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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    Report:Forrester's Workforce Enablement Assessment Framework Model

    Forrester's workforce enablement assessment framework consists of four workforce enablement (WE) domains (oversight, technology, process, and people) and 41 WE functions. This abbreviated version of...

    • Downloads: 47
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:A Crisis Of Attention: Technology, Productivity, And Flow

    Using The Science Of Knowledge Work To Restore Flow To The Workplace

    Knowledge workers face a paradox: The technology intended to make them more effective actually distracts, drains, and demotivates them instead. Rapidly changing customers and market conditions demand...

    • Downloads: 357
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    Report:Building The Business Case For A Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) Program

    Business Case: The Workforce Enablement Playbook

    This report outlines Forrester's guidance for developing a business case to justify a BYOD program to support your workforce enablement strategy. Supporting the growing number and increasing...

    • Downloads: 1495
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    Report:Forrester's Workforce Engagement And Flow Survey Instrument

    This instrument analyzes cognitive flow for employees in the workplace. This instrument is divided into two sections: The first part captures basic demographic details and asks general questions to...

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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...

    • Downloads: 229
  • 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...

    • Downloads: 789
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Building The Foundation For Customer Insight: Hadoop Infrastructure Architecture

    The proliferation of customer-facing data-intensive systems in almost every modern enterprise has catalyzed the rapid deployment of big data environments, commonly with Hadoop as the underlying...

    • Downloads: 573
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    Report:Move Beyond Disaster Recovery And Prepare For Business Technology Resiliency

    This report outlines the vision of Forrester's solution for infrastructure and operations (I&O) executives planning their organization's business technology (BT) resiliency strategy — the...

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  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:The Forrester Wave™: Enterprise Backup And Recovery Software, Q2 2013

    The Six Providers That Matter Most And How They Stack Up

    In Forrester's 61-criteria evaluation of enterprise backup and recovery software vendors, we identified the six most significant software providers — ASG, CommVault, EMC, HP, IBM, and Symantec...

    • Downloads: 682
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:China Appliance Market Dynamics, 2013 To 2017

    Understanding of and interest in appliances is surging in China as organizations there struggle to manage massive growth while simultaneously using traditional infrastructure and platforms to...

    • Downloads: 144
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    Report:Lessons Learned From Chinese Airlines' Customer Engagement Strategies

    I&O Professionals In China Are Adapting To The Age Of The Customer

    Chinese business leaders are recognizing that the market landscape is changing; demanding customers have driven customer acquisition, retention, and service to the top of their business priority hit...

    • Downloads: 136
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Continually Improve Business Meetings With Better Process And Technology

    If You're Not Planning Your Meetings, You're Planning To Fail

    With 37% of information workers spending an hour or more in meetings every day, it's crucial to make that time productive. Organizing the meeting and using the right collaboration tools is a great...

    • Downloads: 239
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Turn Big Data Inward With IT Analytics

    The Future Of Service Monitoring And Management

    Your business is complex. Big data promises to manage this complexity to make better decisions. But the technology services that run your business are also complex. Many are too complex to manage...

    • Downloads: 1366
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    Report:It's Time To Reconsider Chromebooks

    For Some Enterprises, Chromebooks Fill A Legitimate Computing Niche

    There's been a lot of negative press recently about Google Chromebooks claiming that, two years into their market availability, they're failing. However, while Chromebooks clearly aren't for every...

    • Downloads: 254
  • 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...

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    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:Predictions For 2014: Technology Monitoring

    Monitoring Advances From Providing Reactive Information To Predictive Business Insights

    In 2014, technology monitoring priorities for infrastructure and operations (I&O) professionals can no longer only focus on technology offerings that serve internal business services but must also...

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    Report:TechRadar™: Business Technology Monitoring, Q3 2013, Part 3 Of 5

    Analysis Of Business Monitoring Technologies In The "Survival" Ecosystem Phase

    In Part 3 of Forrester's TechRadar™ series on business technology (BT) monitoring, we examine eight technologies in the "Survival" ecosystem phase: business activity monitoring, cloud cost...

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    Report:Develop Your Workforce Enablement Balanced Scorecard

    Performance Management: The Workforce Enablement Playbook

    This report outlines Forrester's solution for developing effective metrics to measure the performance of your workforce enablement initiatives. Identifying and implementing a comprehensive, relevant...

    • Downloads: 367
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Build Your Workforce Computing Strategic Plan

    Strategic Plan: The Workforce Enablement Playbook

    Few areas of technology are as fundamental to customer interaction and the execution performance of the business as the devices and software in the hands of its employees. Yet instead of seeing...

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    Report:Brief: Smart Body, Smarter Workforce

    How To Drive Worker Productivity By Quantifying The Workforce

    Infrastructure and operations (I&O) leaders are responsible for deploying, managing, and supporting the devices and software that enable a workforce to successfully serve customers. Today, there's a...

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    Report:Case Study: Yihaodian Leverages IT Assets To Deliver Results In China's eCommerce Market

    China's dynamic and rapidly growing eCommerce market is drawing considerable investment from strong players, including veterans like Tmall and 360Buy as well as global retail giants like Amazon.com...

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    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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    Report:Master The Eight Disruptors That Will Transform Business Technology Resiliency In 2013

    This report defines and dissects the intersections and future directions of the solutions that make up the business technology (BT) resiliency landscape. It also identifies and catalogs the vendors...

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    Report:Equipped To Thrive: Help Employees Turn Mobile Moments Into Customer Value

    Vision: The Workforce Enablement Playbook

    Enterprise mobility isn't about bring-your-own devices or apps. It's about enabling the people in your workforce to make the most of their mobile moments — to make the most of their...

    • Downloads: 138