Stephanie Balaouras

Vice President, Research Director serving Security & Risk PROFESSIONALS

Stephanie serves Security & Risk Professionals. She leads a team of analysts who provide research and advisory services on topics like IT security frameworks; governance, risk, and compliance (GRC); identity and access management (IAM); application security; data security; and IT infrastructure security. She also provides Forrester's coverage of specific risk topics including business continuity (BC), IT continuity/disaster recovery (DR), and backup and recovery.

Previous Work Experience

Stephanie has more than 12 years of experience in BC/DR, backup and recovery, and information storage industries. Prior to joining the security and risk team, Stephanie was a principal analyst on Forrester's infrastructure and operations team, where she was instrumental in the development of Forrester's research and offerings in continuity, availability, and information storage and protection. Prior to joining Forrester, Stephanie was a senior analyst with Yankee Group, where she provided insight on technology trends to key system, storage, and information protection vendors and consultative advice on strategic and tactical initiatives. Before Yankee Group, Stephanie worked at EMC, first as a technical architect and then as a senior education and productivity consultant. As a technical architect, she articulated EMC's value to partners and customers and designed solutions to meet customer and new market opportunities. As an education and productivity consultant, she managed and supported complex technical training programs for business and practice managers in EMC's Technology Solutions Group. Prior to EMC, Stephanie worked at Accenture as a consultant, focusing on the implementation of business applications (SAP, PeopleSoft) for global businesses.


Stephanie holds a bachelor's degree in business administration and finance and investments from Babson College.


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  • James Staten
  • For Chief Information Officer Professionals

    Blog:How Cloudy Are Your Cloud Service Provider Partners?

    There’s no shortage of companies these days calling themselves cloud service providers (CSPs) but are they really? And if not, what value do they bring to your portfolio and the cloud...

    • For CIO Professionals

      Report:A Sample Cloud Use Policy

      A Cloud Playbook Template For Effectively Communicating Use

      This cloud computing playbook toolkit item contains a sample cloud computing policy document that can be used by CIOs as a basis for crafting an effective policy around the use of cloud computing...

      • Downloads: 130
    • For Chief Information Officer Professionals

      Blog:Oracle Continues to Make Cloud Progress

      Well if you're going to make a dramatic about face from total dismissal of cloud computing, this is a relatively credible way to do it. Following up on its announcement of a serious cloud future...

      • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

        Blog:Has Amazon Solved Its Private Cloud Dilemma?

        Amazon Web Services (AWS) is great, but many of our enterprise clients want those cloud services and values delivered on premise, behind their firewall, which may feel more comfortable for protecting...

        • For CIO Professionals

          Charts & Figures:Break Big Apps Into Discrete Services

        • For Customer Insights Professionals

          Report:Adaptive Intelligence: Assess Your Readiness

          Firms today have the false belief that they can create a 360-degree view of their customers with just the data they own. But this means they miss out on valuable insights from partners and...

          • Downloads: 208
        • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

          Report:Who Are Enterprise Cloud Developers?

          What Forrester's Forrsights Developer Survey, Q1 2013 Shows

          Less than a quarter of all enterprise developers are using cloud platforms today. Examining the first movers, using the Forrester Forrsights Developer Survey, Q1 2013, we found significant...

          • Downloads: 191
        • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

          Report:Big Data Options In The Cloud

          You'll Likely Need More Than One Cloud Service For Your Big Data Strategy

          So, you want to do big data in the cloud? Then get ready to navigate a potentially confusing market for big data cloud services. The options span from three categories of foundational services to two...

          • Downloads: 345
        • 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: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 CIO Professionals

              Report:PRISM's Impact On The US Cloud Industry

              A Business Technographics Document: Forrester Survey Suggests NSA Spying Has Driven More Use Of Encryption Than Migration

              Since Edward Snowden revealed the US National Security Agency's PRISM spying program, there has been widespread speculation that the announcement would ruin the fates of US cloud, hosting, and...

              • Downloads: 58
            • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

              Report:Quick Take: HP Acquires Eucalyptus Systems

              HP Gains Some Solid Talent, But The Technology Story Is Not Yet Revealed

              On September 11, 2014, HP announced that it will be acquiring Eucalyptus Systems, an open source cloud platform founded in 2009. This is an unexpected move for HP. Since 2010, HP has been committed...

              • Downloads: 74
            • For Chief Information Officer Professionals

              Blog:Grading Our 2014 Cloud Predictions

              This time last year, we published our predictions of what would be the major events and changes in enterprise cloud adoption in 2014. In this post, we look back on these prognostications to see which...

              • For CIO Professionals

                Report:Rightsource Your Applications For The Cloud

                CIOs frequently ask us which applications they should consider moving to the cloud or replace with cloud services. Forrester provides you with a methodology to answer this question and help you...

                • Downloads: 1584
              • For CIO Professionals

                Report:Don't Move Your Apps To The Cloud

                Use The Cloud To Transform Them Instead

                It has become conventional wisdom that leveraging cloud services will save you money. But that isn't universally true. To achieve these benefits, especially from cloud platforms...

                • Downloads: 1002
              • For CIO Professionals

                Report:To Get Applications To The Cloud, Blend Strategic Rightsourcing With Multisourcing

                Processes: The Cloud Computing Playbook

                Cloud services are rapidly growing in the enterprise. While these services offer flexible new options to CIOs and other business and technology leaders, they also pose new challenges to sourcing and...

                • Downloads: 150
              • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

                Blog:Q: Which Apps Should I Move to the Cloud? A: Wrong Question

                Out of all the inquiries I get from Forrester enterprise clients, the above question is by far the most common these days. However, the question shows that we have a lot to learn about true public...

                • For Chief Information Officer Professionals

                  Blog:Cloud Computing At NAB: The Media And Cloud Businesses Are Evolving To The Same Economic Model

                  While the bulk of the enterprise IT market grumbles about the maturity and security of cloud computing services, it looks like the media & entertainment segment is just doing it. At the annual...

                  • For CIO Professionals

                    Charts & Figures:Three Stages Of Application Transition To Cloud Platforms

                  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

                    Blog:Cloud computing and highly secure data DO mix

                    Every client (especially every government client) who says I’ll never use cloud services with highly secure data needs to hear this story. In no more sensitive a place than law enforcement is...

                    • For Chief Information Officer Professionals

                      Blog:Oracle And OpenStack: A Tale Of Two Completely Opposite Strategies

                      If you wanted to see the full spectrum of cloud choices that are coming to market today you only have to look at these two efforts as they are starting to evolve. They represent the extremes. And...

                      • 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 CIO Professionals

                          Charts & Figures:Cloud Attitudes Stress The CIO-Business Relationship

                        • For CIO Professionals

                          Charts & Figures:Self-Service Technologies Will Challenge IT's Value Proposition

                          Skills And Staffing: The Cloud Computing Playbook