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: Public Cloud In North America, Q2 2018

    Pragmatic Cloud Strategies Provide A Path To Innovation Sustainability

    April 19, 2018Lauren E. Nelson

    Cloud skills are key for infrastructure and operations (I&O) professionals, who now have a stronger experience base. But enterprises still struggle to find an approach that reflects their own circumstances and best interests. Pragmatic cloud is on the rise, accelerating change, correcting low-value cloud contracts, and making new developer innovation sustainable. This report assesses the current state of public cloud adoption and maturity in North America, focusing on trends around cloud strategy and governance, cloud migration, and platform-as-a-service (PaaS) and container adoption. It also highlights notable developments in Canada.

  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    REPORT: Adoption Profile: Private Cloud In North America, Q2 2018

    Adoption And Accuracy Increase Despite The Ongoing Migration Craze

    April 19, 2018Lauren E. Nelson

    Private cloud adoption in North America has regained momentum over the past year. Whether your organization is seeking a platform to enable developers or a way to optimize existing systems, private cloud remains a key part of enterprise hybrid cloud strategies. In 2017, enterprise infrastructure and operations (I&O) leaders looked for opportunities to mitigate the complexity, cost, and difficulty of private cloud — the start of the pragmatic private cloud era. This report explores current trends in private cloud adoption, using data from the Forrester Data Global Business Technographics® Infrastructure Survey, 2017.

  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    REPORT: Adoption Profile: Hosted Private Cloud In North America And Europe, Q2 2018

    Cloud Migration Adds Fuel To The Hosted Private Cloud Fire

    April 11, 2018Lauren E. Nelson

    Adoption of hosted private cloud continues to grow, despite criticism. Hosted private cloud sits between the world of public and private cloud — combining 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. This report for I&O pros explores current trends in private cloud adoption, using data from the Forrester Data Global Business Technographics® Infrastructure Survey, 2017.

  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    REPORT: Adoption Profile: Private Cloud In Europe, Q2 2018

    Hybrid Cloud Is The Approach That Will Conquer Digital Transformation And GDPR

    April 10, 2018Lauren E. Nelson

    European enterprises continue to adopt private cloud, despite the strong prevalence in their strategies to migrate to public clouds. In 2017, they sought to optimize these strategies, seeking less complexity, tighter budgets, and heightened developer productivity. The era of the pragmatic cloud is here; enterprises are exploring change tolerance, the impact of GDPR, and common API solutions like Azure Stack. This report analyzes current trends in private cloud adoption, using data from the Forrester Data Global Business Technographics® Infrastructure Survey, 2017.

  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    REPORT: The I&O Pro's Guide To Enterprise Open Source Cloud Adoption, Q1 2018

    March 20, 2018Lauren E. Nelson, Charles Betz

    Digital transformation often runs on open source software. From the operating system to the latest responsive design framework, many open source technologies are stable and ready for prime time. However, open source is free "like a puppy is free," as the saying goes. Lock-in and technical debt occur with open source as well as commercial software, so I&O leaders must carry out due diligence on open source products. This report helps I&O pros understand the operational implications and risks of using software with alternative support models.

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