Lauren E.  Nelson

Lauren E. Nelson

Principal 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

Principal 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

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  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    REPORT: The Top 10 Facts That Every Tech Leader Should Know About Cloud Standards And Open Source

    February 20, 2018Lauren E. Nelson, Charles Betz

    Open source and open standards are two frequently confused topics. In the world of cloud computing, both are important to the modern digital executive. In this report, we define these two topics and outline the top 10 facts that infrastructure and operations (I&O) leaders should know about working with open standards and open source groups.

  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    REPORT: Develop Cloud Metrics Using The Balanced Scorecard

    Performance Management: The Cloud Computing Playbook

    February 14, 2018Lauren E. Nelson, Sophia I. Vargas

    Crafting and measuring the right metrics for your cloud strategy is essential for success. But measuring cloud computing in business terms is probably unnatural for your technology team. Leading technology organizations are using Kaplan's and Norton's Balanced Scorecard (BSC) method, which helps infrastructure and operations (I&O) pros select metrics that demonstrate business value, then implement and measure these metrics. This report tells I&O pros how they can apply the BSC methodology to improve their organization's cloud computing performance and operational maturity. This is an update of a previously published report; Forrester reviews and revises it periodically for continued relevance and accuracy. We're updating it now to factor in developments and changes in cloud computing that influence metrics and measurement.

  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    REPORT: An I&O Pro's Guide To Platform-As-A-Service

    There's No Single PaaS To Rule Them All

    January 24, 2018Lauren E. Nelson, Dave Bartoletti, John R. Rymer

    Your developer teams seek accelerated productivity, but developing at speed isn't an overnight change. As infrastructure and operations (I&O) professionals enter platform-as-a-service (PaaS) conversations, the temptation is to discuss vendor selection. Success requires a deep understanding of the space and a strong working relationship with development teams; solving for self-service access or PaaS is impossible without mapping to developer wants and skills. This report navigates the three dimensions of the PaaS market, mapping PaaS technologies to various developer requirements.

  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    REPORT: Refine Your Cloud Maturity Through Continual Assessment

    Continuous Improvement: The Cloud Computing Playbook

    January 12, 2018Lauren E. Nelson, Bill Martorelli

    As infrastructure and operations (I&O) leaders consider the next stage in their cloud evolution, Forrester recommends three key measurement and comparison practices: 1) Benchmark cloud adoption against peers; 2) develop a Balanced Scorecard to track project success; and 3) complete a maturity assessment to understand an optimized cloud strategy. This report focuses on this third category of comparison. A relentless program of reassessment identifies targets for specific improvement to continuously improve your cloud value to customers. This is an update of a previously published report; Forrester reviews and revises it periodically for continued relevance and accuracy. We're now updating it with the latest version of our cloud maturity assessment.

  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    REPORT: The State Of Cloud Migration, Portability, And Interoperability, Q4 2017

    January 5, 2018Lauren E. Nelson, Charles Betz

    Applications change over time, but cloud models limit workloads to the initial environment selected. Infrastructure and operations (I&O) professionals strive to break free from this model, but thus far, few solutions realistically change it. Part of the challenge is that many use key terms interchangeably. This report defines these terms and scores maturity across migration, portability, and interoperability. It also discusses significant advancements in these areas, including Azure Stack, replication technologies, VMware on AWS, and containers. This is an update of a previously published report; Forrester reviews and revises it periodically for continued relevance and accuracy. We're updating it now to include our most recent data and research insights on cloud migration, portability, and interoperability.

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