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
  • Tech Sector Economics
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Debunking Two Myths About Tech Budgets

    CIOs Will Still Control Most Tech Spending, Which Will Still Be Two-Thirds MOOSE

    The CIO's job is hard enough delivering reliable, secure, and user-friendly technologies while meeting and anticipating business needs for new technologies to support strategic initiatives. But that...

    • Downloads: 281
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Shared Services: If WyCAN, So Can You!

    Thought Leadership And Teamwork Enable Cost-Savings And Better Service For Consortium Members

    Public sector organizations don't have the privilege of dialing back on scope in challenging economic times. In fact, when the going gets tough, government organizations often have to kick into high...

    • Downloads: 101
  • 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 Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Building The Case For Your BPM Initiative

    Business Case: The Business Process Management Playbook

    Success in the age of the customer almost mandates that every company have a business process management (BPM) program and platform. Developing the business case for enterprisewide BPM differs from a...

    • Downloads: 266
  • 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 Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Unified Communications Purchase Plans 2012

    The UC Market Matures And Consolidates

    Unified communications (UC) remains a priority for infrastructure and operations (I&O) professionals. In Forrester's Forrsights Networks And Telecommunications Survey, Q1 2011, we asked 547 North...

    • Downloads: 974
  • 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 Security & Risk Professionals

    Report:Endpoint Security Adoption Trends, Q2 2011 To Q4 2012

    How Your Peers Are Spending For Endpoint Security Through 2012

    Effective protection of user endpoints remains a challenge for enterprises and small and medium-size businesses (SMBs) alike. Trends such as workforce mobility and bring-your-own-device (BYOD)...

    • Downloads: 835
  • 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 Sourcing & Vendor Management Professionals

    Report:Accelerate Your Videoconferencing Strategy With Managed Services

    IT departments tasked with managing their firm's video estate face rising levels of complexity with the emergence of high-end telepresence solutions. Business stakeholders are demanding support for...

    • Downloads: 478
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:A Benchmark To Drive Mobile Test Quality

    Benchmarks: The Mobile App Development Playbook

    Mobile is changing the way enterprises create software, but trends and best practices for developers are emerging, helping to calm the chaos. The same cannot be said for mobile testing — the...

    • Downloads: 300
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Consumerization Drives Smartphone Proliferation

    Employees' Choices And Dollars Dictate The Rise Of Android And Apple Devices

    More than half of US information workers pay for their smartphones and monthly plans, and three-quarters pick the smartphone they want rather than accept IT's choice. What does consumerization's...

    • Downloads: 702
  • 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 Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Sizing The Cloud Markets In Asia Pacific

    Understanding Cloud Growth Dynamics Across The Region

    Exploiting cloud computing growth opportunities in Asia Pacific requires insights into future cloud market size, growth dynamics, adoption trends, and demand drivers, all of which vary widely across...

    • Downloads: 1448
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Mapping The Value Of Social Business And Collaboration

    Business Impact: The Social Business And Collaboration Playbook

    Like Ponce de Leon searching for the Fountain of Youth, businesses have long searched for the value of collaboration. Skeptics say that the quest, like de Leon's, is a fool's errand. Many argue that...

    • Downloads: 780
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Hosted Virtual Desktops Versus Physical PCs: Understanding The Operational Cost Differences

    When considering hosted virtual desktops (also known as virtual desktop infrastructure, or VDI) as an alternative or in addition to physical PCs, it's difficult to find reliable information about the...

    • Downloads: 849
  • 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 CIO Professionals

    Report:Master 10 Trends For Your Cloud Journey

    Early in 2011, Forrester made a series of predictions about the future of cloud computing for that year. With 2012 now upon us, it's time to evaluate last year's predictions and introduce new...

    • Downloads: 2695
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Office Productivity Alternatives Perceptions and Interest

    These data charts look at Microsoft and the productivity market.

    • Downloads: 16
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:2013 CIO Budget Priorities

    Some Growth, Some Alignment, But More Business Visibility Is Needed

    Budgets represent more than a spending schedule for CIOs. They also are an essential tool for creating collaboration with business leaders regarding tech-related business priorities, as well as a...

    • Downloads: 1608
  • 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...

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  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:10 Lessons Learned From Early Adopters Of Mobile Device Management Solutions

    Support For Tablets And Employee-Owned Devices Drives IT To Invest In Mobile Device Management Solutions

    Tablets and employee-owned devices are crippling infrastructure and operations (I&O) professionals' existing mobile strategies, tools, and people resources. I&O managers must now ensure the integrity...

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