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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  • Infrastructure & Operations
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Forrester's I&O And Marketing Partnership Readiness Self-Assessment

    Forrester recommends using the marketing partnership readiness self-assessment tool to help I&O professionals understand whether they are ready to partner with marketing and other members of...

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  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Prepare Your Infrastructure And Operations For 2020 With Tools And Technologies

    Tools And Technology: The I&O Practice Playbook

    As more and more business services are provided through cloud and mobile technologies, business users see an opportunity to gain more control over IT, decentralize IT functions, and move from a...

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    Report:Gear Up For Modern Service Delivery

    Tools And Technology: The Modern Service Delivery Playbook

    Speeding up the pace of the service delivery life cycle requires automation tools, which presents both opportunities and challenges to the infrastructure and operations (I&O) organization. You can...

    • Downloads: 378
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    Report:Assess Your Cloud Maturity

    Assessment: The Cloud Computing Playbook

    As infrastructure and operations (I&O) leaders refine cloud strategies to deliver the experiences and the agility that their firms' customers demand, they'll need to assess their level of cloud...

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    Report:I&O Skills And Staffing In A Consumerized World

    Organization: The Workforce Enablement Playbook

    The challenge of deploying and supporting a wide range of new technologies to support their company's increasingly mobile workforce has triggered infrastructure and operations (I&O) leaders to...

    • Downloads: 307
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    Report:Technology Spotlight: Automate Application Performance Management

    Automate Your Incident Management Process With Run Book Automation

    This document highlights innovative solutions in application performance management that can help infrastructure and operations (I&O) teams increase their productivity in incident and problem...

    • Downloads: 321
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    Report:Haste Does Not Make Waste If You Improve Your Service Delivery

    Processes: The Modern Service Delivery Playbook

    The effects of digital disruption are rippling through businesses and industries across the world. Digital cravings are causing customers to change their loyalty in an instant as they continually...

    • Downloads: 106
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Build A Road Map For Workforce Computing

    This report outlines Forrester's solution to help IT infrastructure and operations (I&O) leaders develop their five-year technology road map for workforce computing. This is important because into...

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  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Brief: The Modern Service Catalog Supports Service Brokering

    The Evolution Of The Service Catalog From A Static List To An Interconnected Ecosystem

    Forrester interviewed 16 service catalog and cloud management platform vendors to get a read on the service catalog landscape, and the most common term they used to describe the developments of the...

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  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Adoption Profile: Hosted Private Cloud, North America And Europe, Q3 2013

    In 2013, Forrester saw a spike in interest in hosted private cloud — adoption nearly doubled within a single year. Hosted private cloud remains one of the least understood core cloud deployment...

    • Downloads: 360
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    Report:Brief: Think Of Partnership, Not Intermediaries, In Pursuing Cloud Brokering Models

    Cloud management systems, integration technologies, and traditional systems management solutions are combining to open up new possibilities for cloud consumption, governance, and chargeback/showback...

    • Downloads: 150
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    Report:Workforce Spotlight: Information Workers Want Keyboards With Their Tablets

    While Keyboards Face Relative Decline, Their Importance To Workforce Computing Remains Steady

    The value of tablets to workers lies in their hyper-portability: They allow workers to engage in computing scenarios in more places, adding relevance and convenience to the computing experience. With...

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    Report:Playing Musical Chairs For Staffing Modern Service Delivery

    Organization: The Modern Service Delivery Playbook

    Software-driven businesses are creating disruption in the marketplace, which is forcing other enterprises to follow in their path. These software-driven businesses are abandoning traditional...

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    Report:Adoption Profile: Private Cloud In North America, Q3 2014

    North American infrastructure and operations (I&O) executives and their teams often ask Forrester for private cloud adoption data to inform their cloud strategy and compare their progress with their...

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  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Back Up Your Critical Cloud Data Before It's Too Late

    Cloud-To-Cloud Backup Emerges As A Practical Option For Cloud Data Protection

    For years, it has been standard practice to back up your critical data. You store several copies locally for operational recovery and send copies off-site (electronically or physically) for disaster...

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    Report:Quick Take: Dell's Nutanix Partnership Escalates The Hyperconvergence Vendor War

    Witness The Beginning Of A New Era In Infrastructure Convergence

    Dell's new original equipment manufacturer (OEM) partnership with hyperconvergence pioneer Nutanix adds a disruptive element to its portfolio that will help you design and deliver services more...

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    Report:Infrastructure Services Evolve Into Digital Shared Service Delivery Models

    How Clients Can Participate In The Infrastructure Services Evolution

    Business requirements for more flexibility, higher efficiency, and shorter time-to-market are leading to a stronger willingness from clients to explore infrastructure services in more flexible and...

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  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:State Of Cloud Platform Standards: Q1 2014

    OpenStack Steps Forward To Become The New De Facto Model

    Enterprises look to cloud computing services to enable flexibility and scalability for agile applications, but many fear vendor lock-in, which would mitigate these benefits. Without standardization,...

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    Report:Brief: Be Aware Of These Key Sourcing Trends For Managed Services And Cloud

    Do You Need To Rethink Your Sourcing Strategy In 2015?

    The sourcing of technical services is changing based on different trends: Technology management teams will continue to rely on managed technical services due to their inability to transform existing...

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  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Don't Fear The Cloud — Profit From It

    Organization: The Cloud Computing Playbook

    Cloud adoption is increasingly widespread at enterprise organizations and a growing number of small and medium-size businesses. Cloud computing is also a potential source of massive disruption, not...

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  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Meet The Multisourcing Challenge

    Redesign Your Service Integration And Management (SIAM) Capabilities To Deliver Innovation For Customers

    Multisourcing is a reality, but most firms still struggle with service integration and management (SIAM) in multisourced environments. Infrastructure and operations (I&O) teams and their partners...

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    Report:Brief: Tata Communications Makes Network Connectivity Predictable

    Deterministic Routing Enables Business Agility

    Cloud services give infrastructure and operations (I&O) professionals flexible new options. They also pose new challenges — such as network latency, network availability, and application...

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    Report:Brief: Master Mobile Device Life-Cycle Management

    How To Apply Device Life-Cycle Thinking To The IDEA Framework

    Mobility is reshaping how businesses engage with their customers. This seismic shift has driven a diverse set of new mobile technologies into companies in every industry — and the onus of...

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    Report:Brief: Leverage Best Practices For Your Private Cloud Implementation

    Lesson Learned From Early Adopters In China

    Many Chinese organizations have launched private cloud projects but lack specific implementation guidance on how to ensure that these initiatives will deliver the right outcomes. They are also...

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    Report:Tech Spotlight: Endpoint Backup In The Enterprise

    In The Vacuum Left By IT, Employees Are Resorting To Their Own Backup Methods

    There is no stopping the rise of the anytime, anywhere worker. These employees are highly mobile, they use a variety of devices to do their jobs, and they work from many different locations during...

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