James leads portfolio strategy and customer cloud strategy engagement discussions for the Cloud+Enterprise division. He has more than 25 years' experience in enterprise technology, working as an industry analyst, CMO, product market lead, journalist and reseller. Prior to Microsoft, he was the lead cloud computing analyst for Forrester Research and pioneered the firm’s coverage in this area, helping Fortune 500 and global enterprises develop successful cloud strategies. James has held key executive positions at firms including Gartner, Sun Microsystems and Azul Systems, is a frequent keynote speaker at industry events and conferences and has lectured at leading business schools. He holds degrees from the Annenberg School at the University of Southern California and the University of North Texas. When not working, James is an avid marathoner and triathlete.