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
  • Enterprise Collaboration
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Brief: Microsoft Office Crosses The Cloud Rubicon

    The Focus Is On Business Agility, And Here's Why It Matters

    Microsoft used the SharePoint Conference 2014 to forcefully assert that its entire Office portfolio is pivoting to cloud-first development and delivery. Microsoft gave services like Yammer and...

    • Downloads: 195
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:What File Sync And Share Customers Have Learned

    Customer Interviews Reveal The Requirements And Decision Process

    Now that 25% of the global information workforce uses file sync and share services, up from 5% in 2010, CIOs have a mandate to replace the consumer-grade services employees are using with a...

    • Downloads: 356
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:The Forrester Wave™: File Sync And Share Platforms, Q3 2013

    The 16 Providers That Matter Most And How They Stack Up

    In Forrester's 26-criteria evaluation of file sync and share vendors, we identified, researched, analyzed, and scored products from the 16 most significant solution providers in this market:...

    • Downloads: 1275
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    Report:How Red Robin Gourmet Burgers Nailed Mobile Engagement: A Case Study

    Continuous Improvement: The CIO's Mobile Engagement Playbook

    Red Robin Gourmet Burgers is using iPads and social technology to transform the way team members serve guests and master their jobs. Technology is an essential component, but so is learning and...

    • Downloads: 307
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Office 2013: A Breakthrough In Productivity

    Highly Integrated With A Risk Of Lock-In

    Microsoft looks to strike three very familiar chords with the release of Office 2013: mobile, social, and cloud. Each has become table stakes for enterprise software, and in order for Microsoft to...

    • Downloads: 578
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:The Business Impact Of Mobile Engagement

    Business Case: The CIO's Mobile Engagement Playbook

    Smartphones and tablets are game changers for engagement because people carry them everywhere they go. Your customers and partners and employees have perpetual access to the vast resources of the...

    • Downloads: 1055
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:The Road To Social Business Transformation Starts With A Burning Platform

    Road Map: The Social Business And Collaboration Playbook

    Social business technology can transform the way employees work by eliminating barriers to collaboration, improving customer engagement, and accelerating the flow of information and ideas. But even...

    • Downloads: 892
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Analyze What Your Social Business And Collaboration Stakeholders Really Need

    Stakeholder Needs: The Social Business And Collaboration Playbook

    Too often, firms launch social business and collaboration programs without a clear understanding of what key stakeholders, including business sponsors and especially employees, want. The result is...

    • Downloads: 584
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Assess The Capabilities And Impact Of Your Social Business And Collaboration Toolkit

    Assessment Framework: The Social Business And Collaboration Playbook

    Companies have been investing in collaboration tools for 15 years or more, yet email is still the most commonly used tool. New social tools that dramatically improve the flow of information and...

    • Downloads: 555
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:The CIO's Role In The Social Business Policy

    Policy And Procedures: The Social Business And Collaboration Playbook

    A clear social business policy is an essential guide for employees using social and collaboration tools for customer engagement and for internal or partner collaboration. While it takes a...

    • Downloads: 438
  • For CIO Professionals

    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,...

    • Downloads: 335
  • 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...

    • Downloads: 4029
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:The Forrester Wave™: Mobile Collaboration, Q3 2011

    Mobile collaboration means putting collaboration workloads onto all-important smartphones and tablets, then delivering a great user experience anywhere, anytime, on any device. This is a high bar to...

    • Downloads: 2516
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:An Early Look At Microsoft Office 365 Features

    Office 365 Has Much But Not All Of What Firms Need From A Collaboration Platform

    On June 28, 2011, Microsoft launched Office 365 in 40 countries after a massive public beta involving 200,000 organizations from every region. This product encompasses Office Professional Plus and...

    • Downloads: 740
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Mobilize Your Collaboration Strategy

    Mobile Collaboration Requires An App Internet Architecture

    The days when a Windows application and a server cluster in the data center could handle your collaboration needs are over. An increasingly mobile and remote workforce with experiences forged by...

    • Downloads: 1142
  • For CIO Professionals

    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...

    • Downloads: 968
  • 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...

    • Downloads: 847
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:SlideShare Ties Conferencing To Millions Of Slides

    More Than A Million Shared Slides Get An Audio And Video Facelift; Consumerization Gets Another Injection; IT Gets Another Vendor To Track

    Why does the world need yet another webconferencing vendor? Because the existing solutions don't deliver all the value that your employees crave at a price you can afford. SlideShare has answered the...

    • Downloads: 184
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Counterintuitive Collaboration Trends For 2011

    An Empowered Report: Consumerization Leads The List Of Collaboration Disrupters

    Some collaboration trends are clear and very important — cloud-based email, collaboration services on smart mobile devices, the expansion of social technology, and the rise of integrated...

    • Downloads: 1522
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Welcome To The Empowered Era

    An Empowered Report: Reinvent Yourself To Serve Empowered Customers And Employees

    Your customers and your employees have more power than ever before. Mobile, social, video, and cloud technologies give individuals tremendous access to information and resources. To succeed in an era...

    • Downloads: 1262
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:How iPads Enter The Workforce

    An Empowered Report: Tablets Open Doors To New Mobile Scenarios

    iPad has exploded onto the scene. Who could have imagined that a tablet (a category introduced in 2001) would capture the imagination of employees and IT alike? But it did, and it's kicked off an...

    • Downloads: 1546
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:The Forrester Wave™: Web Conferencing, Q2 2010

    Adobe, Cisco, IBM, And Microsoft Lead In The Web Meeting Scenario

    In Forrester's 60-criteria evaluation of Web conferencing vendors, we found that traditional vendors Adobe, Cisco, IBM Sametime, and Microsoft's two offerings led the pack because of their breadth...

    • Downloads: 1309
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    Report:The HERO Index: Finding Empowered Employees

    Empowered Employees Solve Customer Problems: Find Them And Help Them

    Groundswell technologies — social, mobile, video, and cloud — put tremendous power in the hands of customers. Only empowered employees can respond at the speed of empowered customers...

    • Downloads: 1009
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    Report:POST: A Systematic Way To Define Your Collaboration Strategy

    A Structured Methodology Drives The Business Conversation

    Information and knowledge management professionals all too often go about collaboration strategy backwards: picking technologies like social networks or videoconferencing instead of focusing first on...

    • Downloads: 1332
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    Report:Collaboration Needs Will Fuel A Smartphone Surge

    The Surge Can Be Funded Through A Bring-Your-Own Smartphone Strategy

    Employees, aka consumers, are mad about smartphones, attracted by the ability to email, collaborate, and work with documents from anywhere. Fourteen percent of information workers across the US,...

    • Downloads: 979