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 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...

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  • 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: 615
  • 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.

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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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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: 743