Tracy Woo

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AWS Joins Google Cloud In Removing Egress Costs

Tracy Woo March 13, 2024
Learn two key steps your IT org should take in light of this announcement from AWS.
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Were Our 2023 Cloud Predictions Correct?

Tracy Woo February 6, 2024
It's time to take a look back and score our 2023 cloud predictions. Find out where we accurately predicted cloud trends and where we missed the mark for cloud in 2023.
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AWS’s Silent Nod To FinOps

Tracy Woo December 12, 2023
Last week, Amazon.com VP and CTO Werner Vogels closed out re:Invent 2023 with his keynote address on the “frugal architect.” This isn’t the first time that Vogels has introduced this topic. In fact, it was a theme he originally introduced in 2012 that revolves around architecting with cost in mind. To me, and likely to […]
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re:Invent 2023 — Is AWS In Unfamiliar Territory As A Follower?

Lee Sustar December 5, 2023
At AWS re:Invent 2023 the AI announcements were underwhelming despite high expectations. Find out more in this extended review of the event.
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VMware Customers: Brace For Impact

Tracy Woo November 22, 2023
With the VMware-Broadcom deal set for closing, what should you know? Learn five key things VMware customers can expect in the coming years.
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Welcome To The Chip Wars, Microsoft

Glenn O'Donnell November 17, 2023
The move erodes lucrative business for the current main players. We break down what it means for tech buyers.
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Forrester’s Impressions: VMware Explore 2023

Naveen Chhabra September 6, 2023
In recent years, VMware has faced major headwinds: It migrated its clients from on-premises to public cloud, changed to a cloud-native application development paradigm, shifted to subscription licensing, had frequent cycles of M&A activities, and experienced unfavorable macroeconomic environments. Despite these, VMware registered modest revenue growth. Even though it grew, it knows it is vulnerable. […]
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Hyperscalers, It’s Time To FOCUS

Tracy Woo August 10, 2023
In late June, at FinOps X, the annual event hosted by FinOps Foundation, a big topic was the open source project FinOps Open Cost & Usage Specification (FOCUS), which aims to standardize the billing construct and presentation of cloud cost data. This is a BIG DEAL. In doing so, FOCUS will remove the complexity and […]
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The Rise Of DIY In FinOps

Tracy Woo July 18, 2023
One of the trends that emerged from FinOps X in San Diego is that DIY tooling is on the rise. Find out why Forrester typically tries to dissuade FinOps teams from taking this route.
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IBM Reups On FinOps With Its Apptio Acquisition

Tracy Woo June 26, 2023
Late Friday, The Wall Street Journal reported that IBM is in potential late-stage talks to acquire cloud cost management and optimization (CCMO) and IT financial management (ITFM)/technology business management (TBM) company Apptio for roughly $5 billion. If the deal closes, the value would be at more than twice Apptio’s previous purchase price of $1.94 billion […]
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Guide Your Compute Architecture Investment Decisions With The Forrester Tech Tide

Tracy Woo June 22, 2023
Compute architectures are fast evolving to serve changing business scenarios and needs. We frequently hear the difficulties that you face as options emerge. The difficulties are rooted in deciding whether to use commodity or fit-for-purpose compute architectures, whether for generative AI, data-intensive applications, or edge deployments. This also ties closely to the central role that […]
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Make The Case For FinOps

Tracy Woo May 17, 2023
While the prevailing macroeconomic conditions reinforce the need to control cloud spend, CFOs still require a solid business case for any net-new spend. Building a business case for FinOps is relatively straightforward with a fairly quick ROI. First, most companies just purchase a relatively inexpensive cloud cost management and optimization (CCMO) solution that adds efficiency, […]
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The New Major Cloud Adopters: Financial Services

Tracy Woo May 1, 2023
Learn why financial services organizations are relying more on public cloud today for digital banking services.
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Hybrid Cloud Is Hard To Manage

Tracy Woo April 20, 2023
Get actionable tips and guidance on how to manage the messy hybrid cloud environment.
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Cloud Powers Retail Through The Economic Slowdown

Tracy Woo April 10, 2023
The retail industry was an early adopter of cloud and has continued to expand its use. Learn three key trends from our new report The State Of Cloud In Retail.
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FinOps Is Getting A Seat At The Executive Table

Tracy Woo April 5, 2023
Earlier this year, I promised a slew of research on FinOps. Today, I published the first in this series, What Technology Executives Need To Know: FinOps. This report is especially timely, as FinOps is getting a front-row seat with executives globally across verticals and across organizations of all sizes. Amid a growing economic slowdown, efficiency […]
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HPE Ramps Up Hybrid Cloud Management With OpsRamp Acquisition

Carlos Casanova March 20, 2023
On Monday, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) announced its intention to acquire OpsRamp, which offers a multitenant AIOps-powered IT operations management (ITOM) solution for hybrid cloud environments. Its AIOps solution will be integrated into HPE’s GreenLake edge-to-cloud Platform. OpsRamp’s 300 employees will join HPE’s office of the CTO. Terms of the OpsRamp acquisition were not announced, […]
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The Biggest Conversations In Cloud Management? FinOps And Operationalizing Cloud

Tracy Woo March 12, 2023
Get a preview of our upcoming coverage in two key areas: operationalizing cloud and cloud cost management.
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A Short History Of Financial Services In The Cloud

Tracy Woo February 28, 2023
I’ve been working with a long list of financial services companies from various subsectors on their cloud strategies. Each wants to know how to best take advantage of cloud while meeting stringent (and shifting) regulatory requirements. It’s been a long road for financial services and cloud. Here’s a little bit of history. Financial services have […]
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The DoD Announces The Winners For Its $9B JWCC Contract

Tracy Woo December 9, 2022
This week, the US Department of Defense put an end to the year-long suspense by announcing the winners for its Joint Warfighter Cloud Capability contract. Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform, and Oracle Cloud Infrastructure were the big winners of the $9 billion contract.
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