Ted Schadler

Vice President, Principal Analyst serving Application Development & Delivery PROFESSIONALS

Ted serves Application Development & Delivery Professionals. He has 27 years of experience in the technology industry, focusing on the effects of disruptive technologies on people and on businesses. His current research agenda analyzes the expanding role of content and content delivery in a mobile-first, digital-always world, including the effects on web content management and digital experience delivery platforms.

Ted is the coauthor of The Mobile Mind Shift: Engineer Your Business to Win in the Mobile Moment (Groundswell Press, June 2014). Your customers now turn to their smartphones for everything. What's tomorrow's weather? Is the flight on time? Where's the nearest store, and is this product cheaper there? Whatever the question, the answer is on the phone. This Pavlovian response is the mobile mind shift — the expectation that I can get what I want, anytime, in my immediate context. Your new battleground for customers is this mobile moment — the instant in which your customer is seeking an answer. If you're there for them, they'll love you; if you're not, you'll lose their business. Both entrepreneurial companies like Dropbox and huge corporations like Nestlé are winning in that mobile moment. Are you?

Ted is also the coauthor 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, companies must empower their employees to directly engage with customers using these same technologies.

Previous Work Experience

Previously, Ted analyzed the consumerization of IT and its impact on a mobile-first workforce, the future of file services in a mobile-first, cloud-enabled world, mobile collaboration tools, workforce technology adoption and use, and the rise of cognitive computing. 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.

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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  • Ted Schadler
  • Past 18 months
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Mobile Needs A Four-Tier Engagement Platform

    Road Map: The Mobile App Development Playbook

    Mobile is pushing aging web architectures to the brink. The three-tier architecture built for a browser-led PC world can't flex, scale, or respond to the needs of a good mobile experience or the...

    • Downloads: 1741
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:The Forrester Wave™: Web Content Management Systems, Q1 2015

    Adobe And Sitecore Lead A Strong Field Of Vendors

    Web content management (WCM) software has become the technology and content delivery backbone of digital experiences. Firms that want to upgrade for mobile devices, consolidate potentially thousands...

    • Downloads: 1495
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Vendor Landscape: Web Content Management Systems, 2016

    Master The Intricacies And Vendors Of This Vital Software That Delivers The Content Soul Of Your Digital Experiences

    Content is the soul of digital experiences. But the web content management system (CMS) market has many vendors of all sizes and shapes that compete for your digital business. So what vendors should...

    • Downloads: 1241
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Digital Insights Are The New Currency Of Business

    Build Systems Of Insight To Consistently Turn Big Data Into Business Action

    Businesses are drowning in data but starving for insights. Worse, they have no systematic way to consistently turn data into action. This can't continue. Demanding customers and competitive pressures...

    • Downloads: 1254
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Wanted: Digital Engagement Providers

    Building and delivering great mobile experiences will be the beating heart of your customer engagement strategy for the next 10 years. The challenge of making a simple, intuitive app that fronts a...

    • Downloads: 1134
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:The Forrester Wave™: Digital Experience Platforms, Q4 2015

    The 10 Providers That Matter Most And How They Stack Up

    In Forrester's 40-criteria evaluation of digital experience platform vendors, we identified the 10 most significant software providers — Acquia, Adobe, Demandware, EPiServer, IBM, Oracle, SAP...

    • Downloads: 915
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Create A Road Map To Guide Digital Experience Delivery

    To deliver great digital experiences, application development and delivery (AD&D) professionals must deploy the right technology for customers — and, of course, for your marketing and business...

    • Downloads: 881
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Your Digital Experience Technology Strategy Starts With A Customer Journey Map

    Strategic Plan: The Digital Experience Delivery Playbook

    As firms like Rewe Group and Schneider Electric have learned, digital experience strategy shapes the technology you need — an investment that can take five years and cost between $20 million and $200...

    • Downloads: 500
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Take Five Steps To Apply The Forrester Wave™: Web Content Management Systems

    Weight Your Priorities To Rank Vendors For Your Scenario

    We evaluated the 10 largest web content management (WCM) vendors against 29 criteria in "The Forrester Wave: Web Content Management Systems, Q1 2015." The rankings reflect the general requirements...

    • Downloads: 393
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:The Top Technologies For Your Business Technology Agenda, 2016

    The Top Business Technologies To Win, Serve, And Retain Customers Along Every Step Of Their Journeys

    Customer-obsessed firms are customer-led and insights-driven. They move fast rather than perfectly, and they are connected to serve increasingly powerful customers. CIOs wield a critical asset: the...

    • Downloads: 275
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Five Lessons From The Masters Of Web Content Management

    In 37 Customer Interviews, We Found Five Things Matter Most

    Web content management (WCM) systems are an anchor tenant in your digital experience delivery architecture. These systems deliver experiences "to the glass," thus serving as your first point of...

