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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    Report:Unified Communications And Collaboration Is Poised For Growth As Demand Rises

    Landscape: The Communications And Collaboration Infrastructure Playbook

    I&O professionals choosing unified communications and collaboration (UC&C) solutions today face a daunting array of solution types, capabilities, and business models. This report outlines a...

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    Report:The State Of Workforce Technology Adoption: US Benchmark 2011

    How US Information Workers Adopt And Use Technology

    This report is a graphical analysis of Forrester's Q2 2011 US Workforce Technology And Engagement Online Survey of 4,985 US information workers. Armed with this baseline data from every US industry,...

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    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...

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    Report:Helping Information Workers Find The Value In Collaboration Tools

    Forrester's Convenience Quotient Weighs The Benefits And Drawbacks Of Tools To Predict What Technologies Employees Will Use

    Content and collaboration (C&C) professionals are helping their businesses deploy a number of tools to keep information workers connected and productive. However, Forrester data consistently shows...

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    Report:Does Your IT Department Support The Needs Of The Mobile Workforce?

    An IT Support Report Card On Employee Mobile, Social, And Collaboration Tools

    In 2016, Forrester projects that 63 million US information workers will telecommute at least part-time. Our recent survey of 4,985 US information workers indicates we're well on our way to hitting...

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    Report:Market Overview: Hosted Collaboration Services Providers

    Alternatives To Google Apps And Microsoft Office 365 Emerge

    Sixty-five percent of IT leaders Forrester recently surveyed said they are interested in or already using software-as-a-service (SaaS) for some portion of their collaboration technology portfolio....

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    Report:2016: Google Apps And Office 365

    Content, Mobile Support, And Ecosystems Will Define Success

    Sixty-five percent of software decision-makers tell us they plan to use or already have begun using collaboration software-as-a-service (SaaS). Fueling a lot of this interest is the availability of...

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