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: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...

    • Downloads: 480
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Redefine Your Workforce Enablement Policy To Empower Employees

    Policy And Procedures: The Workforce Enablement Playbook

    To ensure that employees are armed with the technology they need to do their best work and delight customers, infrastructure and operations (I&O) managers are embracing desktop modernization projects...

    • Downloads: 721
  • 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: 151
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    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: 1462
  • 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: 142
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    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: 277
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    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...

    • Downloads: 220
  • 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: 777
  • 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...

    • Downloads: 46
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Accelerate Product Design With Digital Workspaces For 3D Visualization

    Recent Innovations In Graphics Hardware And Digital Workspace Technologies Improve Coordination Across Distributed Design Teams

    There are few things more fundamental to the competitiveness of your business than the way engineers design and develop products. 3D product design, visualization, and life-cycle management software...

    • Downloads: 52
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Build A Corporate App Store Into Your Workforce Computing Strategy

    I&O Should Manage Mobile Complexity Through A Corporate App Store

    Today, employees are using personally owned smartphones and tablets at work, and firms are leveraging an array of mobile applications to interact with employees, customers, partners, and suppliers....

    • Downloads: 445
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    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...

    • Downloads: 321
  • 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...

    • Downloads: 227
  • 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: 228
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:How To Budget For Workforce And Customer-Facing Technologies In 2015 And Beyond

    Benchmarks: The Workforce Enablement Playbook

    Infrastructure and operations (I&O) leaders planning their budgets for 2015 and beyond face a daunting challenge: within their constrained I&O budget, they must find ways to divert investments from...

    • Downloads: 721
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Managing Information Security In BYOT Environments In Asia Pacific

    I&O Professionals Need The Right Policies, Technologies, And Skills To Secure Enterprise Data

    Employees are rapidly embracing personal devices, consumer software, and public cloud services for work to increase personal productivity and efficiency, a trend that Forrester refers to as...

    • Downloads: 233
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Infrastructure Will Drive The Retail Store Experiences Of The Future

    In-Store Technology Is Too Critical For I&O To Be Left Out

    To engage customers, retailers are implementing new technologies to help increase the relevance of content, reduce shopper frustrations, and create pleasing experiences. For example, Burberry tags...

    • Downloads: 626
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    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...

    • Downloads: 152
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:The Enterprise Wearables Journey

    How Wearable Computing Will Improve Your Business

    If you're not thinking about how innovation in wearable computing will affect enterprises in 2015, you're slipping into the minority: Wearable devices — and the apps, software, and services...

    • Downloads: 881
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    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: 346
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Use Context To Drive A Seamless UC&C Service Layer

    Increasing consumerization of IT and advances in both cloud technologies and deployment models tremendously affect the enterprise not simply on how we communicate but where, when, and on what kind of...

    • Downloads: 335
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Build Digital Workspace Delivery Systems To Give Employees The Right Tools For Their Job

    Tools And Technology: The Workforce Enablement Playbook

    This report outlines the tools and technology of Forrester's solution for infrastructure and operations (I&O) professionals' workforce computing challenges. Forrester's research into workforce...

    • Downloads: 464
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Implementing Cloud Collaboration Solutions In Asia Pacific

    A Guidebook For I&O Professionals In Asia Pacific

    Organizations in Asia Pacific (AP) are using collaboration applications to connect their employees with each other and with the outside world, but strapped IT resources and reduced budgets are...

    • Downloads: 127
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Quick Take: Splunk's Bold Move Toward Business Technology Analytics

    Analysis Of Announcements Made At Splunk's Fifth Global User Conference

    Last week, Splunk held its annual worldwide users' conference, .conf2014. The event attracted 4,000 passionate Splunk customers and included both deeply technical classes and sessions designed to...

    • Downloads: 142
  • 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...

    • Downloads: 242