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
  • Energy & Utilities
  • For Sourcing & Vendor Management Professionals

    Report:Demystifying BYOD In Europe

    BYOD Creates Challenges — But There Are Paths To Compliant Productivity

    Much has been written and debated about the rising popularity of bring-your-own-device (BYOD) throughout the world. Whereas BYOD policies in North America have become more mature, the subject of BYOD...

    • Downloads: 249
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Open Source And Cloud-Based Integration Trends

    A Recent Forrester Survey Shows Divergent Plans

    Open source and cloud-based integration solutions are becoming more prevalent in many organizations. Still, many others are resisting these new alternatives, sometimes based on rational concerns but...

    • Downloads: 873
  • For Sales Enablement Professionals

    Report:Executives' Perceptions Of Differentiation Among Suppliers: Update For 2011

    Results, not products, differentiate vendors in the eyes of executives.Executives assign strategic supplier status to vendors that are willing and able to align in substantial, not superficial, ways....

    • Downloads: 13
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Trends In Aligning Capabilities, Skills, And Tools For BPM COE Programs

    These data charts present the results of Forrester's 2011 BPM Center Of Excellence Online Survey.

    • Downloads: 63
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Business Process Initiatives Focus On Customer Experience And Cost Reduction

    These data charts are based on the Q2 2011 Global Forrester/IQPC Business Process Maturity Online Survey.

    • Downloads: 59
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:The Canadian Tech Market 2012 To 2013

    Economic Worries Lead Canadian CIOs To Cut Back ICT Purchases

    Canada's CIOs and tech buyers are behaving as if Canada is heading for a recession — and it's not. Indeed, while the Canadian economy is growing at about the same 4% rate (at current prices) as...

    • Downloads: 346
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Process-Driven Transformation Will Depend On Stronger Business-IT Partnerships

    How IT Will Forge Lasting Relationships With Process Owners And Process Teams

    Business process transformation requires an unprecedented level of collaboration among business owners, process teams, and IT, three groups not accustomed to working together. IT usually limits...

    • Downloads: 645
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:M2M Connectivity Helps Telcos Offset Declining Traditional Services

    But They Are Poorly Positioned For The Larger Value-Added Service Opportunity

    Telcos face increasing pressure on traditional voice revenues and seek new revenues from services leveraging existing assets. Machine-to-machine (M2M) technologies, including radio frequency...

    • Downloads: 1409
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:SharePoint Adoption: Content And Collaboration Is Just The Start

    Driving A SharePoint-Based Information Workplace Will Challenge C&C Pros

    Microsoft SharePoint is poised for broader adoption as an Information Workplace platform. While most use it for content and collaboration (C&C) needs today, the platform's broad, integrated...

    • Downloads: 1482
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Mapping The Connected World

    Software Control Of The Physical World Will Change Your Business

    A technology revolution is brewing that uses sensors, networks, and analytics software to connect physical objects and infrastructure to computing systems, providing an unprecedented view into the...

    • Downloads: 931
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Prepare I&O For The "Internet Of Things"

    Five Key Dynamics That Will Help You Capture The Opportunity For Your Organization

    "Internet of Things" (IoT) solutions that machine-to-machine (M2M) technologies like RFID tags, GPS systems, and ZigBee sensors enable are gaining momentum as multiple forces align to drive adoption...

    • Downloads: 1061
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:At Last, A Tech Market Recovery In Europe

    Modest Growth Of 2.3% For 2014

    The European tech market has been down so long that sooner or later it was bound to turn up. Sooner is here. With most European economies emerging from recession, and Germany, Poland, and the UK...

    • Downloads: 112
  • 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 CIO Professionals

    Report:Year-End 2013 IT Budget Benchmarks

    How Forrester's Forrsights Data Can Help CIOs Prepare For 2014

    CIOs often request IT budget benchmarks. In this report, we have provided these benchmarks using data from our Forrsight's IT Budgets And Priorities Survey, Q4 2013. However, it's easy to misuse IT...

    • Downloads: 1091
  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    Report:Five Steps To Build An Effective Threat Intelligence Capability

    Against today's mutating threat landscape and sophisticated cybercriminals, security and risk (S&R) professionals are outgunned and outmatched. The traditional strategy of waiting for an alert and...

    • Downloads: 909
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:The IT-Driven Energy Revolution

    Translating Utilities' Business Transformation Into IT Opportunities

    The utilities industry is going through a massive business transformation based on the digitization and the convergence of energy and information networks. Smart computing technology enables...

    • Downloads: 901
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Focus On Customers And Business Architecture For Greater Business Process Maturity

    Results From The Forrester/IQPC Survey Of Business Process Pros

    Over the past decade, business process transformation and continuous improvement initiatives have gained strategic traction. Despite C-suite attention, most organizations still fall relatively low on...

    • Downloads: 846
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:The Canadian Tech Market 2013 To 2014

    Sluggish Canadian Tech Market Will Accelerate In 2014

    Canada's CIOs and tech buyers continue to be more conservative in their tech buying than those in the US, with business and government purchases of tech goods and services growing by 2.2% in 2013,...

    • Downloads: 271
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Budgets And Priorities: Global Benchmark 2012

    Strategic Planning Forrsights For CIOs

    CIOs are under more pressure to do more things, do them faster, and do them with less money than ever before. This has made the IT budget process increasingly stressful and often contentious, as...

    • Downloads: 677
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Virtualization In Greater China 2010 To 2011: End User Adoption Trends

    This report provides an overview of virtualization end user adoption trends in Greater China. It focuses not only on adoption trends but also on deployment patterns, demand drivers, adoption...

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  • 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: 380
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:European Information And Communications Technology Market 2012 To 2013

    Spending Growth Comes To A Halt As Europe Slides Into Recession

    Overview of the European ICT Market

    • Downloads: 987
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Getting The Most Out Of Open Data

    Well-Designed Programs, Partner Ecosystems, And Data Brokers Generate Innovation And Value

    Open data strategies — initially driven by goals of increased transparency and accountability in government spending and performance — are now shifting to supporting innovation and...

    • Downloads: 338