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:Strategic Benchmarks 2014: Data Center Strategy

    Today, infrastructure and operations (I&O) professionals have the freedom to select from an ever-expanding buffet of data center tools, technologies, and sourcing options. I&O leaders must...

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    Report:The State And Direction Of Service Management: Progression, Deceleration, Or Stagnation?

    "How do we stack up against our peers?" is perhaps the most common question asked of Forrester, and never has this information been more important for service management and automation (SMA)...

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    Report:Case Study: Jason's Deli Delivers Delicious Customer Service And Experience

    Visibility And Interconnectivity Yield A Responsive Service Ecosystem And Curious Workforce

    It's difficult to make a good sandwich if you don't understand your customer's order or you can't find the ingredients you need. Similarly, it's difficult to deliver a service smoothly if you don't...

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  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Build Your Business Case For All-Flash Storage Arrays

    Start With Performance-Sensitive Applications, But Emphasize The Operational Cost Benefits

    Consider your most critical technology-powered assets. For retailers, this is your eCommerce site. For financial service firms, this is your trading platform. If you run these assets on hard-drive...

    • Downloads: 276
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:RFP Template For Software Asset Management Solutions

    This template is intended to provide a starting point for thinking about sections to include in an RFP for software asset management (SAM) solutions. This template should be viewed as an...

    • Downloads: 65
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Case Study: Cornerstone OnDemand Makes End User Experience The Priority For IT Operations

    Companies with distributed operations often struggle with managing customer experience. This report summarizes some of the major lessons learned from Cornerstone OnDemand, a cloud-based talent...

    • Downloads: 162
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Match Digital Workspace Delivery Systems To Your Organization's Workforce

    Personas Help You Decide On Virtual Desktops, Virtual Apps, Or Native Apps

    The challenge: Give employees with a diverse range of work styles access to Windows-based applications and desktops across a wider range of devices and operating systems (OSes), without compromising...

    • Downloads: 200
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Quick Take: Breaking Down IBM Pulse 2014

    IBM's Overarching Cloud Strategy Is One Based On Open Standards

    Last week's annual IBM Pulse 2014 drew 11,000 tech management professionals, partners, and IBM folks to Las Vegas, where the company informed all participants about bold moves it's making around...

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  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Brief: The Future Of Mobile Device Management

    Enterprise Mobile Management Solutions Must Support, Secure, And Improve Employee Experience

    Mobile device management (MDM) is the common technology used by enterprises to enable their workforce to obtain the right access on their mobile devices. However, early solutions were only able to...

    • Downloads: 548
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Predictions 2014: Mobility And Computing Technologies In The Age Of The Customer

    Six Meta-Trends That Will Influence How You Ensure That Employees Have Access To The Right Technology In 2014 And Beyond

    In 2013, infrastructure and operations (I&O) professionals saw increased mobility and diversity in the technology that employees could use for their jobs get thrust into the forefront. In 2014, I&O...

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    Report:Market Overview: Enterprise Endpoint Backup And Recovery Solutions

    Protect And Enable The Anytime, Anywhere Worker With Client Data Protection

    The information workers of today look very different from those just a few years ago. Today, they work in more places on more devices and expect services to be available 24x7. They create data on...

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    Report:Brief: The Software-Defined Data Center Is Still A Work In Progress

    Tools And Technology: The Infrastructure Transformation Playbook

    To accelerate business growth, infrastructure and operations (I&O) professionals must understand and ultimately master four key I&O-related trends: 1) continually consolidate and optimize the...

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  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Market Overview: IT Service Management SaaS Tools Update, 2014

    Growing Vendors Offer Alternatives, Established Vendors Ride The SaaS Momentum

    IT service management (ITSM) software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions have been widely adopted by IT infrastructure and operations (I&O) organizations around the globe to help deliver technology...

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    Report:IT Service Management Case Study: Making The Transition From On Premises To SaaS With BMC

    Good Practices When Migrating To An SaaS-Delivered ITSM Solution

    How do you successfully move IT service management (ITSM) tool enablement from an on-premises model to a software-as-a-service (SaaS) model? A North American brand communications agency found itself...

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  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Tablet Market Dynamics In Asia Pacific And Japan, 2012 To 2016

    Growing Tablet Support By APJ Enterprises Presents Opportunities For Vendors Beyond The Tablet Makers Themselves

    Tablet usage is growing rapidly across the globe, including Asia Pacific including Japan (APJ). Features like large screen size, portability, and ease of use allow consumers to use tablets to access...

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  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Brief: The Top Four Server Virtualization Trends In China For 2014 And 2015

    Optimizing IT To Better Support BT Transformation

    Chinese organizations are shifting budget from traditional information technology (IT) to business technology (BT) in the age of the customer. However, the level of server virtualization in Chinese...

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    Report:Realize Practical Application Performance Management

    Application performance management (APM) is a natural evolution of infrastructure monitoring. As IT management evolves toward service management and ultimately to business technology, quality of...

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  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Assess Your I&O Team Readiness For A Customer-Centric Transformation

    Assessment: The I&O Transformation Playbook

    Today's technology makes possible the collection, storage, access, and analysis of data volumes, which we couldn't even have dreamed of years ago. It allows customers to interact in social networks...

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  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Case Study: PostNL Delivers On BYOD

    Network Investments And VDI Adoption Enable Deployment

    Talk about bring-your-own-device (BYOD) and most I&O professionals immediately think about access control for an onslaught of unauthorized devices, from laptops to smartphones to tablets. However,...

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    Report:Forrester's IT Infrastructure Maturity Assessment

    Forrester's IT infrastructure maturity assessment evaluates your current and desired state maturity across 24 key IT infrastructure elements within four top-level domains: oversight, people, process,...

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    Report:Fuse Business Acceleration Technologies To Optimize User Experiences

    Deliver Blazing-Fast Web, Mobile-Native, And Hybrid Applications

    Over the past decade, infrastructure and operations (I&O) teams have focused large amounts of resources on making their customer-facing websites blazingly fast because website experience had a direct...

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    Report:Market Overview: EMEA Infrastructure Services Outsourcing In 2015

    Infrastructure Services Are Adapting To The BT Agenda In EMEA

    As organizations look to innovate their business technology, technology managers seek partners that can help them provide better, faster, and more cost-effective infrastructure services. This is...

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    Report:BYOD Programs In Government: Prepare To Walk That Fine Line

    Government I&O Execs Must Help Firms Balance The Risk And Reward Of Deploying BYOD Programs

    During the past few years, many government agencies have been challenged with balancing the hype surrounding bring-your-own-device (BYOD) programs with legitimate opportunities to use BYOD to empower...

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  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Left-Shift Technology Monitoring For Success In The Age Of The Customer

    The Technology Concepts Of End User Behavior Monitoring

    Technology-based innovation is the key to success in the "age of the customer." Businesses are investing in technologies that not only meet expectations but delight customers and employees, because...

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  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Key ITSM SaaS Solution Capabilities

    This workbook supports the "Market Overview: IT Service Management SaaS Tools Update 2014" Forrester report and describes each vendor's ITSM SaaS capabilities in detail.

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