, expanded cloud options, and more investment in analytics. This report helps CIOs set their priorities in this improving environment.

  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    REPORT: Lead The I&O Software Revolution With Infrastructure-As-Code

    Strategic Plan: The Infrastructure Transformation Playbook

    September 12, 2017 Chris Gardner, Richard Fichera

    Infrastructure and operations (I&O) professionals have always focused on delivering services at lower costs and ever-greater efficiency, but customer obsession requires innovation that enables top-line growth. The evolution and success of digital business models is leading I&O organizations to disrupt their traditional infrastructure models to pursue cloud strategies. I&O professionals and leaders must embrace a strategy that leverages what cloud and development/operations (DevOps) pioneers call "immutable infrastructure" — or, as Forrester recommends, "composable infrastructure."

  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    REPORT: The Forrester Wave™: Enterprise BI Platforms With Majority Cloud Deployments, Q3 2017

    Ten Solutions Offer Choice In An Environment Characterized By Innovation

    September 11, 2017 Martha Bennett, Boris Evelson

    In our 22-criteria evaluation of enterprise business intelligence (BI) platforms with majority cloud-deployment providers (some of whom also offer complete or partial on-premises options), we identified the 10 most significant ones — 1010data, Altair, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Birst, Domo, GoodData, InsightSquared, Microsoft, Oracle, and Salesforce — and researched, analyzed, and scored them. This report, along with the companion Forrester Wave™ evaluation of enterprise BI platforms with majority on-premises deployments, Q3 2017, will help application development and delivery (AD&D) pros working on BI initiatives make the right choice of BI platforms.

  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    REPORT: Vendor Landscape: Cloud Workspaces For Desktop Applications

    Five Categories Of Vendors Offer Viable Options To Organizations Seeking To Improve Employee Experience

    September 1, 2017 David K. Johnson

    Cloud workspaces are a viable alternative to on-premises remote desktop session-hosted (RDSH) and server-hosted virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) for providing employees with flexible access to managed, secure remote desktop and application environments. But there are five different categories of vendors — each with advantages and constraints that aren't obvious unless you understand how the cloud workspace ecosystem works. This report examines the range of cloud workspace options available and explains how each may be suitable for enterprise infrastructure and operations (I&O) buyers.

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