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 Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Understand The Context Of eDiscovery Tools For Your Enterprise

    Part 1: Align Technology Decisions To Use Cases And Pain Points

    eDiscovery is a complex set of processes, challenging IT leaders to work with their legal and business peers to make decisions that have significant cost and risk implications. Finding, collecting,...

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  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Office Productivity Alternatives Perceptions and Interest

    These data charts look at Microsoft and the productivity market.

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  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:The Future Of BI In Asia Pacific

    The Top 10 Trends Affecting Market Maturity And Growth

    Business intelligence (BI) adoption drivers, technology understanding, and organizational process maturity continue to vary widely across Asia Pacific. The one constant in this market is the...

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    Report:Info Workers Will Erase The Boundary Between Enterprise And Consumer Technologies

    The Info Worker Population Will Grow From 555 Million To 865 Million By 2016, With Growth Markets Leading The Way

    Employees that use Internet-connected computing devices for work — info workers — will trample the boundary between work and personal spheres. In this report, we summarize how it came to...

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    Report:Navigating Diversity In Operating Systems And Browsers

    Heterogeneity Is Here — And Mobility Is Driving It Further

    Infrastructure and operations (I&O) professionals face a splintered landscape of operating systems (OSes) and browsers, which complicates investment decisions tied to what they deploy and support for...

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    Report:Smart Process Applications Fill A Big Business Gap

    They Will Grow Twice As Fast As The Enterprise Application Market

    Smart process apps are a new category of application software designed to support business activities that are people-intensive, highly variable, loosely structured, and subject to frequent change....

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    Report:The Transformation Of Data Governance

    Changing The Business Data Landscape Requires New Governance Thinking

    Today's data governance is mainly about accuracy, compliance, security, and privacy. In this context, organizations run through a well-established repertoire of governance activities with a heavy...

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    Report:The Forrester Wave™: North American Workplace Services, Q2 2013

    Evaluating Leading Providers Amidst A Category Redefinition

    Workplace services are rapidly evolving far beyond their origins in desktop and desk-side management toward a post-desktop future in which end users' consumer-derived expectations dominate the...

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  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Global Business And Consumer Tablet Forecast Update, 2013 To 2017

    Tablets Streak Beyond Mass Market Status To Become Must-Have Devices In Developed Nations

    Apple — the vendor that created the modern tablet market — has sold more than 140 million iPads since the device's launch in April 2010. Since then, the tablet market has grown into a...

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    Report:Prepare For Adaptive Mobile Networks

    Small-Cell Technologies Will Transform Both Carrier And Corporate Networks

    Mobile connections are increasingly vital to the productivity and efficiency of the businesses that CIOs support, and wireless networks are undergoing radical changes to deliver high-quality...

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    Report:Determine The Right Practices For Your Organization's BYOD Stipends

    SVM Worries About Impact On Revenue Commitments And Discount Eligibility For Corporate-Liable Users — Don't!

    This report answers three questions about enterprise mobile bring-your-own-device (BYOD) practices: 1) what the major trends are regarding BYOD adoption; 2) how firms are managing their BYOD programs...

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    Report:Data Governance Must Bridge Business Process, Policy, Architecture, And Value

    Business process and data management professionals recognize the business need for effective data governance and the value it can deliver. Yet data governance remains an immature and poorly...

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    Report:Sourcing Dynamics For The New Mobile Workplace

    Support The Second Wave Of Mobile Workplace Services By Understanding The Needs Of Three Key Stakeholder Groups

    The future mobile workplace will become divided into three stacks according to individual, business unit, and overall business infrastructure requirements. To be effective in this new environment,...

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    Report:Document Collaboration Vendor Landscape

    In 2009, Forrester produced The Forrester Wave™: Collaboration Platform to evaluate a maturing vendor landscape for document collaboration solutions. Since that report, the market has seen...

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    Report:An S&R Pro's Guide To Security To, In, And From The Cloud

    Embrace Cloud As Part Of The Shift To Business Technology

    As organizations rapidly adopt cloud-based infrastructure, platform, and application services, cloud security continues to be a major concern. Now, security and risk professionals need to provide a...

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    Report:Information Strategies Move Center Stage

    Vision: The Information Strategy And Architecture Playbook

    A veritable flood of information coming from widespread digitization has created new opportunities and risks that business executives can't ignore. Forrester is seeing a dramatic uptick in the...

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  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Unleash Innovation With Good Governance

    Governance: The Innovation Playbook

    Does your organization struggle to innovate? As organizations work to acquire and maintain competitive differentiation in a global marketplace, they often look to innovation as a key strategic...

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    Report:Social Business Strategy: An IT Execution Plan

    Using Social Business Maturity To Chart A Course For CIOs

    Social technology is coming into every organization whether IT wants it or not. The adoption of social technologies to support business and customer needs has been fastest outside of IT — often...

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  • 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...

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    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...

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    Report:Optimize Your BI Strategy To Generate Maximum Business Value

    Strategic Plan: The Business Intelligence Playbook

    Making the right information available to the right person at the right time is more important than ever in today's fast-changing competitive environment. Business intelligence (BI) is necessary to...

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  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    Report:Understand The State Of Data Security And Privacy: 2013 To 2014

    Benchmarks: Data Security And Privacy Playbook

    Throughout the year, Forrester analysts engage in hundreds of discussions with vendors and end users about data security and privacy. Analysis of B2B survey data from Forrester's Forrsights Security...

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  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Habitat For Engagement: Unleash Workforce Potential With Agile Enablement

    Vision: The Workforce Enablement Playbook

    This report outlines the vision of Forrester's solution for infrastructure and operations (I&O) executives responsible for "end user computing" — the delivery and support of technology and...

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    Report:Hardware Trends 2013: Data-Intensive Firms Lead Adoption Of Next-Generation Computing

    We drew on our recent survey of 2,330 IT decision-makers regarding hardware adoption and priorities, learning among other things that the average enterprise in our sample is managing almost 50% more...

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    Report:Information Workers Are A New Buying Center For Enterprise Technology

    A Changing Workforce Demands New Solutions And Business Models

    Technology vendors today are faced with a new market dynamic: Individuals inside companies, primarily information workers (iWorkers), are choosing, procuring, and often paying for technology products...

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