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: Adoption Profile: Hosted Private Cloud In Europe, Q2 2019

    Local Providers Target Dedicated Infrastructure, Unique Scenarios, And Services

    May 7, 2019Lauren E. Nelson, Paul Miller

    Adoption of hosted private cloud (HPC) continues to grow, despite criticism. HPC combines the expertise of a cloud service provider with the isolation of a private cloud. While some balk at its shortcomings relative to pure public cloud offerings, others see its unique position to serve a variety of use cases and users. European infrastructure and operations (I&O) pros find local options, greater comfort with familiar technologies and isolation, and a focus on customer service in the HPC market. This report features European public cloud adoption data from the Forrester Analytics Global Business Technographics® Infrastructure Survey, 2018.

  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    REPORT: Adoption Profile: Public Cloud In Europe, Q2 2019

    European Public Cloud Innovation Continues Despite GDPR's Entrance And Reinforcement

    April 29, 2019Lauren E. Nelson, Paul Miller

    Every enterprise in Europe is continually evolving its cloud strategy — or should be. In 2019, European infrastructure and operations (I&O) pros are tasked with critiquing the cost efficiency and productivity of their current strategies, identifying core apps that require modernization, determining their boundaries for vendor lock-in, and refining their handling of the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). This report features European public cloud adoption data from the Forrester Analytics Global Business Technographics® Infrastructure Survey, 2018.

  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    REPORT: Adoption Profile: Private Cloud In North America, Q2 2019

    Open Source Is Everywhere, And Private Cloud Redefines Itself

    April 29, 2019Lauren E. Nelson

    Contrary to popular belief, private cloud is here to stay. And as enterprises align their cloud strategies to business objectives, they're redefining it. Many enterprises face a stark reality: Change is expensive, and private cloud offers meaningful improvements while delaying more-costly changes. Private cloud is still part of a larger hybrid cloud strategy. Using data from the Forrester Analytics Global Business Technographics® Infrastructure Survey, 2018, this report helps infrastructure and operations (I&O) professionals explore current trends in private cloud adoption.

  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    REPORT: Assess The Pain-Gain Tradeoff Of Multicloud Strategies

    Learn The Difference Between Strategic Multicloud And Ineffective Complexity

    March 19, 2019Lauren E. Nelson, Andre Kindness, Naveen Chhabra

    Multicloud and hybrid cloud are equally useless terms, and yet, in reality, they define your obvious cloud strategy. Having multiple platforms, cloud and noncloud, allows for flexibility and choice. However, complex flavors of multicloud have Forrester's infrastructure and operations (I&O) pros and leaders asking, "Is the pain worth the gain?" This report serves as a primer on the various types of multicloud, exploring the various pros and cons of each model along with its commonality among verticals and workload types.

  • 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.

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