Microsoft hires former Forrester Analyst as Cloud Chief Strategist

Today, March 17, Microsoft disclosed that the former Vice President & Principal Analyst at Forrester Research: James Staten, was elected as chief strategist for its Cloud & Enterprise group. Staten will report to Corporate VP ans Cloud Chief Scott Guthrie.

As stated in his LinkedIn profile, James Staten is a veteran in the market, with over 30 years experience in marketing, business development and corporate strategy with large tech companies and start ups. At Forrester his main focus was to track, trend and forecast the technology evolutions and usage trends of data center and server technologies. His main areas of concentration were Cloud Computing & Adaptive Intelligence (collaborative business intelligence).

According to one of his tweet, the cloud forecaster is not going to relocate to Redmond, where he was living while at Forrester,  he will instead remain based in Silicon Valley where he is going to create connections between the cloud and other Microsoft products, focused on improving the Azure cloud business.

According to Microsoft announcement Staten will work with CIOs helping them to migrate to cloud and other groups and the corporate strategy team.