Robert   Stroud

Robert Stroud

Principal Analyst Serving Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

As a principal analyst on the I&O team, Robert focuses on driving the market toward a refined approach to software-defined infrastructure development and delivery. He challenges thinking by applying DevOps and continuous delivery insights to infrastructure and cloud to assist enterprises seeking to thrive in the age of the customer.

Previous Work Experience

Spending more than 15 years in multiple roles at CA Technologies in business applications, product management, and product strategy, Robert demonstrated an ability to predict changing trends in the domains of cloud computing, DevOps, service assurance, cybersecurity, governance, and risk. He also advised organizations on their strategies to ensure they drove maximum business value from their investments in technology-enabled business governance.

Robert has contributed to multiple framework and standards publications, including COBIT 4.0, 4.1, and COBIT 5; guidance for Basel II, Risk IT, Val IT; and multiple mappings of COBIT to various frameworks and standards, including several ISO standards for security, service management, and software asset management. He also served on the itSMF International Board, the board of the itSMF USA, and multiple local chapters. Additionally, he served as a member of the ITIL Update Project Board for ITIL 2011 and in various roles in the development of ITIL v3.

Prior to his relocation to North America, he spent more than 15 years in the finance industry, successfully managing multiple initiatives in both the technology and retail banking sectors related to infrastructure rationalization, security, service management, and governance.

Robert Stroud

Principal Analyst Serving Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

As a principal analyst on the I&O team, Robert focuses on driving the market toward a refined approach to software-defined infrastructure development and delivery. He challenges thinking by applying DevOps and continuous delivery insights to infrastructure and cloud to assist enterprises seeking to thrive in the age of the customer.

Previous Work Experience

Spending more than 15 years in multiple roles at CA Technologies in business applications, product management, and product strategy, Robert demonstrated an ability to predict changing trends in the domains of cloud computing, DevOps, service assurance, cybersecurity, governance, and risk. He also advised organizations on their strategies to ensure they drove maximum business value from their investments in technology-enabled business governance.

Robert has contributed to multiple framework and standards publications, including COBIT 4.0, 4.1, and COBIT 5; guidance for Basel II, Risk IT, Val IT; and multiple mappings of COBIT to various frameworks and standards, including several ISO standards for security, service management, and software asset management. He also served on the itSMF International Board, the board of the itSMF USA, and multiple local chapters. Additionally, he served as a member of the ITIL Update Project Board for ITIL 2011 and in various roles in the development of ITIL v3.

Prior to his relocation to North America, he spent more than 15 years in the finance industry, successfully managing multiple initiatives in both the technology and retail banking sectors related to infrastructure rationalization, security, service management, and governance.

Robert Stroud's Research

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  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    REPORT: Predictions 2018: Automation Alters The Global Workforce

    Ten Key Developments In Automation Reshape The Industry In 2018

    November 9, 2017 Chris Gardner, J. P. Gownder, Craig Le Clair, Elinor Klavens, Joseph Blankenship, Tim Sheedy, Robert Stroud, Diego Lo Giudice

    Automation has been one of the most profound and disruptive forces in human history. The market for automation in many forms will accelerate faster in 2018 as firms look to squeeze performance and insights out of previously commodity operations. Companies that master automation will dominate their industries. This report outlines Forrester's 10 key predictions for the evolution of automation in 2018 and prescribes the optimal ways for Infrastructure and operations (I&O) leaders to respond.

  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    REPORT: The Forrester Wave™: Configuration Management Software For Infrastructure Automation, Q4 2017

    Tools And Technology: The Infrastructure Transformation Playbook

    October 11, 2017 Chris Gardner, Robert Stroud

    In our 25-criteria evaluation of configuration management providers, we identified the 14 most significant solutions — Ansible, Ansible Tower, CFEngine Community Edition, CFEngine Enterprise, Chef, Chef Automate, Microsoft Azure Automation, Microsoft Powershell DSC, Normation Professional Services, Open Source Puppet, Puppet Enterprise, Rudder, Salt, and SaltStack Enterprise — and researched, analyzed, and scored them. We focused on core features, including deployment, configuration modeling, monitoring and governance, and community support as well as on the vendors' ability to match a strategy to these features. This report helps infrastructure and operations (I&O) professionals make the right choice when looking for configuration management solutions for their development and operations (DevOps) and infrastructure-as-code (IaC) automation.

  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    REPORT: The Forrester Wave™: Strategic Portfolio Management Tools, Q3 2017

    Six Leaders Provide Agile Tools To Drive Digital Transformation

    September 20, 2017 Margo Visitacion, Robert Stroud

    In our 27-criteria evaluation of strategic portfolio management (SPM) software solutions providers, we identified the 13 most significant ones — AgileCraft, CA, Changepoint, Decision Lens, GenSight, MEGA, Microsoft, Planisware, Planview, ServiceNow, Software AG, Sopheon, and StrategyBlocks — and researched, analyzed, and scored them. This report shows how each provider measures up and helps enterprise architecture (EA) and portfolio management office (PMO) professionals make the right choice.

  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    REPORT: A Dangerous Disconnect: Executives Overestimate DevOps Maturity

    September 13, 2017Robert Stroud, Elinor Klavens

    Development and operations (DevOps) is getting a lot of buzz and proving to be a profound driver of business transformation. But we're also seeing a lot of misinformation: While many organizations are moving forward with DevOps, some overstate their progress, and there's often a disconnect between the view of infrastructure and operations (I&O) pros in the trenches and that of the executive suite. This report helps you identify and resolve these differing perspectives so you can leverage DevOps philosophies and practices to help your business win, serve, and retain customers.

  • For Professionals

    REPORT: The Forrester Wave™: Continuous Delivery And Release Automation, Q3 2017

    Tools And Technology: The Continuous Deployment Playbook

    August 30, 2017Robert Stroud, Chris Gardner

    In our 26-criteria evaluation of continuous delivery and release automation (CDRA) providers, we identified the 15 most significant — Atlassian, CA Technologies, Chef Software, Clarive, CloudBees, Electric Cloud, Flexagon, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), IBM, Micro Focus, Microsoft, Puppet, Red Hat, VMware, and XebiaLabs — and researched, analyzed, and scored them. We focused on core features, including modeling, deploying, managing, governing, and visualizing pipelines, and on each vendor's ability to match a strategy to these features. This report helps infrastructure and operations (I&O) professionals make the right choice when looking for CDRA solutions for their development and operations (DevOps) automation.

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