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
  • Technology Pricing & Licensing
  • 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 CIO Professionals

    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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    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: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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    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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    Report:Brief: Samsung Knox 2.0 Chases The Secure Mobile Market

    But Do Customers Need Another Vertical Enterprise Device Platform?

    The relaunch of Samsung Knox 2.0 was widely talked about at this year's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Customers and partners voiced mixed views on the market potential and the impact Knox will...

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