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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  • Infrastructure & Operations
  • Sourcing & Procurement
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:RFP Template For Telecom Expense Management Solutions

    This template is intended to provide a starting point for deciding which sections to include in an RFP for telecom expense management (TEM) support tools and implementation services. I&O...

    • Downloads: 73
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    Report:Market Overview: On-Premises Mobile Device Management Solutions

    Support Empowered Workers Better By Managing Your Enterprise Mobility Strategy Efficiently And Securely

    To implement your enterprise mobile strategy, IT infrastructure and operations (I&O) professionals must invest in a mobile device management (MDM) solution. This essential technology allows I&O...

    • Downloads: 2156
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    Report:The Data Center Network Evolution: Three Core Network Management Tools

    I&O Must Invest In Configuration And Management, Monitoring, And Monitoring Aggregation To Accelerate Data Center Transformation And Automation

    Businesses are pushing their infrastructures to become a standardized, self-service, pay-per-use model giving users rapid access to powerful and more flexible IT capabilities. This means that I&O...

    • Downloads: 953
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Source Business Technology Resiliency Capabilities

    Tools And Technology: The Business Technology Resiliency Playbook

    When anxious executives ask you to improve or maintain business resiliency across the enterprise, it's likely that you'll need help. The skills and expertise required to stay on top of key trends,...

    • Downloads: 926
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Market Overview: Cloud-Hosted Mobile Device Management Solutions And Managed Services

    Support Empowered Workers Better By Managing Your Enterprise Mobility Strategy Efficiently And Securely

    To implement your enterprise mobile strategy, IT infrastructure and operations (I&O) professionals must invest in a mobile device management (MDM) solution. This essential technology allows I&O...

    • Downloads: 2196
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    Report:Market Overview: Data Center Networking Solutions, Q1 2012

    The Data Center Networking Solutions Mimic I&O's Virtualization Maturity

    Over the past year, infrastructure and operations (I&O) professionals have focused their enterprise networking efforts on readying network infrastructure to support virtualization, consolidation,...

    • Downloads: 879
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Hosted Virtual Desktops Versus Physical PCs: Understanding The Operational Cost Differences

    When considering hosted virtual desktops (also known as virtual desktop infrastructure, or VDI) as an alternative or in addition to physical PCs, it's difficult to find reliable information about the...

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  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Source Your Network Architecture From A Strategic Partner

    Dual-Sourcing Your Network Just Results In Low-Cost, Low-Value Infrastructure

    Over the past few years in the networking industry, various vendors have claimed they offer clients a choice where there was none before. Really?! Over the past eight years, the networking industry...

    • Downloads: 483
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Source Effective Service Management And Automation Capabilities

    Build/Buy Capabilities: The Service Management And Automation Playbook

    This Forrester report provides infrastructure and operations (I&O) leaders and teams with a methodology to source their tools for effective service management and automation (SMA). This is...

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  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Market Overview: Public IaaS Clouds, Q4 2011, Part 3

    Cloud Platforms: Foundational Systems Could Strengthen Your Preferred Service Providers

    A growing number of public infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) clouds are coming to market that share the same underlying capabilities, technologies, and interfaces. Rather than build their clouds...

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  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Cost Analysis Tool: Cloud Versus Internal Storage Deployment

    A customizable Forrester companion tool to the Economics of IT series docs.

    • Downloads: 84
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:SSD-Only Storage Challenges The Need For Tiers

    Advanced Data Reduction Brings The Effective Cost Near Parity With Disk

    Flash-based solid state disk (SSD) is poised to play a big role in enterprise storage due to its high-performance, stateful nature and moderate cost compared with DRAM, but figuring out how to use it...

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  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Market Overview: Public IaaS Clouds, Q4 2011, Part 2

    AWS Leads A Rapidly Growing Field

    For many I&O professionals, developing a cloud strategy is a top priority for 2011 and 2012. After strategically selecting certain workloads fit for public IaaS, it's now time for selecting your...

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  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Understand The Cloud Service Provider Market Landscape

    Landscape: The Cloud Computing Playbook

    With cloud computing services now formal members of the technology management portfolio, the challenge shifts from understanding cloud to selecting the right partners. Most hosting companies, managed...

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  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Market Overview: Public IaaS Clouds, Q4 2011, Part 1

    How To Sift Through The Cloud Washing And Uncover True Value

    While cloud computing is still in the early adopter phase, you're under executive pressure to develop a cloud strategy. And it's up to you to sort through the cloud washing and not only understand...

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    Report:Market Overview: Disk Libraries, Q1 2012

    Identity Crisis No More: The Backup Market Shifts From Virtual Tape To Treating Disk As Disk In Open Systems Environments

    The use of disk in backup environments has been accelerating for several years. We've now reached a point where most infrastructure and operations (I&O) professionals are using disk in some way,...

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  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Huawei Takes On The Global Enterprise Market

    Regional Success Gives The Firm A Head Start, But The Global Enterprise Market Is A Whole New Ballgame

    Huawei Technologies officially entered the global enterprise market in 2011, aiming to grow its market share by leveraging its experience in the carrier network equipment market and broadening its...

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  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Market Overview: Midrange Storage, Q3 2011

    Unified Storage Architectures Enable Private Cloud Environments

    The storage industry is undergoing a transition. Infrastructure and operations (I&O) execs know that storage is a core component of enabling private cloud environments. But to achieve cloud...

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  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:The State And Direction Of Software Asset Management: 2012 To 2013

    Despite A Growing Need For SAM, Capabilities Are Still Adrift From Business Need

    The costs and risks associated with software purchases and use are a corporate concern. As a result, enterprises consider software asset management (SAM) capabilities as a "must-have" rather than a...

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    Report:File Storage Costs Less In The Cloud Than In-House

    We Calculate A 74% Cost Reduction, But It's Hard To Compare Apples To Apples

    There's a great deal of hype surrounding cloud delivery models of all flavors, with the assumption that it will usher in a new era of cheaper, better IT. But most I&O organizations struggle to...

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  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Oracle Versus HP: Customers Lose; Oracle And x86 Linux Vendors Win

    Oracle's Actions Punish Customers And Drive Migration To Linux

    Vendor acquisitions and strategy shifts continue to disrupt the world of enterprise IT. Few, however, have been as disruptive and one-sided in their impact as the recent decision by Oracle to...

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  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Consider Colocation As A Key To Your Holistic Data Center Strategy

    Evolved Options Can Help Optimize Your Technology Ecosystem

    As your business depends more on technology services for daily operations and customer engagement platforms, data center capacity demands will continue to increase. You now face a more urgent task of...

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    Report:Market Overview: Application Performance Management, Q4 2011

    A Pragmatic Approach To Service Quality

    In today's challenging economic times, business productivity takes precedence over many other considerations. To achieve a quality of service that's in line with this goal, IT infrastructure and...

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    Report:An Infrastructure Can Only Be As Efficient As DNS, DHCP, And IP Address Management

    I&O Should Focus Its Energies On DDI Operations, Not Development

    When was the last time you heard of a company building its own personal computers for its employees? Cobbling together hard drives, CPUs, memory, and operating systems is not cost-effective or a core...

    • Downloads: 493
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Quick Take: Net? Yes. Neutrality? No.

    We Answer Three Key Questions To Help Clarify The Arguments And The Relevance Of Net Neutrality

    The positions in intense debate surrounding Net neutrality can't simply be summed up as "standing up for users' rights" or "asserting a carrier's right to profit." Verizon filed a petition to review...

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