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Ted Schadler

Vice President, Principal Analyst Serving Application Development & Delivery Professionals

Ted Schadler serves digital business professionals. He has 33 years of experience in the technology industry, analyzing the effects of disruptive technologies on experiences and on business strategy and architecture. His research agenda focuses on digital transformation, experience-led transformation, commerce and digital experience service providers, and the future of services.

Ted is the coauthor of The Mobile Mind Shift: Engineer Your Business to Win in the Mobile Moment (Groundswell Press, June 2014). Companies have a choice: to be present in a customer's hand — or lose the mobile moment to a competitor or other distraction. This book gives companies the guidance and tools to serve customers in their immediate context and moments of need: Continuously identify mobile moments, design mobile engagement, engineer solutions, and analyze to optimize outcomes. Now that it’s clear that most customers won’t download your app, it’s just as true for the mobile web — even more so for most brands.

Ted is also the coauthor of Empowered: Unleash Your Employees, Energize Your Customers, and Transform Your Business (Harvard Business Review Press, September 2010). In this groundbreaking and still-current work, Ted analyzes how important it is in the age of the customer for companies to empower employees with the tools and confidence to directly engage customers.

Previous Work Experience

Ted’s work at Forrester spans 20 years, starting with the early days of the internet, open source, and web services. In 1999, Ted launched Forrester’s TechRankings™ product, now the Forrester Wave™. In 2003, Ted became a Forrester Bill Bluestein award winner; the award is granted annually to one of Forrester’s most influential analysts. In 2005, Ted analyzed the impact of technology on customers’ online and mobile behavior. He ran Forrester’s data business during this period. In 2009, Ted launched Forrester's Workforce Technology Assessment, the industry's first benchmark survey of workforce technology adoption. Since 2014, Ted has focused on digital business and digital experience delivery.

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, after dropping out of MIT’s PhD physics program, Ted was a singer and bass player for Crash Davenport, a 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 MS in computer science from the University of Maryland and a BA with honors in physics from Swarthmore College.

Ted Schadler

Vice President, Principal Analyst Serving Application Development & Delivery Professionals

Ted Schadler serves digital business professionals. He has 33 years of experience in the technology industry, analyzing the effects of disruptive technologies on experiences and on business strategy and architecture. His research agenda focuses on digital transformation, experience-led transformation, commerce and digital experience service providers, and the future of services.

Ted is the coauthor of The Mobile Mind Shift: Engineer Your Business to Win in the Mobile Moment (Groundswell Press, June 2014). Companies have a choice: to be present in a customer's hand — or lose the mobile moment to a competitor or other distraction. This book gives companies the guidance and tools to serve customers in their immediate context and moments of need: Continuously identify mobile moments, design mobile engagement, engineer solutions, and analyze to optimize outcomes. Now that it’s clear that most customers won’t download your app, it’s just as true for the mobile web — even more so for most brands.

Ted is also the coauthor of Empowered: Unleash Your Employees, Energize Your Customers, and Transform Your Business (Harvard Business Review Press, September 2010). In this groundbreaking and still-current work, Ted analyzes how important it is in the age of the customer for companies to empower employees with the tools and confidence to directly engage customers.

Previous Work Experience

Ted’s work at Forrester spans 20 years, starting with the early days of the internet, open source, and web services. In 1999, Ted launched Forrester’s TechRankings™ product, now the Forrester Wave™. In 2003, Ted became a Forrester Bill Bluestein award winner; the award is granted annually to one of Forrester’s most influential analysts. In 2005, Ted analyzed the impact of technology on customers’ online and mobile behavior. He ran Forrester’s data business during this period. In 2009, Ted launched Forrester's Workforce Technology Assessment, the industry's first benchmark survey of workforce technology adoption. Since 2014, Ted has focused on digital business and digital experience delivery.

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, after dropping out of MIT’s PhD physics program, Ted was a singer and bass player for Crash Davenport, a 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 MS in computer science from the University of Maryland and a BA with honors in physics from Swarthmore College.

Ted Schadler's Research

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  • For CIO Professionals

    REPORT: For Service Providers, The Pivot To Co-Innovation Partnership Hinges On A Better Business Model

    It's Time For Service Providers To Invest Differently, Monetize Differently, And Operate Differently To Fulfill Their Partnership Potential

    November 9, 2020Ted Schadler

    Today's transformations are vast and continuous and carry the uncertainty of the unknown. Old service provider models are ill-suited to the task. CIOs and digital leaders need a better partner that brings more to the table. Providers are trying with assets and outcomes-based pricing, but it's not clear they can explain what they're doing. We see it as a new service paradigm that we call co-innovation partnership. In this more value-aligned approach, providers are overhauling their business models to create, drive, and participate in the value creation that stems from platforms and ecosystems.

  • For CIO Professionals

    REPORT: The Future Of Services Is Value Orchestration

    To Accelerate Transformation, Companies Need A New Kind Of Service Provider That Brings Assets, Architectures, And Alignment

    November 9, 2020Ted Schadler

    The old plan-build-run models of services with time-and-materials pricing are poorly aligned with the needs of a future-fit enterprise, where transformation is continuous and multidimensional and carries the uncertainty of the unknown. CIOs need a better model. There's a new service paradigm taking shape that puts value at the center of the relationship and uses outcomes-based commercial models to create alignment. We call it a co-innovation partnership. A co-innovation partnership works when each party takes on a new set of responsibilities with shared benefits.

  • For B2C Marketing Professionals

    REPORT: The Case Study Bonanza Of Adobe Implementations

    July 29, 2020 Xiaofeng Wang, Ted Schadler

    Adobe is one of the most important digital experience platforms, but it doesn’t work out of the box. Any marketing, commerce, or experience pro will want to find the best implementation partner; it can be the difference between success and disappointment. In “The Forrester Wave™: Adobe Implementation Services, Q2 2020,” we evaluated 12 global Adobe service providers; each brings different capabilities to the table. This workbook details how service providers help solve business challenges by implementing Adobe platforms in specific cases across different sectors

  • For CIO Professionals

    REPORT: The Pandemic Recession Demands A Digital Response

    To Adapt And Grow, Businesses Must Get Lean, Go All In On Ecosystems, And Embrace Agile At Scale

    June 25, 2020Ted Schadler

    Digital transformation was never optional. But most firms treated it that way, applying digital technology in dribs and drabs — until COVID-19 shuttered economies and forever altered the patterns of life and work and commerce. Until uncertainty and volatility became the new normal. Every company must respond by focusing on its core and smartly outsourcing and orchestrating the resources and innovation of cloud and service partners. With this transformation approach, CIOs can help their company scale its ability to adapt and grow into the post-pandemic era.

  • For B2C Marketing Professionals

    REPORT: The Forrester Wave™: Adobe Implementation Services, Q2 2020

    The 12 Providers That Matter Most And How They Stack Up

    June 25, 2020 Xiaofeng Wang, Ted Schadler

    In our 24-criterion evaluation of Adobe implementation service providers, we identified the 12 most significant ones — Accenture, Adobe, Cognizant, Deloitte, Dentsu, HCL Technologies, IBM, ICF Next, Infosys, Publicis Sapient, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), and WPP — and researched, analyzed, and scored them. This report shows how each provider measures up and helps B2C marketing professionals select the right one for their needs.

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