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: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: 137
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    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: 330
  • 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: 126
  • 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...

    • Downloads: 227
  • 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: 1425
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Ten Ways Technology Will Drive Workforce Success In 2015

    Infrastructure and operations (I&O) leaders responsible for workforce technology play a critical role in their company's success in the age of the customer, where your company's employees need your...

    • Downloads: 175
  • 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: 457
  • 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,...

    • Downloads: 451
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    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: 207
  • 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: 225
  • 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: 654
  • 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: 319
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Reduce Risk And Drive Adoption With A CCI Road Map

    As communications and collaboration infrastructures (CCIs) start to coalesce into broader suites, infrastructure and operations (I&O) professionals need to ensure that the right road map will...

    • Downloads: 256
  • 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: 1326
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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: 46
  • 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: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: 257
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    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...

    • Downloads: 400
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    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: 83
  • 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: 186
  • 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...

    • Downloads: 3045
  • 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: 133
  • 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: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...

    • Downloads: 510
  • 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: 39