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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  • Business Technographics
  • Application Development
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Six Responsive Website Project Pitfalls And The Best Practices For How To Avoid Them

    Many developers tell Forrester that they use responsive web design (RWD) as their web design philosophy, but the highest adoption rate by vertical is less than 20%. This suggests that many...

    • Downloads: 317
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:The State Of Application Rationalization

    Many enterprise architects (EAs) have been rationalizing application and technology portfolios for some time, and the experience shows. It is a stable, relatively successful initiative that engages...

    • Downloads: 492
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Survey Results: How Agile Is Your Organization?

    • Downloads: 51
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Increase Flexibility By Embracing Future Business And Technology Trends

    Vision: The Business Applications Playbook

    This report outlines Forrester's vision for the future of business applications. It summarizes the key business drivers and trends that are reshaping the value proposition of business applications....

    • Downloads: 1842
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Don't Just Maintain Business Applications, Raise Business Responsiveness

    Continuous Improvement: The Business Applications Playbook

    While big projects such as delivering new off-the-shelf or custom-built applications help your organization achieve excellent business outcomes, sustaining these outcomes requires that your...

    • Downloads: 455
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:The Age Of The Customer Changes Everything For AD&D Leaders

    Executive Overview: The Application Development Strategy, Structure, And Sourcing Playbook

    The cumulative impact of the age of the customer uber-trends — digital disruption, mobile mind shift, customer experience, and big data analytics — will transform the competitive...

    • Downloads: 285
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:API Design, Part 1: REST Is The Leading But Not Only Option For Your APIs

    Favor Pragmatic REST Over REST Theory; Use SOAP And MOM Where Appropriate

    To fully exploit the business opportunity available through application programming interfaces (APIs), your designers must consider each API's purpose and audience as they answer a wide range of...

    • Downloads: 522
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:The 10 Most Important Technology Trends In Business Application Architecture Today

    Understand These Trends To Shape Your Application Strategy

    This report enumerates the top 10 technology trends that are reshaping the nature and value proposition of business applications today and in the coming years. Application delivery leaders,...

    • Downloads: 1098
  • For Sourcing & Vendor Management Professionals

    Report:What Is Testing-As-A-Service Anyway?

    Testing-As-A-Service Doesn't Necessarily Mean The Cloud — At Least Not Yet

    Sourcing professionals are moving away from their historic emphasis on staff augmentation in testing engagements toward increasing focus on more predictable outcomes and consumption-based pricing....

    • Downloads: 791
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Predictions For 2014: Private Cloud Management And Infrastructure

    In 2013, over half of enterprises stated that in 2014, they will be prioritizing building a private cloud, when it was only introduced less than five years ago. Although enterprises have quickly...

    • Downloads: 713
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:The Future Of Microsoft .NET: New Options, New Choices, New Risks

    The Emerging Windows Platform Expands On The .NET Framework

    One Microsoft platform era is ending and another is beginning. The .NET era as we've known it is winding down. .NET doesn't go away — it becomes Microsoft's preferred server environment for a...

    • Downloads: 838
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Year-End 2013 IT Budget Benchmarks

    How Forrester's Forrsights Data Can Help CIOs Prepare For 2014

    CIOs often request IT budget benchmarks. In this report, we have provided these benchmarks using data from our Forrsight's IT Budgets And Priorities Survey, Q4 2013. However, it's easy to misuse IT...

    • Downloads: 1088
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Open Source And Cloud-Based Integration Trends

    A Recent Forrester Survey Shows Divergent Plans

    Open source and cloud-based integration solutions are becoming more prevalent in many organizations. Still, many others are resisting these new alternatives, sometimes based on rational concerns but...

    • Downloads: 873
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Ten Myths And Realities Of The Software Market In 2013

    Forrester's Forrsights Survey Helps Sort The Myths From The Reality

    CIOs face many difficult decisions every day. They make some decisions based on hard facts that they can validate, but they base many decisions on broad assumptions and a particular understanding of...

    • Downloads: 525
  • For Sourcing & Vendor Management Professionals

    Report:The Forrester Wave™: Enterprise Mobility Services, Q1 2013

    Analysis Of 13 Global Leaders' Capabilities And How They Stack Up

    Enterprise mobility is booming; organizations must connect with employees, customers, and partners in new ways and across new devices and applications. But many organizations don't know how to move...

    • Downloads: 1479
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:A SharePoint Custom-Development Strategy Is More Crucial Now Than Ever

    Adoption Of SharePoint 2010 — A Serious Application Platform — Is Strong

    The stage is set for a big upswing in custom application development on SharePoint. First, SharePoint Server 2010 adoption is very strong, and this version of the product has the strongest features...

    • Downloads: 853
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Brief: Services Supplant Mobile Middleware

    In 2014, Infrastructure Services Will Become The Enabler For Mobile Success

    Application development professionals have many choices when it comes to selecting mobile technologies. One of these, mobile middleware, is in a high state of flux. Market consolidation,...

    • Downloads: 187
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Solving The Quandary Of Responsive Design

    Seven Key Questions That Will Guide eBusiness Leaders To Make The Right RWD Decisions

    Web traffic on mobile phones and tablets is increasing to the point where firms must optimize for these touchpoints. Native mobile apps aren't always necessary because organizations can support a...

    • Downloads: 486
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Revamp Your Organization For Agile And Lean

    Skills And Staffing: The Agile And Lean Playbook

    This report outlines the skills and staffing part of Forrester's solution for application development and delivery (AD&D) executives working on Agile and Lean. It is designed to help AD&D execs act...

    • Downloads: 1182
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Justify Agile With Shorter, Faster Development

    Business Impact: The Agile And Lean Playbook

    This report outlines the business impact of Forrester's solution for application development and delivery (AD&D) executives looking to implement Agile and Lean. It is designed to help AD&D execs...

    • Downloads: 1402
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Forrsights: The Macro Trends Shaping The Tech Industry This Decade

    Emerging Opportunities And Imperatives For An IT Industry In Transformation

    Rather than quietly maturing into middle age as it enters its seventh decade, the information and communications technology (ICT) industry is continuing to evolve rapidly. The ICT landscape is roiled...

    • Downloads: 1164
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Best Practices: Maximize Your Chances Of Business Intelligence Success

    Processes: The Business Intelligence Playbook

    What can you do to make sure that your business intelligence (BI) initiative doesn't end up on the scrap heap of failed projects? Seeking answers to this question isn't unique to BI projects —...

    • Downloads: 597
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Navigate The Future Of CRM In 2013

    The only source of competitive advantage is the one that can survive technology-fueled disruption: an obsession with understanding, connecting with, serving, and delighting customers. But as...

    • Downloads: 2777
  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    Report:Charter A Mobility Council With Seven Tasks

    Stakeholder Needs: The Mobile Security Playbook

    Smartphones, tablets, and the rise of bring-your-own-device (BYOD) programs have put tremendous pressure on IT to revamp and rethink its mobile strategy: everything from procurement and development...

    • Downloads: 978
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:State Of Cloud Platform Standards: Q1 2014

    OpenStack Steps Forward To Become The New De Facto Model

    Enterprises look to cloud computing services to enable flexibility and scalability for agile applications, but many fear vendor lock-in, which would mitigate these benefits. Without standardization,...

    • Downloads: 435