Ted Schadler

Vice President, Principal Analyst serving CIOs

Ted serves CIOs. He has 24 years of experience in the technology industry, focusing on the effects of disruptive technologies on the workforce and workforce productivity. His research focuses on workforce technologies and the programs that support them, including smartphones, tablets, and their impact on productivity; social business and collaboration tools; cloud email and collaboration tools; and the consumerization of IT. 

Ted is the co-author of Empowered: Unleash Your Employees, Energize Your Customers, and Transform Your Business (Harvard Business Review Press, September 2010). Social, mobile, video, and cloud Internet services give consumers and business customers more information power than ever before. To win customer trust and business, companies must empower their employees to directly engage with and solve the problems of empowered customers using these same technologies.

It is through this empowered lens that the consumerization of IT makes sense: employees solving customer and business problems using readily available technology that they master first at home — social, mobile, video, and cloud. This management book helps CIOs and IT organizations engage directly with business managers and employees to build an empowered strategy: understanding which employees are workforce "HEROes" — highly empowered and resourceful operatives — implementing empowering collaboration and innovation programs, creating a new empowered security architecture, and supporting HEROes with the right technology platforms.

In 2009, Ted launched Forrester's Workforce Technology Assessment, the industry's first benchmark survey of workforce technology adoption. This quantitative approach helps professionals and the teams they work with have a fact-based conversation about employees' technology adoption and requirements.

Previous Work Experience

Prior to joining Forrester in April 1997, Ted was a cofounder of Phios, an MIT spinoff. Before that, Ted worked for eight years as CTO and director of engineering for a software company serving the healthcare industry. Early in his career, Ted was a singer and bass player for Crash Davenport, a successful Maryland-based rock-and-roll band.

Education

Ted has a master's degree in management from the MIT Sloan School of Management. He also holds an M.S. in computer science from the University of Maryland and a B.A. with honors in physics from Swarthmore College.

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  • Ted Schadler
  • Tech Sector Economics
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Mobile Is The New Face Of Engagement

    CIOs Must Plan Now For New Systems Of Engagement

    By 2016, smartphones and tablets will put power in the pockets of a billion global consumers. Mobile is not simply another device for IT to support with a shrunken website or a screen-scraped SAP...

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  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Should Your Email Live In The Cloud? A Comparative Cost Analysis

    Cloud-Based Email Is Often Cheaper Than On-Premise Email

    When Google launched Google Apps Premier Edition for $50 per user per year, it raised the question, "How much should we be paying for email?" But it's not just this eye-popping price that should...

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  • For Customer Insights Professionals

    Report:Ten Ways To Recession-Proof Market Research

    Focus On Business Outcomes — Starting With Revenue — To Retain Budget

    Market researchers should act quickly to establish their business relevance and preserve their budgets before recession fears start affecting budgets and spending. We have identified 10 ways that...

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  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:The State Of Workforce Technology Adoption: US Benchmark 2009

    Workforce Technology Adoption By Information Workers

    This is a graphical analysis of Forrester's Workforce Technographics® US Benchmark Survey, Q2 2009. This analysis is based on an online survey of 2,001 US information workers (iWorkers) at...

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  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:2013 Mobile Workforce Adoption Trends

    More BYOD, More Devices, More Mobility, More Apple

    Have we hit peak bring-your-own-device (BYOD)? Which apps are most important on smartphones? How many employees are interested in Windows tablets? Do employees use mobile devices for work more at...

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    Report:Web Conferencing 2009 Market Overview

    Pick A Portfolio Of Providers To Meet All Your Conferencing Scenarios

    Web conferencing has become a key real-time collaboration priority for most enterprises. IT is working hard to pick the right suppliers, negotiate the right price, and drive adoption. But the market...

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  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Harness The Power Of Workforce Personas

    Survey And Segment Your Workforce To Understand What They Truly Need

    For 25 years, a one-size-fits-all approach to workforce technology worked just fine, but those days are fading fast. With overall adoption levels surprisingly low on the one hand, and yet with some...

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  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Four Giants Compete For Your Cloud Email Business

    Microsoft And Google Lead; IBM's In The Hunt; Cisco's Just Starting Out

    Google jumped into the enterprise email market in 2007 with a $50 annual subscription to its cloud email service and turned the market upside down. Microsoft quickly re-evaluated and repriced its...

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  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Build An Operations Stairway To The Mobile Future

    Take Seven Steps Now Under The Charter Of A Mobility Council

    Smartphones, tablets, and the rise of bring-your-own (BYO) devices have put tremendous pressure on IT to revamp and rethink its mobile strategy: everything from procurement and development to...

