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: Tackling The Unsexy Challenge Of Mainframe Modernization

    The Cloud Era Demands Connection To Modern DevOps Practices

    December 21, 2018Lauren E. Nelson, Chris Gardner

    The death knell for mainframe has rung every year for the past several decades, but it's not going away. Infrastructure and operations (I&O) professionals are doubling down, migrating off, and integrating mainframes with new, customer-facing technologies. In a pragmatic cloud world, if you don't properly mesh disparate operational strategies, you'll end up with disjointed approaches that threaten the lifeblood of the business. This report discusses key approaches taken by enterprises in financial, government, and retail verticals; what's worked and what hasn't; and best practices for I&O pros.

  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    REPORT: Scoring Our 2018 Cloud Predictions

    We Were Spot-On For Three, Early On Four, And Reaching On Three

    December 19, 2018Lauren E. Nelson, Dave Bartoletti, Charlie Dai, Amanda LeClair, Liz Herbert, Andre Kindness, Paul Miller

    Every year, Forrester predicts what lies ahead for cloud in the year to come. But have these predictions proven true over the past year for infrastructure and operations (I&O) professionals? This report holds us, the prediction makers, accountable by assessing each prediction against what actually happened in 2018.

  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    REPORT: Build A Pragmatic Cloud Strategy That Delivers Real Value To Your Organization

    December 11, 2018Lauren E. Nelson

    There's no shortage of sensational stories about groundbreaking cloud strategies — but that's not the task at hand for most infrastructure and operations (I&O) professionals. Their job is to develop a cloud strategy that delivers real value to their organizations. Too many strategies are plagued with stagnation, overspending, or poor alignment to larger business imperatives. This report helps I&O pros understand the context, make the tough calls, uncover key issues, develop the right documentation, solve for people-related and organizational struggles, and develop a marketing campaign around their strategy.

  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    REPORT: Predictions 2019: Cloud Computing

    Cloud Comes Of Age As The Foundation For New Digital Application Platforms, Both Inside And Outside The Data Center

    November 8, 2018 Dave Bartoletti, Lauren E. Nelson

    Public cloud adoption is mainstream today, but only a small fraction of core business applications run in a public or private cloud. In 2019, a major transformation of legacy apps using powerful container-based, cloud-native digital application platforms will commence. Cloud spending will spike, as many infrastructure and operations (I&O) professionals and their enterprises eagerly adopt cloud tools and services wherever and however they can. Buckle up: The cloud ride is accelerating. This report outlines Forrester's five key predictions that will shape the cloud computing market for 2019.

  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    REPORT: Gauge Your Cloud Maturity

    Assessment: The Cloud Computing Playbook

    October 5, 2018Lauren E. Nelson, Bill Martorelli

    Cloud is no longer an option — it's inevitable. But cloud strategies differ extensively, based on the context of your organization and investments. Drivers such as industry, risk tolerance, and preparation dictate the pace, scope, and technologies you need. However, every cloud strategy should share key activities. This report guides infrastructure and operations (I&O) pros through Forrester's cloud maturity assessment so they can gauge where their firms are on their journeys and discover which core competencies they need to strengthen or develop to enable their pragmatic cloud reality. This is an update of a previously published report; Forrester reviews and revises it periodically for continued relevance and accuracy.

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