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
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  • 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: 579
  • 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: 1526
  • 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...

    • Downloads: 1170
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Exchange 2010 — An Upgrade Worth Considering

    Better Back End, Basic Archiving, And Bigger Mailboxes Lead The Benefits List

    Email is business dial tone. Whether on computers or smartphones, email is the most popular application. And Microsoft Exchange is a popular choice for business email. Microsoft's recent release of...

    • Downloads: 877
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:For Gen Y, Mobility Trumps Web 2.0 At Work

    Workforce Technographics®

    Gen Y is four times more likely to visit a social networking site at home than they are to use one for work purposes. But if they are unable to bring their Social Computing habits and sensibility to...

    • Downloads: 794
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:A Day In The Life Of A US Information Worker

    A Snapshot Of US Information Worker Devices, Tools, And Activities

    This is a graphical overview of how US information workers (iWorkers) spend their time with computers, smartphones, and key productivity and collaboration tools. It is our first analysis of...

    • Downloads: 1268
  • 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...

    • Downloads: 752
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:How SaaS-Able Are Content, Collaboration, And Data Software Categories?

    Only Some Categories Possess The Innate Characteristics Suited To SaaS Delivery

    Many enterprises are considering information and knowledge management (I&KM) software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions as alternatives to on-premise software installations and perpetual-license models....

    • Downloads: 1244
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Working iPhone Owners Tap The Mobile Internet

    A Look At Data On Working iPhone Owners Shows The Mobile Internet In Action

    Working iPhone owners are more than twice as likely to access the Internet from their phone as working BlackBerry, Palm, or Windows Mobile device owners. While the data does not prove that iPhones...

    • Downloads: 914
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:US Telecommuting Forecast, 2009 To 2016

    Telecommuting Will Rise To Include 43% Of US Workers By 2016

    Today, more than 34 million US adults telecommute at least occasionally. Fueled by broadband adoption, better collaboration tools, and growing management experience, the US telecommuting ranks will...

    • Downloads: 784
  • 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.

    • Downloads: 5
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Measuring The Cloud's Impact On Corporate Email

    There is a significant amount of cost, complexity, and attention required to maintain corporate email on premise -- and firms are looking for a better way. The cloud offers the promise of simplifying...

    • Downloads: 16
  • 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...

    • Downloads: 3325