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 Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Back Up Your Critical Cloud Data Before It's Too Late

    Cloud-To-Cloud Backup Emerges As A Practical Option For Cloud Data Protection

    For years, it has been standard practice to back up your critical data. You store several copies locally for operational recovery and send copies off-site (electronically or physically) for disaster...

    • Downloads: 169
  • 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 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...

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  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Software-As-A-Service Adoption In Europe

    Forrsights For Business Technology

    This document provides an analysis of key drivers and trends for software-as-a-service (SaaS) across Western Europe. By extracting and analyzing an extensive data set of three recent Forrester...

    • Downloads: 722
  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    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...

    • Downloads: 534
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Continued Gloom For European ICT Markets

    Tech Recession Extends Through 2013, At Least

    Will it ever end? When will the European economic recession end, and when will European tech buying start to pick up? These are questions that CIOs across Europe and tech vendors selling to them into...

    • Downloads: 374
  • For Sourcing & Vendor Management Professionals

    Report:The Forrester Wave™: Global BYOD Management Services, Q2 2014

    Analysis Of 13 Top Integrators And Specialists Representing The Emerging BYOD Ecosystem And How They Stack Up

    Enterprise mobility is a top item on every organization's business and IT agenda — a reflection of the "mobile mind shift" that has already made its mark on 21st century business. Mobile...

    • Downloads: 218
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Q&A: The Top Questions And Answers On Enterprise Storage In H1 2013

    Your Peers Seek Answers On Storage Efficiency, Modernization, Consumerization, Performance, And Vendor Selection

    In the first half of 2013, Forrester advised over 100 enterprise IT professionals on their most important storage decisions. After analyzing these engagements, we found that the five categories of...

    • Downloads: 332
  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    Report:Rethinking DLP: Introducing The Forrester DLP Maturity Grid

    Assessment Framework: The Data Security And Privacy Playbook

    Data loss prevention or protection (DLP) — depending upon your usage — is both one of the hottest topics and most difficult challenges among information security professionals today. In...

    • Downloads: 1301
  • For Sourcing & Vendor Management Professionals

    Report:Market Overview: Mobility Services

    Fast-Growing Market Gives Buyers Lots Of Choices But Also Tradeoffs

    The emerging mobility services market creates choices for buyers. Leading organizations are scrambling to create mobile experiences for employees, partners, and customers — both applications...

    • Downloads: 1961
  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    Report:Five Security Priorities That Asia Pacific Firms Must Address In The Age Of The Customer

    Security and risk (S&R) leaders around the world face difficult challenges in 2014, but unique business and technology trends in Asia Pacific (AP) make some of these challenges more pronounced. For...

    • Downloads: 79
  • 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 Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:People Are Bringing Macs To Work — It's Time To Repeal Prohibition

    An Empowered, Laissez -Faire Approach Will Forestall Insurrection

    Mac users are drinking furniture polish in back hallways, getting their fix from fellow bootleggers who have blazed the trails around IT's prohibition. End user computing professionals steeped in two...

    • Downloads: 756
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:New Dynamics Shape IT Services Spending

    Changes Will Accelerate Over The Next 24 Months

    The IT services industry is in the middle of a fundamental transformation of who it sells to, what services it sells, and how it delivers those services. Upstart vendors specializing in new...

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  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Server And Data Center Predictions For 2012

    Continuation Of Old Trends And A Few Disruptions

    This report outlines Forrester's solution for infrastructure and operations executives working on data center infrastructure. This report is designed to help you build a road map for 2012. Looking at...

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  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Adoption Profile: Private Cloud In North America, Q3 2013

    North American IT infrastructure and operations (I&O) executives and their teams often ask Forrester for private cloud adoption data to inform their cloud strategy and compare their progress with...

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  • For Sourcing & Vendor Management Professionals

    Report:Three Trends That Will Influence Your 2014 Outsourcing Plans

    Outsourcers Are Aiming To Be Partners Rather Than Suppliers, And SVM Professionals Need To Adjust

    As enterprises enter the second half of this decade, we will witness a shift in the role external vendors will play in helping clients meet their business objectives. Technology initiatives focused...

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  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:How To Successfully Set Up IT Infrastructure For Your Business In China

    For the thousands of foreign companies that establish business operations in China every year, one of the first things on their to-do lists is setting up IT infrastructure, including horizontal and...

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  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:European IT Outsourcing — A Review Of A Market In Transition

    The European outsourcing market has continued to see a high level of activity over the past 24 months, with Forrester tracking 340 deals in 2010 and 220 deals in the first half of 2011. However, as...

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  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Determine Your Workforce Computing Hardware Budgets For 2012

    Balance Security And Efficiency With Responsible Empowerment

    IT infrastructure and operations (I&O) leaders spend nearly 25% of their IT hardware budget on workforce computing hardware. However, Forrester finds that these priorities and budgets favor...

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  • For Sourcing & Vendor Management Professionals

    Report:The Renegade Technology Buyer In Asia

    Technology is now too important for the business not to be involved. Business decision-makers in Asia also mention that frustration with their IT department pushes them to spend directly on IT...

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  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Navigate The Future Of Customer Service In 2014

    Vision: The Contact Centers For Customer Service Playbook

    In the age of the customer, executives don't decide how customer-centric their companies are — customers do. Changes such as the explosion of digital communications, mobility, and the...

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  • For Customer Experience Professionals

    Report:How Collaboration Improves Customer Experience

    Collaboration Tools Are Your Customer Experience Ecosystem's Nervous System

    Fifty-seven percent of today's information workers — those who use a computer at least 1 hour per day — regularly communicate with colleagues inside their organization, business partners,...

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  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Benchmarking Australia And New Zealand Technology Budgets And Priorities In 2014

    CIOs Begin Supporting The Shift To The Age Of The Customer

    Setting, adjusting, and managing technology budgets is a challenge even in good years — and few CIOs would argue that there are many good years anymore! Even in growth times, CIOs face pressure...

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  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Three Forcing Functions That Will Extend Your Data Center's Network Services Beyond Its Walls

    Combining Network LAN, WAN, And Layer 4 To Layer 7 Services Into A Horizontally And Vertically Integrated Business Platform

    Five years after introducing network fabrics, the networking industry has hit the reset button. Vendors haven't come any closer to helping customers build networks that can instantly mesh users,...

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