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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  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    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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  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Get Organized To Stop The Communications And Collaboration Infrastructure Civil War

    In the American Civil War, many combatants on both sides had attended the US Military Academy at West Point as cadets. The war pitted not only brother against brother but also cadet against cadet,...

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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...

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  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Technology Management: Service Catalog Workbook

    This service catalog includes a variety of generic service families and the definitions of the service activities associated with them. IT executives should use these sample families as a starting...

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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...

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  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    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...

    • Downloads: 146
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

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

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

    In Part 5 of Forrester's TechRadar series on business technology (BT) monitoring, we examine three technologies in the "Equilibrium" ecosystem phase: database performance monitoring, infrastructure...

    • Downloads: 278
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Redefine Your Mobile Policy To Empower Workers

    This report outlines the policy recommendations of Forrester's solution for security and risk (S&R) and infrastructure and operations (I&O) executives working on mobile and security operations. This...

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    Report:Navigating Diversity In Operating Systems And Browsers

    Heterogeneity Is Here — And Mobility Is Driving It Further

    Infrastructure and operations (I&O) professionals face a splintered landscape of operating systems (OSes) and browsers, which complicates investment decisions tied to what they deploy and support for...

    • Downloads: 328
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    Report:Habitat For Engagement: Unleash Workforce Potential With Agile Enablement

    Landscape: The Workforce Enablement Playbook

    This report covers the landscape of Forrester's solution for infrastructure and operations (I&O) executives responsible for workforce enablement — the delivery and support of technology and...

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  • 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...

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  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Empower Salespeople With Tablets To Drive Value For Your Business

    Partner With Sales Leaders Or Lose Control Of Tablet Purchasing

    Businesses increasingly look to infrastructure and operations (I&O) professionals to purchase tablets for their companies' employees, but not as a standard-issued device (i.e., a device that's...

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  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:How Voice-Controlled Intelligent Agents Can Redefine Computing

    Digital Companions Will Become Intermediaries — And Colleagues

    Workers are only beginning to dip their toes into voice-controlled computing: According to Telecom And Mobility Workforce Survey, Q2 2013, just over a third of workers with smartphones say they...

    • Downloads: 142
  • 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:Five Seismic Forces Reshuffle The Workforce Vendor Ecosystem

    2012 brought a tectonic shift in worker technology requirements. Many more employees now purchase their own devices, bring them to work, and use them to conduct personal and professional activities...

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    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...

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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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  • 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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  • 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...

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    Report:Strategy Deep Dive: Imbibing Macs In The Enterprise

    Apple Mac Shops Share Their Secrets For Success

    Chances are that you have employees using Apple Macs at your firm today, and they're doing this without the support and guidance of the infrastructure and operations (I&O) organization. IT...

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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...

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  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Five Ways To Impress Marketing And Support Digital Business Transformation

    Spruce Up I&O And Partner With Marketing To Support Digital Strategy Delivery

    The age of the customer demands that your firm transform into a digital business. Your marketing colleagues are leading this shift, but Forrester finds that they are currently facing numerous...

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    Report:Technology Spotlight: End User Behavior Monitoring

    Monitor Internal End User Behavior To Optimize Workforce Productivity

    Rapid consumer technology innovation in smartphones, tablets, mobile applications, and wearables is increasing the hardware and software choices available for business users so that business services...

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  • 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...

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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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