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 Forrester Wave™: Hybrid Cloud Management, Q2 2018

    Tools And Technology: The Cloud Computing Playbook

    June 8, 2018Lauren E. Nelson

    In our 31-criteria evaluation of hybrid cloud management providers, we identified the 12 most significant ones — BMC Software, Cisco, CloudHealth Technologies, Embotics, HyperGrid, Micro Focus, RackWare, Red Hat, RightScale, Scalr, Turbonomic, and VMware — and researched, analyzed, and scored them. This report shows how each provider measures up and helps infrastructure and operations (I&O) professionals make the right choice.

  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    REPORT: The Forrester Wave™: Cloud Cost Monitoring And Optimization, Q2 2018

    The Nine Providers That Matter Most And How They Stack Up

    May 30, 2018Lauren E. Nelson

    In our 25-criteria evaluation of cloud cost monitoring and optimization providers, we identified the nine most significant ones — Apptio, Cloudability, CloudCheckr, CloudHealth Technologies, Densify, Microsoft, RightScale, Teevity, and Turbonomic — and researched, analyzed, and scored them. This report shows how each provider measures up and helps infrastructure and operations professionals make the right choice.

  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    REPORT: Adoption Profile: Public Cloud In Europe, Q2 2018

    In The Age Of Pragmatic Cloud, Customize Strategies To Comply With GDPR

    May 2, 2018Lauren E. Nelson

    Every enterprise in Europe is rethinking cloud — or should be. As European infrastructure and operations (I&O) professionals enter 2018, they're tasked with critiquing the cost efficiency and productivity of their current strategies, revisiting the suitability of use cases in the public cloud, and exploring what General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) regulations mean for strategy. This report features European public cloud adoption data from the Forrester Data Global Business Technographics® Infrastructure Survey, 2017.

  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    REPORT: Top 10 Facts Every Tech Leader Should Know About Hybrid Cloud

    Hybrid Cloud Isn't A Specific Strategy — It's A Sanity Statement

    April 25, 2018Lauren E. Nelson

    Hybrid cloud is an obvious strategy, and despite cloud migration interest, it's here to stay. Cost of change and compliance are the two biggest proof points for hybrid's continued relevance, but no single deployment model serves all use cases. This report serves as a primer on multicloud and hybrid cloud to help infrastructure and operations (I&O) pros and leaders understand hybrid definition, current status, best practices, and how hybrid has advanced over the past few years.

  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    REPORT: Adoption Profile: Public Cloud In North America, Q2 2018

    Pragmatic Cloud Strategies Provide A Path To Innovation Sustainability

    April 19, 2018Lauren E. Nelson

    Cloud skills are key for infrastructure and operations (I&O) professionals, who now have a stronger experience base. But enterprises still struggle to find an approach that reflects their own circumstances and best interests. Pragmatic cloud is on the rise, accelerating change, correcting low-value cloud contracts, and making new developer innovation sustainable. This report assesses the current state of public cloud adoption and maturity in North America, focusing on trends around cloud strategy and governance, cloud migration, and platform-as-a-service (PaaS) and container adoption. It also highlights notable developments in Canada.

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