Ted   Schadler

Ted Schadler

Vice President, Principal Analyst Serving Application Development & Delivery Professionals

Ted serves digital business professionals. He has 29 years of experience in the technology industry, analyzing the effects of disruptive technologies on people and on businesses. His research agenda focuses on digital transformation, digital innovation, digital experience platforms, and digital experience service providers. His current interests and collaborations include digital experience architectures, rebuilding the web for our mobile world, personalization, digital customer experience, and digital insights.

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 customers’ 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 won the Forrester Bill Bluestein award, which 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 Ph.D. physics program, Ted was a singer, songwriter, and bass player for Crash Davenport, a Baltimore-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.

Ted Schadler

Vice President, Principal Analyst Serving Application Development & Delivery Professionals

Ted serves digital business professionals. He has 29 years of experience in the technology industry, analyzing the effects of disruptive technologies on people and on businesses. His research agenda focuses on digital transformation, digital innovation, digital experience platforms, and digital experience service providers. His current interests and collaborations include digital experience architectures, rebuilding the web for our mobile world, personalization, digital customer experience, and digital insights.

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 customers’ 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 won the Forrester Bill Bluestein award, which 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 Ph.D. physics program, Ted was a singer, songwriter, and bass player for Crash Davenport, a Baltimore-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.

Ted Schadler's Research

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  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    REPORT: How To Build A Platform Business

    Start With A Real Customer Problem, Not APIs And Ecosystem Envy

    September 17, 2018Ted Schadler, Nigel Fenwick

    Platform businesses reshape industries by dramatically improving the economics of integration and service delivery. To earn a place in the platform economy, digital business leaders must commercialize services that customers and suppliers embed into their operations. We interviewed 33 platform businesses, including Dropbox, General Electric, PayPal, and SupplyOn, to find out how. The answer? Start with a real customer problem, not APIs or ecosystem envy. Your biggest opportunity is probably to platform-enable your capabilities to enter new markets.

  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    REPORT: Ten Ways To Get The Most Out Of Your Adobe Investment

    September 14, 2018 Mark Grannan, Ted Schadler

    Adobe's Experience Cloud (AEC) continues to grow in capabilities, complexity, and overall enterprise spend. As a result, many digital leaders find themselves asking, "Are we getting enough value for this premium set of products?" Often the answer is "no" because they're leaving significant portions of functionality on the table. Digital leaders should follow 10 steps for the broader AEC, while Adobe Experience Manager (AEM) Sites buyers and owners should use eight tactics.

  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

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

    Business Case: The Digital Experience Delivery Playbook

    August 17, 2018Ted Schadler

    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 how digital interactions benefit customers and deliver value to the firm using metrics of profitable growth like increased basket size, percentage of service delivered digitally, and mobile onboarding. Then, prioritize investments based on the total technology cost and time to deliver. Is it an extension or a new platform investment? This is an update of a previously published report; Forrester reviews and updates it periodically for continued relevance and accuracy.

  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

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

    Strategic Plan: The Digital Experience Delivery Playbook

    August 15, 2018Ted Schadler

    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 million. To help define the strategy, application development and delivery (AD&D) professionals should follow the lead of customer experience teams: 1) Start with a customer journey map; 2) apply cloud-hosted, mobile-first, and insights-driven thinking; and 3) implement a digital experience platform to serve customers along every step of their journey. This is an update of a previously published report; Forrester reviews and updates it periodically for continued relevance and accuracy.

  • For CMO Professionals

    REPORT: Agency Holding Companies Need A Brave New Business Model

    The CMO Growth Agenda Forces Agency Holding Companies To Rearchitect Their Raison D'être

    August 14, 2018 Jay Pattisall, Ted Schadler

    The CMO/agency relationship is at risk. Brands are turning to in-house agencies; company growth agendas bring in CIOs and other business stakeholders; ad budgets face constant pressure; and consultancies are swooping in to take high-margin experience technology services. Our conversations with CMOs and agency holding company CEOs show that agencies need a new business model that puts the client at the center, elevates new services, and blends creative entrepreneurialism with new executional prowess. We've identified a path back to partnership.

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