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.


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:Predictions 2016: Personal At Last For CI Professionals

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    Report:Predictions 2015: Invest In Customer Insights To Activate Contextual Marketing

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    Use Advanced Analytics To Power Customer Engagement

    Don't make the mistake of thinking that "advanced analytics" is just "better analytics." It is a fundamentally different data-driven approach firms use to find new knowledge and insights about...

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    Report:How Analytics Drives Customer Life-Cycle Management

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    Report:Turn Data Into Intelligence With Customer Analytics

    Executive Overview: The Customer Analytics Playbook

    Big data signals a step change in the availability of customer data and is providing firms with their biggest opportunity yet to understand their customers. The sheer scale and diversity of customer...

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    Report:How To Innovate With Customer Analytics

    Processes: The Customer Analytics Playbook

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    Report:Brief: Don't Give Up On Customer Segmentation

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    Report:Deciphering A Fragmented Customer Analytics Ecosystem

    Tools And Technology: The Customer Analytics Playbook

    With the increased focus on data-driven marketing, few firms have the budgets, technology capabilities, or analytical skills to advance their analytics agendas internally, and they frequently turn to...

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    Report:TechRadar™: Customer Analytics Methods, Q1 2014

    Road Map: The Customer Analytics Playbook

    Forrester has identified 15 key customer analytics methods that customer insights professionals must master. Customer insights professionals are faced with tough decisions about which combination of...

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    Report:Instant Insight: The Truth About Advanced Analytics

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    This report answers common questions that business technology professionals ask about the what, why, and how of advanced analytics. Don't make the mistake of thinking that "advanced analytics" is...

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    Report:Build An Agile Customer Data Support Organization

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    Marketers continue to emphasize acquisition and are willing to take the risk of acquiring customers with low long-term profitability. While retention efforts typically enjoy the spotlight in an...

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    Report:TIAA-CREF Embarks On Analytics Governance

    Performance Management: The Customer Analytics Playbook

    The digital analytics team at financial services organization TIAA-CREF wanted to deliver strategic, forward-thinking insights to internal decision-makers. To enhance its influence on the business,...

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