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
  • Information Management
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Market Overview: Enterprise Endpoint Backup And Recovery Solutions

    Protect And Enable The Anytime, Anywhere Worker With Client Data Protection

    The information workers of today look very different from those just a few years ago. Today, they work in more places on more devices and expect services to be available 24x7. They create data on...

    • Downloads: 84
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Enable Workplaces Of The Future, Now!

    Flexible Work And Cowork Redefine Workplace Diversity

    If you haven't heard the latest office gossip, you might want to figure out why. As workers increasingly work from home, a coffee shop, a public library, the train, or one of the new coworking...

    • Downloads: 776
  • For Sales Enablement Professionals

    Report:Demand Insights: The SMB Software Market 2011

    SMBs Exhibit A Broad Adoption Profile, But Growth Is Being Stunted By The Credit Crunch

    For most software categories, tech marketers once considered the small to medium-size business (SMB) market to be "software non grata." Their assumption was that most SMBs supported their operations...

    • Downloads: 858
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Framing The Business And IT Impact Of Mobile And Remote Work

    Business Leaders Must Focus On People, Technologies, And Facilities Management

    With two-thirds of the North American and European workforce reporting that they work outside a corporate office at least occasionally during a month, it's imperative that business leaders initiate...

    • Downloads: 695
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Understanding The Australian And New Zealand Mobile Information Worker, Part 3

    ANZ Businesses Take A Conservative Approach To BYOD

    Bring-your-own-device (BYOD) is no longer the hot topic it once was — and that's because it has already happened. Even at businesses that resisted the change or took no action, smartphones,...

    • Downloads: 41
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Find The Sweet Spot For Your Bring-Your-Own-Device Program

    Continuous Improvement: The Workforce Enablement Playbook

    Infrastructure and operations (I&O) leaders have the opportunity to offload costs and responsibility while increasing productivity by launching formal bring-your-own-device (BYOD) programs that meet...

    • Downloads: 247
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Benchmark Your BI Environment

    Benchmarks: The Business Intelligence Playbook

    Organizations increasingly realize the necessity of quantitatively measuring the performance of their enterprise software and applications. But quantitative measurements of the performance of...

    • Downloads: 402
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Q&A: How To Energize Your Enterprise BI Platform With Integrated Predictive R Models

    The business intelligence (BI) market is slowly but surely broadening and extending its reach into new areas beyond basic reporting, analytics, and dashboards. Data exploration, text, geospatial, and...

    • Downloads: 145
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:How Voice-Controlled Intelligent Agents Can Redefine Computing

    Digital Companions Will Become Intermediaries — And Colleagues

    Workers are only beginning to dip their toes into voice-controlled computing: According to Telecom And Mobility Workforce Survey, Q2 2013, just over a third of workers with smartphones say they...

    • Downloads: 114
  • For Sourcing & Vendor Management Professionals

    Report:Evaluating BI Services In Asia Pacific

    Local Delivery Capabilities Are Crucial For Project Success

    Organizations in Asia Pacific (AP) are increasing their investments in business intelligence (BI) tools, technologies, and strategies. However, lack of internal expertise remains a significant...

    • Downloads: 139
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Top 10 Storage Predictions For I&O Professionals

    Storage teams faced another busy year as their businesses produced larger volumes of data than ever before and sought better storage performance to feed applications that support business growth. Of...

    • Downloads: 1011
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Office Productivity Alternatives Perceptions and Interest

    These data charts look at Microsoft and the productivity market.

    • Downloads: 16
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Predictions 2014: Mobility And Computing Technologies In The Age Of The Customer

    Six Meta-Trends That Will Influence How You Ensure That Employees Have Access To The Right Technology In 2014 And Beyond

    In 2013, infrastructure and operations (I&O) professionals saw increased mobility and diversity in the technology that employees could use for their jobs get thrust into the forefront. In 2014, I&O...

    • Downloads: 688
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Workforce Personas And The Mobile App Gap

    Productivity Apps, Process Apps, Or Both? Personas Help You Decide

    The mobile mind shift that people are experiencing at home — to expect everything on a mobile device — drives their mobile expectations at work as well. IT is slow to respond with mobile...

    • Downloads: 421
  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    Report:Tech Spotlight: Enterprise File Sharing

    The State Of Enterprise File Sharing In 2013 And What It Means For S&R Pros

    Much of the information used in the course of doing business today exists in a digital format, and there comes a point when it's necessary to share this data with other employees or key business...

    • Downloads: 245
  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    Report:Snapshot: Enterprises Reveal Compelling Adoption Of Message Archiving Software-As-A-Service

    Cloud-Based Approaches Are Appealing But Require A Focus On Retention Management

    Driven by compliance requirements, eDiscovery needs, and IT objectives, organizations are rapidly adopting cloud-based approaches to message archiving. While those using message archiving delivered...

    • Downloads: 214
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Manage Master Data About Your People

    Organizations Face Challenges With The Proliferation Of Employee Data

    Although the notion of a global system of record for employee information is widely accepted, many organizations are unable to achieve this goal. The majority of organizations maintain complex and...

    • Downloads: 614
  • 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 Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Embrace Future Trends To Deliver HRM Business Impact

    Vision: The Human Resource Management Playbook

    This report outlines the future outlook for application development and delivery (AD&D) professionals working with human resources executives on their applications and business process innovation...

    • Downloads: 868
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:2013 Mobile Workforce Adoption Trends

    More BYOD, More Devices, More Mobility, More Apple

    Have we hit peak bring-your-own-device (BYOD)? Which apps are most important on smartphones? How many employees are interested in Windows tablets? Do employees use mobile devices for work more at...

    • Downloads: 1310
  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    Report:Grappling With Global Information Risk Management

    Enterprises face major challenges in effectively managing information risk on a global basis. Navigating application shortcomings, addressing widely varying jurisdictional privacy and regulatory...

    • Downloads: 414
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Build A Corporate App Store Into Your Workforce Computing Strategy

    I&O Should Manage Mobile Complexity Through A Corporate App Store

    Today, employees are using personally owned smartphones and tablets at work, and firms are leveraging an array of mobile applications to interact with employees, customers, partners, and suppliers....

    • Downloads: 419
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Big Data Adoption Trends In Asia Pacific: 2013 To 2014

    The maturity and sophistication of existing data warehousing (DW) implementations across the Asia Pacific (AP) region has been variable, to say the least. If the hype around big data is to be...

    • Downloads: 737
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Industry Contexts And Constraints Diversify Approaches To Bring-Your-Own-Technology

    Pharmaceuticals, High-Tech, Professional Services, And Education Will Lead BYOT Adoption In The Coming Years

    This report examines how and why bring-your-own-technology (BYOT) varies across 20 industries. BYOT will remain a thorny issue for CIOs in every industry, geographic region, and company size over the...

    • Downloads: 379
  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    Report:Industry Spotlight: US Healthcare Security Budgets, Priorities, And Challenges

    Healthcare Providers Must Move Beyond Compliance To Improve Security

    Historically, IT security teams within US healthcare providers have had much smaller budgets than counterparts in other industries. As a result, they have struggled to implement advanced security...

    • Downloads: 295