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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  • For CMO Professionals

    Report:The Disruptor's Handbook

    How To Innovate Your Products Before Someone Else Does

    Digital disruption is about to tear down and rebuild every product in every industry. Thanks to digital platforms, your customers live in a world of heightened expectations and abundant options; they...

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  • For CMO Professionals

    Report:How To Ride The Rise And Fall Of Digital Devices

    The eReader Case Study Illustrates How The Next Wave Of Gadgets Will Play Out

    Our digital era has witnessed the ascent and decline of a stunning number of new devices: The PDA, the digital camera, and the dedicated MP3 player have all risen to prominence only to collapse into...

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  • For CMO Professionals

    Report:What Netflix Should Do Next

    And Why All Product Strategists Should Care

    Netflix has made good on a decade-long promise to become the preeminent digital video distribution company in the US. While some have been surprised by what seems like a sudden rush of success, we...

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    Report:Brief: Google's Nest Buys Dropcam To Disrupt Digital Lifestyle

    CMOs' Strategies Must Tackle Environmental Scanning

    As June 2014 drew to a close, the tech press assembled in San Francisco to cover announcements from the annual Google I/O developer's conference. But the media mostly missed a significant...

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  • For CMO Professionals

    Report:The Fight To Control The TV Becomes A Platform War

    The fight to control the TV is a battle for the more than 114 million TV households that, until now, have been under the quiet control of cable and satellite providers and the broadcast and cable...

    • Downloads: 995
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    Report:Brief: Amazon Prime Music Reveals A Warning To Other Product Categories

    Music Is Now A Feature, Not A Product

    In June 2014, Amazon.com announced the arrival of its Prime Music service. Just like with the company's Prime Instant Video service, the music service is free to Prime members who have already chosen...

    • Downloads: 36
  • For CMO Professionals

    Report:Innovating The Adjacent Possible

    How To Generate The Next Big Product Idea That Will Transform Your Industry

    Most product strategists proceed in an entirely reasonable fashion: They set proximate goals and move toward them in a linear mode, tweaking a product or service to fulfill the well-understood goals...

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