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: Refine Your Cloud Maturity Through Continual Assessment

    Continuous Improvement: The Cloud Computing Playbook

    January 12, 2018Lauren E. Nelson, Bill Martorelli

    As infrastructure and operations (I&O) leaders consider the next stage in their cloud evolution, Forrester recommends three key measurement and comparison practices: 1) Benchmark cloud adoption against peers; 2) develop a Balanced Scorecard to track project success; and 3) complete a maturity assessment to understand an optimized cloud strategy. This report focuses on this third category of comparison. A relentless program of reassessment identifies targets for specific improvement to continuously improve your cloud value to customers. This is an update of a previously published report; Forrester reviews and revises it periodically for continued relevance and accuracy. We're now updating it with the latest version of our cloud maturity assessment.

  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    REPORT: The State Of Cloud Migration, Portability, And Interoperability, Q4 2017

    January 5, 2018Lauren E. Nelson, Charles Betz

    Applications change over time, but cloud models limit workloads to the initial environment selected. Infrastructure and operations (I&O) professionals strive to break free from this model, but thus far, few solutions realistically change it. Part of the challenge is that many use key terms interchangeably. This report defines these terms and scores maturity across migration, portability, and interoperability. It also discusses significant advancements in these areas, including Azure Stack, replication technologies, VMware on AWS, and containers. This is an update of a previously published report; Forrester reviews and revises it periodically for continued relevance and accuracy. We're updating it now to include our most recent data and research insights on cloud migration, portability, and interoperability.

  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    REPORT: Scoring Our 2017 Cloud Predictions

    We Were Spot On For Three, Early On Half, And Reaching On Two

    January 4, 2018Lauren E. Nelson, Dave Bartoletti, Charlie Dai, Andre Kindness, Sophia I. Vargas, Liz Herbert, Andras Cser

    Every year, Forrester predicts what lies ahead for cloud in the year to come. But do these predictions hold weight in the upcoming year? This report holds us, the prediction makers, accountable by assessing each prediction against what happened in 2017.

  • For CIO Professionals

    REPORT: Forrester Data: Private Cloud Solutions Forecast, 2017 To 2022 (Global)

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    November 16, 2017 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) pre-integrated converged solutions and appliances; and 4) hosted private cloud.

  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    REPORT: An I&O Pro's Guide To Enterprise Cloud Standards, Q4 2017

    Understanding A Diverse, Multipurpose Ecosystem

    November 10, 2017 Charles Betz, Lauren E. Nelson

    Cloud platforms are becoming the default choice for digital delivery; rapid provisioning and access to new functions are driving adoption. However, with increased speed to acquire and expand usage, enterprises struggle to manage risk across vendor lock-in, bill increases, and completeness of security practices. Many users are seeking assurance. Cloud standards of various kinds can be part of the answer to portability, interoperability, security assurances, and organizational best practices.. This report will help infrastructure and operations (I&O) professionals understand their options and set priorities.

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