Chris Gardner

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Three Trends Transforming The Video Game Market

William McKeon-White September 20, 2021
Over the past year and a half, we’ve been building out our coverage of the video game market, specifically on how enterprises can model their strategies to take advantage of innovation (see Level Up Your Cloud Strategy With Video Game Innovation and Lessons From Gaming: Lead With Cloud, Continuous Improvement, And Innovation). From this research, […]
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The Impact Of Apple’s Sideloading Philosophy On Developers

Andrew Cornwall June 28, 2021
Security Through Control On Wednesday, June 23, Apple unleashed strong messaging to explain why users should only install Apple-approved apps through its App Store on iOS. This is an extension of the US District Court case between Apple and Epic, where Apple positioned “sideloading,” the practice of installing apps outside its App Store, as dangerous. […]
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COVID Drives M&A Activity In DevOps And IT Management

Sandy Carielli December 4, 2020
Learn how the pandemic's increased uncertainty and volatility has produced some attractive M&A opportunities in DevOps and IT Management.
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NVIDIA Arms Itself To Terminate Intel’s Processor Dominance

Glenn O'Donnell September 16, 2020
NVIDIA just announced that it plans to acquire Arm Limited from SoftBank for $40 billion. The combination aims to conquer the enormous compute market that has long been dominated by the x86 architecture (and, thus, Intel and AMD). The x86 platform remains the leader in PCs and data centers, but the future growth prospects lie […]
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Agile, DevOps, And COVID-19

Charles Betz March 23, 2020
Now is not the time to revert back to old industrial practices. The world is going even more digital because of the COVID-19 crisis, and old industrial era thinking needs to be abandoned once and for all.
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Mainframe Developers Get Boost From BMC Acquisition Of Compuware

Christopher Condo March 3, 2020
The move signals that DevOps has shifted from the broad adoption phase to the massive adoption phase.
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Predictions 2020: Automation Strike Teams And Services Rise To Fend Off A Paradox

Chris Gardner October 30, 2019
Read the top three predictions for the automation market from Forrester Research analyst Chris Gardner.
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Beware The Automation Paradox

Charles Betz October 6, 2019
Once the easy tasks have been automated, what will be left for people to do? The harder stuff.
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VMware Welcomes Estranged Sibling Pivotal Back Home

Dave Bartoletti August 23, 2019
On August 22, 2019, VMware announced that it will acquire sister company Pivotal Software, vendor of a widely used cloud development platform, Pivotal Cloud Foundry. The transaction is a reacquisition of software development assets that VMware spun out into a separate company in 2013 after struggling to integrate them into its primary data center management […]
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Infrastructure Automation Platforms: Coopetition At Its Fiercest

Chris Gardner August 7, 2019
Why Infrastructure Automation? I used to kid around with my research director, Glenn O’Donnell, that my previous Forrester Wave™ evaluation on configuration management was the “Wave no vendor wanted to be in.” The term, while valid, is old. Further, configuration management is one part of a larger infrastructure automation story. This led to an interesting […]
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Dear IBM And Red Hat Customers . . .

Chris Gardner November 27, 2018
Since IBM’s announced intention to purchase Red Hat for $34 billion, Forrester analysts have received a number of inquiries about the potential acquisition. Outside of our previously published thoughts, we find it unwise to speculate on IBM and Red Hat’s future plans. That said, Forrester has published five Forrester Wave™ evaluations that compare existing products […]
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Red Hat Acquisition Gives IBM A Much-Needed Booster Shot Of Open Source And Cloud DNA

Chris Gardner October 29, 2018
Yesterday, IBM announced its intention to purchase Red Hat for $34B. Assuming a successful transaction, this acquisition blends hybrid cloud and open source synergies: Both companies target hybrid cloud from different angles; Red Hat provides a compelling middleware environment with OpenShift, while IBM supports enterprise customers with monolithic and even mainframe support in its cloud […]
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Introducing The Forrester Automation Framework

Chris Gardner July 9, 2018
It is impossible to overstate the impact automation has on digital transformation. Automation directly impacts customer experience (CX). Software like Reflexis can automate price checks and cut customer wait times by 80%. Robots like LoweBot can guide customers to the proper aisle to pick up home goods. Automation contributes directly to your bottom line. Robotic […]
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"That’s Not My Job": I&O’s Role Shift When It Comes To Security

Chris Gardner June 25, 2018
In the halcyon days of my sysadmin youth, my team was asked to perform entitlement reviews on sensitive systems. When we were asked to determine who should have access to what, my director responded in a way I would never forget: “That’s not my job.” It sounds snarky, but he was correct. It wasn’t our […]
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“That’s Not My Job”: I&O’s Role Shift When It Comes To Security

Chris Gardner June 25, 2018
In the halcyon days of my sysadmin youth, my team was asked to perform entitlement reviews on sensitive systems. When we were asked to determine who should have access to what, my director responded in a way I would never forget: “That’s not my job.” It sounds snarky, but he was correct. It wasn’t our […]
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Forty-Six Percent Of Google's SRE Principles Apply Directly To Your Enterprise — What About The Rest?

Chris Gardner May 16, 2018
When Google published its Site Reliability Engineering (SRE) book — a detailed look at how it keeps production systems running — Forrester started getting a lot of questions. “Should I do this in my enterprise IT shop?” “I’m no unicorn — can I even do these things?” And perhaps most important: “What parts of the book are relevant?” To […]
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Forty-Six Percent Of Google’s SRE Principles Apply Directly To Your Enterprise — What About The Rest?

Chris Gardner May 16, 2018
When Google published its Site Reliability Engineering (SRE) book — a detailed look at how it keeps production systems running — Forrester started getting a lot of questions. “Should I do this in my enterprise IT shop?” “I’m no unicorn — can I even do these things?” And perhaps most important: “What parts of the book are relevant?” To […]
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Predictions 2018: Automation Will Alter The Global Workforce

Chris Gardner November 9, 2017
Until now, automation has gotten a bad rap. In 2013, Oxford professors Carl Frey and Michael Osborne analyzed 702 occupations and declared 69 million US jobs, or 47% of the workforce, would be lost. In 2017, CNBC reported that 65% of Americans believed other industries would suffer because of automation, but theirs would be unaffected. […]
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Basic Infrastructure Automation is a No-Brainer – Why Aren’t You Doing It?

Chris Gardner October 14, 2017
Everyone knows they need to automate. That is not a thought-provoking statement. In fact, when we ask infrastructure decision leaders their top priorities, automation shows up at #3, just behind consolidation and implementing operations analytics. However, when we dig deeper with clients, we find hesitation. I would break their concerns into three broad camps: Some […]
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Hybrid By Design Versus Hybrid By Accident

Chris Gardner September 24, 2017
As a veteran of enterprise IT, there’s a difference between “hybrid by design” and “hybrid by accident.” Let’s be frank: you are probably doing hybrid by accident – just about everybody is. Hybrid by accident is: Integrating public cloud with on-premises tech without standardizing on a common infrastructure-as-code practice Shadow IT cloud “experiments” that suddenly […]
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