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: Top 10 Facts Every Tech Leader Should Know About Cloud Cost Optimization

    Yes, Seriously, You Should Buy That Cloud Cost Optimization Tool

    March 18, 2019Lauren E. Nelson, Rich Lane

    Tackling wasteful cloud usage and exploding cloud spend is the first step of cloud management. The good news is that you can stop wringing your hands about the best approach to solve this pain. Cloud cost management and optimization (CCMO) tools are genuinely here to save the day. Vendors in this market have solved the right cloud challenge, at the right price point, and with minimal red flags to prevent adoption — and we don't say that lightly. This report highlights key information on cloud cost management and optimization for infrastructure and operations (I&O) professionals leveraging public cloud today.

  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    REPORT: Top 10 Facts Tech Leaders Should Know About Cloud Migration

    Cloud Migration Is Both Common And Valuable, But Don't Expect Your Business Users To Care

    March 14, 2019Lauren E. Nelson

    In 2015, cloud migration skyrocketed to the headlines as enterprises expanded public cloud plans to include existing applications. Fast-forward to 2019, and many enterprises actively consider migration to be part of their plans. Despite cloud's popularity, common misunderstandings plague organizations and create strife between IT and the business. This report provides clarity about cloud migration to infrastructure and operations professionals (I&O).

  • For CIO Professionals

    REPORT: Forrester Analytics: Private Cloud Solutions Forecast, 2018 To 2023 (Global)

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    February 26, 2019 Jennifer Adams, Lauren E. Nelson

    While public cloud's hypergrowth garners a lot of press, we expect continuing applications and opportunities for private cloud solutions. Private cloud can provide the speed-to-market and scalability of public cloud, yet with enhanced security through its various deployment options. In this forecast, we examine growth in four private cloud categories: 1) private cloud software suites; 2) private cloud platforms; 3) converged and hyperconverged solutions; and 4) hosted private cloud.

  • 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.

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