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 Nuanced World Of Cloud Adoption In Canada

    September 18, 2018Lauren E. Nelson

    Infrastructure and operations (I&O) professionals shouldn't judge North American cloud adoption by the US marketplace alone. Canadian cloud adoption is strong and gaining momentum with the entrance of the cloud giants over the past few years. Their presence is concentrated in Eastern Canada, leaving Western Canada challenged with significant latency to access these facilities while still meeting difficult compliance regulations. This report covers current cloud adoption rates, defines challenges faced by Western provinces, and highlights some of the most innovative cloud use cases in Canada.

  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    REPORT: The I&O Pro's Buying Guide For Hybrid Cloud Management

    Despite Close Vendor Scores On The Forrester Wave™, HCM Tools Vary Significantly

    September 13, 2018Lauren E. Nelson

    Hybrid cloud management (HCM) isn't a new market, but to date, it hasn't been particularly successful. However, this is changing, with new investment from enterprises and vendors alike. As the market starts to heat up, there's little information regarding key options or the approach that providers take to them. This report maps vendors to the major options available to help infrastructure and operations (I&O) professionals purchase HCM solutions that best fit their cloud strategies.

  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    REPORT: Now Tech: Cloud Migration Technology, Q3 2018

    Forrester's Overview Of 20 Cloud Migration Technology Providers

    August 3, 2018 Bill Martorelli, Lauren E. Nelson

    You can use cloud migration tools to balance anticipated benefits with costs, deliver high value from a lift-and-shift migration, and complement migration services from firms. But to access these benefits, you'll first have to select from a diverse set of vendors — vendors that vary by size, functionality, geography, and vertical market focus. Infrastructure and operations (I&O) professionals should use Forrester's Now Tech report to understand the value they can expect from a cloud migration technology provider and select vendors based on size and functionality.

  • 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.

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