    • Downloads: 342
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Take Two Technology Roads To Digital Experience Success

    Road Map: The Digital Experience Delivery Playbook

    Once you have a strategy to prioritize digital interactions and have assessed the business impact of each investment, it's time to plan your technology road map. You must pursue two paths...

    • Downloads: 288
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Make The Cloud A Foundation Of Your Digital Experience Platform Strategy

    Push Vendors And Service Providers To Describe Benefits, Not Cloud Marketing-Speak

    The digital experience (DX) platform market has been slow to move to the cloud. Fortunately, major digital experience platform vendors like Adobe and SAP hybris are now embracing the cloud to deploy...

    • Downloads: 298
  • For Customer Insights Professionals

    Report:Master Your Customers' Mobile Pathways

    How High Is Your Direct Engagement? Are Your Customers More Likely To Stop Along The Way?

    Some 70 million Americans spend more time online on their smartphones than on any other device. It's been hard to know how your customers find their way to and from your mobile moments. Until now....

    • Downloads: 337
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Digital Insights Will Power Great Digital Experiences

    Build A System Of Insight To Deliver Personal Digital Experiences Using All The Data

    Companies must personalize digital experiences using all available insights — not just clickstream and thinly defined profiles. New technologies are coming online — including predictive...

    • Downloads: 307
  • For CMO Professionals

    Report:The Top Technologies For Your Business Technology Agenda, 2016

    The Top Business Technologies To Win, Serve, And Retain Customers Along Every Step Of Their Journeys

    Customer-obsessed firms are customer-led and insights-driven. They move fast rather than perfectly, and they are connected to serve increasingly powerful customers. CMOs must engage with CIOs to...

    • Downloads: 203
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:The Rise Of The Headless Content Management System

    Content Microservices And APIs Point Toward The Future Architecture Of Digital Experiences

    Compelled by the need to deliver content-rich digital interactions on mobile, Web, and everywhere, application development and delivery (AD&D) professionals supporting content management technologies...

    • Downloads: 293
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Brief: Adobe Tops The Technology Partner Podium

    Digital Experience Service Providers Turn Most Often To Adobe Ahead Of IBM, Google, Sitecore, and 58 Other Technology Products

    Forrester recently surveyed 46 service providers, ranging from giants like Deloitte Digital, Infosys, and SapientNitro to specialists like Siteworx, Rockfish, and Manifest Digital. We asked for their...

    • Downloads: 252
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:The Business Impact Of Digital Experience Technology Is Profitable Growth

    Business Case: Digital Experience Delivery Playbook

    Armed with the methods in this report, application development and delivery (AD&D) professionals can help their companies link digital experience strategy to the technology road map. First, assess...

    • Downloads: 271
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Should Your Web Content Management System Run In The Cloud?

    The Answer Should Be "Yes" More Often Than You'll Admit Today

    Web content management (WCM) systems are the cornerstone of digital experience platforms. But these tools have been slow to come to the cloud. Both vendors and end-user companies are to blame. WCM...

    • Downloads: 249
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Brief: Mobile-First Demands More Than Basic Responsive Web Design

    When Mobile Moments Are Different From Desktop Tasks, Avoid One-Size-Fits-All Responsive Web Design

    Treating mobile as just another digital channel is myopic. People do different things on their smartphones than on their desktops or tablets. To delight and serve customers in their mobile moments of...

    • Downloads: 243
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Developers Beware: Google's Mobile-Friendly Search Will Bury Your Mobile-Unfriendly Sites

    Don't Let This Good Crisis Go To Waste — Use It To Drive Your Mobile Mind Shift

    On April 21, 2015, Google will change its search results for smartphones. When Google's new ranking algorithm deems a site to be mobile-friendly, the site will show up higher in search results. With...

    • Downloads: 137
  • For CMO Professionals

    Report:What Comes After The Unicorn Carnage?

    Smart CMOs Will Exploit The Slowdown To Catch Up With And Serve Customers

    By the end of 2015, investors had given 152 tech startups "unicorn" valuations of more than $1 billion. But now, valuations are deflating for many private and public tech companies. Is this 2000 all...

    • Downloads: 124
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Quick Take: IBM Forecasts Insights-Driven . . . And Buys The Weather Company

    First, IBM morphed from "big iron" to software and services. Now, it's transforming again. Yesterday, IBM announced its intent to acquire everything except the TV business from The Weather Company....

    • Downloads: 103
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:What Comes After The Unicorn Carnage?

    By the end of 2015, investors had given 152 tech startups "unicorn" valuations of more than $1 billion. But now, valuations are deflating for many private and public tech companies. Is this 2000 all...

    • Downloads: 78