Ted Schadler

Vice President, Principal Analyst serving Application Development & Delivery PROFESSIONALS

Ted serves Application Development & Delivery Professionals. He has 27 years of experience in the technology industry, focusing on the effects of disruptive technologies on people and on businesses. His current research agenda analyzes the expanding role of content and content delivery in a mobile-first, digital-always world, including the effects on web content management and digital experience delivery platforms.

Ted is the coauthor of The Mobile Mind Shift: Engineer Your Business to Win in the Mobile Moment (Groundswell Press, June 2014). Your customers now turn to their smartphones for everything. What's tomorrow's weather? Is the flight on time? Where's the nearest store, and is this product cheaper there? Whatever the question, the answer is on the phone. This Pavlovian response is the mobile mind shift — the expectation that I can get what I want, anytime, in my immediate context. Your new battleground for customers is this mobile moment — the instant in which your customer is seeking an answer. If you're there for them, they'll love you; if you're not, you'll lose their business. Both entrepreneurial companies like Dropbox and huge corporations like Nestlé are winning in that mobile moment. Are you?

Ted is also the coauthor 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, companies must empower their employees to directly engage with customers using these same technologies.

Previous Work Experience

Previously, Ted analyzed the consumerization of IT and its impact on a mobile-first workforce, the future of file services in a mobile-first, cloud-enabled world, mobile collaboration tools, workforce technology adoption and use, and the rise of cognitive computing. 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.

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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  • Marketing Ethics
  • For Customer Insights Professionals

    Report:Personal Identity Management Success Starts With Customer Understanding

    With the increase in high-profile data breaches and the recent Federal Trade Commission (FTC) settlements that hold Facebook, Google, and Twitter accountable to strict privacy audit guidelines,...

    • Downloads: 399
  • For Marketing Leadership Professionals

    Report:Publishers Must Invest In First-Party Data Protection

    Safeguard Your Single Most Important Asset

    First-party data is a publisher's single most important asset. It represents the trust that a publisher builds with a loyal audience. It embodies the very essence of a publisher's brand, and it is...

    • Downloads: 128
  • For Customer Insights Professionals

    Report:The New Privacy: It's All About Context

    Adopt Contextual Privacy To Gain A Market Advantage

    "Privacy is dead": It's a trope so often repeated you might actually think it's true. But in the age of smartphones and sensors, privacy is not only possible, it's essential for building trust, the...

    • Downloads: 421
  • For Customer Insights Professionals

    Report:Safeguard Your Social Intelligence Strategy

    Managing Privacy, Risk, And Compliance Challenges When Listening To And Leveraging Social Data

    The more granular you get when collecting and analyzing social data, the more value you can extract with meaningful customer segmentation, affinity mapping, and other valuable customer insights. The...

    • Downloads: 72
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:European Online Retail: Five Trends To Watch In 2012

    European eBusiness Executives Strive To Give Their Customers Choice And Flexibility Across The Purchase Journey

    European shoppers are becoming increasingly web-savvy and are turning to a wider range of touchpoints as they research and buy products online and offline. In response, eBusiness executives across...

    • Downloads: 861
  • For Customer Insights Professionals

    Report:How Personal Identity Management Will Change Social Marketing Relationships

    Marketers Must Exchange Value For Customers' Social Data

    Through social interactions on channels such as Facebook, Twitter, and blogs, consumers are creating a massive amount of data. Customer Intelligence (CI) professionals want this data and are now...

    • Downloads: 411
  • For Marketing Leadership Professionals

    Report:2012 Interactive Marketing Predictions

    Marketing Gets Customized For Social, Local, Mobile, Multiscreen Consumers

    Social is not a channel, and mobile goes beyond the smartphone. In 2012, marketers will get this concept and realize that their customer is truly "always on." The customer of 2012 expects customized,...

    • Downloads: 1746
  • For Marketing Leadership Professionals

    Report:Best Practices For Display Marketing

    Processes: The Digital Media Buying Playbook

    As more and more interactive marketers buy digital media programmatically, the technologies and processes they use are rapidly maturing. Whether you're a digital media buying skeptic working to build...

    • Downloads: 528
  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    Report:Work With Marketing Pros To Prevent Breaches

    How To Protect Your Email Data

    In facing security woes such as the Epsilon breach, email marketing professionals have received a wake-up call: Security failures can cost a lot — not just a lot of money but also goodwill with...

    • Downloads: 179
  • For Marketing Leadership Professionals

    Report:How Interactive Marketers Should Ask Users For Data

    Best Practices To Make The Most Of Explicit Data Collection

    Data provided directly by customers and prospects is an essential driver of interactive marketing success. But in today's rapid-fire digital landscape, inconsistent standards, technical complexity,...

    • Downloads: 590
  • For Customer Insights Professionals

    Report:Making Sense Of A Fractured Consumer Data Ecosystem

    Landscape: The Personal Identity And Data Management Playbook

    Although widespread adoption of personal identity and data management (PIDM) remains a few years away, the ecosystem of data lockers and authorization managers is already rapidly evolving. Firms...

    • Downloads: 386
  • For Customer Insights Professionals

    Report:Personal Identity Management

    Preparing For A World Of Consumer-Managed Data

    Consumers are leaving an exponentially growing digital footprint across channels and media, and they are awakening to the fact that marketers use this data for financial gain. This, combined with...

    • Downloads: 822
  • For CMO Professionals

    Report:Start To Build Your Ultimate Customer Relationship

    Digital Platforms Pave The Way For Others To Build Powerful Lifestyle-Enhancing Relationships

    Thanks to digital disruption, consumers have fully embraced a world where they use digital enablers to connect with companies more deeply than ever before. Digital platform providers like Amazon.com,...

    • Downloads: 393
  • For Marketing Leadership Professionals

    Report:How To Defuse Digital Marketing Privacy Concerns

    Stay Ahead Of Privacy Legislation By Creating A Value-For-Data Exchange

    Recent advances in audience targeting point to a digital marketing future that leverages consumer data to create personalized messaging and drive higher conversions. However, this potential is...

    • Downloads: 493
  • For Marketing Leadership Professionals

    Report:Privacy Laws Force Rich Dialogue With Customers

    Move From On/Off Compliance Approaches To Custom Privacy Management

    Governments are placing pressure on interactive marketers, in most cases by mandating clear rules around how customer data is obtained, used, and stored for marketing. While interactive marketers...

    • Downloads: 380
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Why The EU ePrivacy Law Will Not Kill eCommerce

    Privacy Laws Force Rich Dialogue With Customers

    In May 2011, the EU ePrivacy Directive came into effect across Europe. This directive has met with a mixed response at a national level, with some countries jumping to hit the deadline, some stalling...

    • Downloads: 221
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:CIO: The Future Of Mobile Is Context

    Building A Foundation To Enable Next-Generation Mobile Services

    CIOs that Forrester interviewed understand the potential of context and are building the foundational infrastructure needed to support the use of context across consumer touchpoints — not just...

    • Downloads: 837
  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    Report:Apply Identity And Access Management Techniques To Consumer Data

    Personal Identity Management

    Customer intelligence (CI) professionals face increasing pressure to give consumers greater control over the data that organizations collect about them. Forrester has published a report predicting...

    • Downloads: 356