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    Report:How Consumerization Drives Innovation

    Your Technology And Culture Create An Environment Of Empowered Employees

    Consumerization — employees using devices, applications, and web services without permission — is a threat to the status quo and a risk to the security of the firm. But it's also a key...

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  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:The Internet Crushes The Work/Life Boundary

    An Empowered Report: It's Time To Plot The Path To A Work Anywhere Future

    Broadband connections, mobile devices, and collaboration tools make employees productive from any location. Your employees know this already: Forrester's survey of more than 5,000 information workers...

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  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:The State Of Workforce Technology Adoption: US Benchmark 2011

    How US Information Workers Adopt And Use Technology

    This report is a graphical analysis of Forrester's Q2 2011 US Workforce Technology And Engagement Online Survey of 4,985 US information workers. Armed with this baseline data from every US industry,...

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  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:The State Of Real-Time Collaboration In 2009: Conferencing Tools Are Hot

    This data chart features slides with real-time collaboration and conferencing tools data from Forrester's Enterprise And SMB Software Survey, North America And Europe, Q4 2008.

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  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Smartphones And Telecommuting: Workforce Technology Adoption 2009

    Workforce Technographics®

    There is pent-up demand for smartphone support. Today, only 11% of US information workers (iWorkers) use a smartphone at work, but nearly three times that many say that they use their own mobile...

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  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Tier Your Workforce To Save Money With Cloud-Based Corporate Email

    Occasional Users Can Run Email In The Cloud For As Little As $2.43 Per Month

    Information and knowledge management (I&KM) pros are used to giving all employees the same software tools. While this has the benefit of simplicity, it often means buying licenses for software that...

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  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Mastering The Business Tablet Landscape

    Landscape: The CIO's Mobile Engagement Playbook

    Tablets are the darlings of hypermobile employees who want to be always connected and productive. They are the newest player in the mobile landscape and are even starting to be a viable alternative...

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  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Consumerization Drives Smartphone Proliferation

    Employees' Choices And Dollars Dictate The Rise Of Android And Apple Devices

    More than half of US information workers pay for their smartphones and monthly plans, and three-quarters pick the smartphone they want rather than accept IT's choice. What does consumerization's...

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  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Wanted: Mobile Engagement Providers

    Tools And Technology: The CIO's Mobile Engagement Playbook

    Building and delivering great mobile experiences will be the beating heart of your customer engagement strategy for the next 10 years. The challenge of making a simple, intuitive app that fronts a...

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  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Benchmarking Mobile Engagement: Consumers And Employees Outpace CIOs' Readiness

    Benchmark: The CIO's Mobile Engagement Playbook

    Are you ready to serve your mobile customers on the device of their choice? Have you anticipated what apps they need next? And for employees, which apps are most important on smartphones? How many...

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    Report:Workforce Personas And The Mobile App Gap

    Productivity Apps, Process Apps, Or Both? Personas Help You Decide

    The mobile mind shift that people are experiencing at home — to expect everything on a mobile device — drives their mobile expectations at work as well. IT is slow to respond with mobile...

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    Report:The State Of Workforce Technology Adoption: Global Benchmark 2012

    Strategic Planning Forrsights For CIOs

    CIOs are responsible for the technology tools and services that make employees productive and successful at work. Too often, the CIO organization must make decisions about devices, software licenses,...

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  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Re-Engineer Your Business For Mobile Moments

    Embrace The IDEA Cycle: Identify, Design, Engineer, Analyze

    The mobile mind shift is the expectation that your customer can get what she wants in her immediate context and moments of need. This shift means the battle for your customer's attention will be...

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  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Quick Take: IBM Bets A Billion Dollars On Cognitive Computing

    IBM Announces Watson Group, Its First New Group In A Decade

    On January 9, 2014, IBM launched its first business unit in 19 years to bring Watson, the machine that beat two Jeopardy champions in 2011, to the rest of us. IBM posits that Watson is the start of a...

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  • For Marketing Leadership Professionals

    Report:Technographics Insight: Mobile Shopping Gets A Foothold With Gen Yers And Gen Xers

    While only 8% of consumers have used a mobile phone to purchase products, it is none the less becoming a growing trend. With MasterCard's introduction of their PayPass and Visa's payWave, consumers...

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  • For Marketing Leadership Professionals

    Report:North American Trend Analysis, 2001-2007: Online And PC Education And Career Activities

    This Technographics Data Chart looks at the trends for consumers using education software on their PC and using their PCs and the Internet for online education courses and career-related activities....