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Product Teams For Infrastructure And Operations

Charles Betz 17 hours ago
As an analyst at Forrester, I talk to a lot of IT professionals. One of the most common inquiries lately goes something like this: “We’ve piloted DevOps and Agile and like the results. However . . . ” and then come the “what-abouts.” What about ITIL, the NOC, the auditors, the service desk, and perhaps […]
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Sixty Days & Over 100 Inquiries And Briefings — Four Things You Should Know

Mark Brandau July 30, 2019
If you missed my intro blog, A New Rhythm in HCM, here’s the summary: I’m new to Forrester after more than 25 years working for software vendors including, most recently, SAP, where I was a part of the SAP SuccessFactors product leadership team. I’m very excited to be leading the reignition of Forrester’s human capital […]
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A New Rhythm In HCM

Mark Brandau June 13, 2019
Maybe I’ve been in the software world for too long. Or maybe I’m a product of my earlier years. You might remember the old Russian proverb, “Doveryai, no proveryai,” which President Reagan made famous in the context of nuclear disarmament. Translated: “Trust, but verify.” Either way, I’m curious about a lot of things, question everything, […]
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Predictions 2019 Update: Cloud Computing Soars To New Heights

Dave Bartoletti April 24, 2019
The cloud ride is accelerating. Cloud vendor innovation pace is off the charts, and revenue is soaring. Take a look at three of our 2019 cloud computing predictions to see where we stand a third of the way through the year.
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The Future Of Health: How Our 2019 Predictions Fared In Q1

Arielle Trzcinski April 23, 2019
How did our 2019 healthcare predictions stack up? Read to find out what’s happened, and what’s still to come.
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Anthos Ups Google’s Enterprise Efforts

Jeffrey Hammond April 23, 2019
(With Dave Bartoletti and John Rymer) The biggest announcement out of the Google Cloud Next conference in early April was the general availability of its Cloud Services Platform but with a new brand name: Anthos. Anthos promises to help software delivery teams build and manage modern applications across multiple cloud platforms, including on-premises and public […]
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FORRward: A Weekly Read For Tech And Marketing Execs

Matthew Guarini April 18, 2019
Is There A Resurgence For The CIO Role? For years, the CIO role looked like it had been moving toward “chief infrastructure officer,” with many executives feeling like the transformative part of their job had been carved out and handed to chief digital officers. We have always been dubious that CDOs without deep technology expertise […]
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FORRward: A Weekly Read For Tech And Marketing Execs

Matthew Guarini February 20, 2019
A Road Map To Lose Your Technology Mandate CIOs have historically run technology innovation efforts, but that may be changing. We find CEOs understand that the future of their business depends on technology they don’t have or that hasn’t been invented yet. They recognize a need to spend at least part of their firm’s time […]
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Telecom-Only = Disrupted

James Staten January 24, 2019
My theme at PTC’19 this week was that telecommunications and colocation companies that maintain a focus on their traditional value propositions will be fully disrupted by 2025. Customers, in the era of cloud computing and embracing the shift to business agility, don’t want long-term commitments to fixed capacities of these resources. Their infrastructure consumption is […]
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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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Does Africa Present An Opportunity For The Chinese Clouds?

Paul Miller November 8, 2018
Africa is home to 20% of our planet’s land and 16% of its people, but none of the hyperscale public clouds run from data centers there — yet. Microsoft will offer Azure from data centers in Cape Town and Johannesburg later this year, and Amazon recently announced plans to follow suit with an Amazon Web Services […]
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Predictions 2019: Cloud Computing Comes Of Age As The Foundation For Enterprise Digital Transformation

Dave Bartoletti November 8, 2018
Last year, Forrester predicted that cloud computing would radically accelerate enterprise transformation everywhere. After a decade of powering small and medium business success — and giving disruptive companies the tools and technologies they needed to compete head on with the world’s largest firms — cloud was poised to drive significant enterprise change in the very firms being […]
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Key Takeaways From Huawei Connect 2018

Charlie Dai October 17, 2018
Huawei held its flagship Connect 2018 conference in Shanghai from October 10 to 12. The event, which featured more than 200 sessions, attracted over 25,000 visitors and more than 1,500 partners from around the world. By the end of 2017, Huawei’s annual revenue had exceeded US$92 billion — half of which comes from global markets […]
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Impressions From Alibaba’s Computing Conference

Dan Bieler October 8, 2018
Alibaba has become one of the world’s most fascinating and cutting-edge technology businesses — and is key to understanding where the digital era is heading.
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Apptio Moves To Automate Enterprise Tech Optimization

James Staten October 3, 2018
Nearly all CIO organizations struggle to optimize cloud consumption. It’s helpful that there is a growing set of tools to help you learn how to best leverage cloud platform services and how to identify when your use is suboptimal and overly costly. But this guidance would be far more effective if it could give you […]
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Not Everyone Deserves To Conduct The Multicloud Orchestra

Paul Miller September 7, 2018
Multicloud is a real and increasingly strategic customer choice rather than an accident of poor or nonexistent planning. We all know that; I’ve written about it before. Vendors of cloud tools and solutions are clearly aware of the multicloud trend as well and are moving to position themselves to best advantage. But there’s a problem: For too […]
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Not Everyone Deserves To Conduct The Multicloud Orchestra

Paul Miller September 7, 2018
Multicloud is a real and increasingly strategic customer choice rather than an accident of poor or nonexistent planning. We all know that; I’ve written about it before. Vendors of cloud tools and solutions are clearly aware of the multicloud trend as well and are moving to position themselves to best advantage. But there’s a problem: […]
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A New Forrester Wave™ Assesses The Market For Full-Stack Public Cloud Development Platforms In China

Charlie Dai August 13, 2018
Our new “The Forrester Wave™: Full-Stack Public Cloud Development Platforms In China, Q3 2018” report is now live! This Wave evaluation uncovered a market in which Alibaba Cloud, Microsoft, Amazon Web Services, Tencent Cloud, and Huawei lead the pack. Baidu Cloud, JD Cloud, Kingsoft Cloud, and QingCloud offer strong alternatives. UCloud, Ping An Technology, and […]
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Cloud Empowers Innovations

James Staten July 25, 2018
This value was strongly reinforced at Google Cloud Next ’18 this week. Several enterprises talked through how cloud services like Google Cloud Platform are not just sources of application agility and on-demand infrastructure but are platforms providing high-value access to technology chains they can leverage confidently for innovation efforts. For example, Larry Colagiovanni, vice president […]
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You Can't Afford To Wait And See With Emerging Tech

James Staten June 21, 2018
New C-Suite Must-Read Report: “Technology Innovation Chains Create Breakthrough Opportunities” To C-suite execs responsible for driving business innovation, I highly encourage you to read Brian Hopkins‘ latest report, which shows that today’s approach to emerging tech innovation is dead. If you are either investing in single technologies or waiting for emerging technologies to mature along […]
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