Sharyn Leaver

VP, Group Director serving CIOs

Sharyn leads the research organization that serves CIOs, Enterprise Architecture Professionals, and Application Development & Delivery Professionals. Her team's research agenda includes all aspects of technology leadership — from strategic planning to emerging technology selection and implementation. Sharyn delivers strategic guidance, helping CIOs and other leaders adopt the processes and technologies that will help their firms win, serve, and retain customers.

Previous Work Experience

Previously at Forrester, Sharyn served as research director for the CIO, business process and applications, and consumer markets research teams. As an analyst, Sharyn researched enterprise applications, business process management tools, and several emerging technologies in consumer-driven and manufacturing industries such as life sciences, healthcare, retail, and consumer products.

In addition, Sharyn was a key contributor to the development of the Forrester Wave™ methodology to help clients accurately assess key vendors in a given technology-focused market.

Before joining Forrester, Sharyn spent several years as a consultant and project manager for Clarkston Consulting, a full-service professional services firm. She was responsible for the delivery of vendor selection and implementation projects involving SAP and other ERP applications, integration technology, and enterprise portals.


Sharyn holds a B.S. in computer information systems technology from Purdue University. She also attended Northwestern University's medical informatics graduate program.

Refine your results

Date Range



Market Imperatives


38 results in Everything

  • Infrastructure & Operations
  • James Staten
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Blog:The State Of The Cloud Market — SVForum

    Curious about where we are in the development of the cloud computing market? Here is my opening keynote from the 2012 SV Forum in Santa Clara, CA....

    • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

      Report:Five Data Center And IT Infrastructure Lessons From The Cloud Giants

      Amazon. Microsoft. Rackspace. The economics and efficiencies of the world's largest cloud and hosting service providers are an aspiration for some in enterprise IT — but a...

      • Downloads: 1023
    • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

      Charts & Figures:The Typical CSP's Cloud Journey

    • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

      Charts & Figures:The Cloud Service Provider Landscape Breakdown

    • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

      Blog:The VMware Community Has the Innovator’s Dilemma

        This week at the VMware Partner Exchange, CEO Pat Gelsinger and his executive staff decided to demonize Amazon Web Services and their public cloud brethren in a very short sighted defensive...

      • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

        Blog:Citrix Breaks Away From OpenStack

        Today's move by Citrix to put its CloudStack IaaS solution into the Apache Foundation says more about the state of the cloud market than it does about OpenStack. As our Fall 2011 Forrsights...

        • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

          Blog:Are cloud platforms saying goodbye to the hypervisor?

          OpenStack, CloudStack, Dell, IBM SoftLayerand othersare pushing a new agenda in cloud computing, one that eschews the hypervisor. Is this the future of cloud platforms or just another feature? So...

          • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

            Blog:What the CIA Cloud Does and Doesn't Tell Us

            Much has been written about the US Government Central Intelligence Agency's award of its private cloud business to Amazon Web Services and the subsequent protest and government ruling on this...

            • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

              Charts & Figures:Most Tier One And Tier Two CSPs Have Local Projections

            • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

              Blog:Grading our 2013 Cloud Predictions

              At this time 12 months ago, we released our predictions for what changes in the market would be brought about by the maturing of cloud computing. Looking back on the year, we can now see that, while...

              • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

                Blog:Forrester Wave: Public Cloud Platforms -- The Winner Is…

                …not that simple and therefore not always Amazon Web Services. First off, we didn’t take what might be construed as the typical approach, which would be to look either at...

                • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

                  Blog:To Be Private Cloud, Or Be Public Cloud: Is That Really The Question?

                  Shakespeare wrote in his famous play Hamlet,"Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, or to take arms against a sea of troubles, and by opposing end...

                  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

                    Blog:Adobe proves that the cloud is good for IT Ops

                    Adobe Systems is a pioneer and fast mover in the public cloud and in so doing is showing that there is nothing for infrastructure & operations professionals (IT Ops) to fear about this move. Instead,...

                    • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

                      Blog:Cloud Becomes The Motivator In 2015

                      We’ve been seeing for years in our surveys, that business users and application developers are the primary consumers of cloud services. SaaS and cloud platforms are not infrastructure or...

                      • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

                        Blog:You can learn from the clouds but you can’t compete

                        If you want to be the best in data center operations you are right to benchmark yourself against the cloud computing leaders – just don’t delude yourself into thinking you can match them....

                        • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

                          Blog:Are You Like Oracle When It Comes to the Cloud?

                          Oracle makes itself an easy target for the ire of the cloud community when it makes dumb, cloudwashed announcements like last week's supposed IaaS offering. But then again, Oracle is just doing...

                          • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

                            Charts & Figures:Global Breakdown Of CSP HQs

                          • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

                            Blog:VMware Takes the Cover Off Its Public Cloud

                            Sometimes you can only coax a reluctant partner and I&O customer community for so long before you feel you have to take matters into your own hands. That is exactly what VMware has decided to do to...

                            • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

                              Blog:As OpenStack Stabilizes Big Questions Remain for the Foundation

                              At its Paris summit, the OpenStack community celebrated the 10th release of what has become the leading open source Infrastructure as a Service cloud platform software. What stood out about this...

                              • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

                                Blog:Dear Help Desk: What's Safe To Do In The Cloud?

                                Wouldn't it be nice if your employees actually asked you this question before they went off and signed up for a cloud service or deployed a new app to a cloud platform? If they did ask, would you...

                                • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

                                  Blog:2012 Cloud Predictions – Winners & Losers

                                  The year 2012 brought a significant amount of growth in enterprise use of cloud services but did it fulfill our expectations? With just five weeks left in the year, it’s time to reflect on our...

                                  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

                                    Blog:Gelsinger Brings The "H" Word To VMware

                                      The long-rumored changing of the guard at VMware finally took place last week and with it came down a stubborn strategic stance that was a big client dis-satisfier. Out went the...

                                    • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

                                      Charts & Figures:Within The Tiers Lie Three Core Models

                                    • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

                                      Report:What The Evolution Of Cloud Storage Means For I&O

                                      Over the last few years, the capabilities and reach of cloud storage services have evolved rapidly, with many organizations expressing interest in storage-as-a-service. With or without the support of...

                                      • Downloads: 471
                                    • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

                                      Blog:What’s Your Cloud Future?

                                      We know that cloud services and cloud platforms are here to stay and should be considered part of your overall IT portfolio but how much of that portfolio will these services occupy in your future?...