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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 Decision Factors That Must Influence Your Cloud Strategy

    Create A Cloud Strategy Based On Your Circumstances — Not On The Easy Momentum Wins

    October 17, 2017Lauren E. Nelson

    Building a cloud strategy is not for the novice. When fresh, powerful strategies make headlines and keynote influential conferences, the hype can be alluring. I&O professionals must look to these examples to inspire or challenge current thought, while also acknowledging specifics that might not translate in their own organization. This report outlines 10 factors that must influence I&O professionals' cloud strategies.

  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    REPORT: Private Cloud In 2020: Defining The Future Of The Enterprise Data Center

    Private Cloud Software Suites Die Off As Budgets Move Up The Stack And Lower Levels Build Out Automation And Orchestration Capabilities

    August 24, 2017Lauren E. Nelson

    Private cloud can be difficult to implement and manage and has a rich history of casualties. Conceptually, enterprises need both private and public cloud services, but public cloud success has far outweighed that of private — the long knowledge ramp, hefty transformation requirements, and high costs present significant barriers to private cloud deployments. Looking forward, private cloud solutions will mitigate the challenges currently plaguing day 1 and beyond. This means cheap and fast developer productivity that can scale when higher maturity or demand requires it. Market solutions and infrastructure and operations (I&O) professionals must adjust to meet these requirements.

  • For CIO Professionals

    REPORT: The Forrester Wave™: Hosted Private Cloud Services In Europe, Q3 2017

    The Seven Providers That Matter Most And How They Stack Up

    July 18, 2017 Paul Miller, Lauren E. Nelson, Bill Martorelli, Charlie Dai

    In our 33-criteria evaluation of hosted private cloud service providers in the European market, we identified the seven most significant — CenturyLink, IBM, Interoute, NTT Communications, OVH, Tieto, and Virtustream — and researched, analyzed, and scored them. This report shows how each provider measures up and helps CIOs make the right choice.

  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    REPORT: The Forrester Wave™: Hosted Private Cloud Services In Asia Pacific, Q2 2017

    Datapipe Leads With A Competitive Customer Experience

    June 29, 2017 Charlie Dai, Lauren E. Nelson, Paul Miller, Bill Martorelli

    In our 33-criteria evaluation of hosted private cloud service providers in Asia Pacific, we identified the seven most significant ones — CenturyLink, Datapipe, Fujitsu, IBM, NTT Communications, Singtel, and Telstra — 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™: Hosted Private Cloud Services, North America, Q2 2017

    Virtustream, Rackspace, And Datapipe Lead, Focusing On Moving Up The Stack With Management Services

    June 20, 2017Lauren E. Nelson, Bill Martorelli, Paul Miller, Charlie Dai

    In our 33-criteria evaluation of North American hosted private cloud service providers, we identified the nine most significant — CenturyLink, Datapipe, IBM, INAP, NTT DATA, OVH, Rackspace, TierPoint, and Virtustream — 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.

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