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.


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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  • 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: 1249
  • 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: 1275
  • 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: 181
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Cost Analysis And Measurement Help Ensure Consolidation Success

    Most enterprises are involved in or planning IT consolidation projects to address cost issues, but those that have made the effort have found that their expectations going in often are hard to...

    • Downloads: 841
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Justifying Your Cloud Investment: High-Performance Computing (HPC)

    Cloud Economics Makes HPC Projects More Attainable For The Masses

    It's one thing to say infrastructure and operations (I&O) professionals need to invest in infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) cloud computing for their high-performance computing (HPC) workloads. It's...

    • Downloads: 1085
  • 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: 191