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: 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.

  • 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.

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