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 Sourcing & Vendor Management Professionals

    Report:Critical Sourcing Decisions Depend On Your Application Portfolio Analysis

    In the realm of IT services sourcing, the strategic decisions and vendor selection process for your company's applications and infrastructures are perhaps the most important. Your service...

    • Downloads: 335
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Predictions For 2014: Private Cloud Management And Infrastructure

    In 2013, over half of enterprises stated that in 2014, they will be prioritizing building a private cloud, when it was only introduced less than five years ago. Although enterprises have quickly...

    • Downloads: 861
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Increase Flexibility By Embracing Future Business And Technology Trends

    Vision: The Business Applications Playbook

    This report outlines Forrester's vision for the future of business applications. It summarizes the key business drivers and trends that are reshaping the value proposition of business applications....

    • Downloads: 2216
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:PaaS Market Dynamics in China, 2012 To 2017

    Platform-as-a-service (PaaS) is garnering attention and focus from multiple corners of the Chinese market as traditional IT vendors, independent software vendors (ISVs), telcos, and Internet...

    • Downloads: 212
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Ten Myths And Realities Of The Software Market In 2013

    Forrester's Forrsights Survey Helps Sort The Myths From The Reality

    CIOs face many difficult decisions every day. They make some decisions based on hard facts that they can validate, but they base many decisions on broad assumptions and a particular understanding of...

    • Downloads: 568
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Multiple PaaS Flavors Hit The Enterprise

    Understanding The Fragmented Platform-As-A-Service Market

    Platform-as-a-service (PaaS) is a confusing category, as the term "PaaS" is applied to cloud services with very different capabilities — and new options are appearing every month. Many...

    • Downloads: 959
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:The 10 Most Important Technology Trends In Business Application Architecture Today

    Understand These Trends To Shape Your Application Strategy

    This report enumerates the top 10 technology trends that are reshaping the nature and value proposition of business applications today and in the coming years. Application delivery leaders,...

    • Downloads: 1212
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Choose The Right Mobile Development Solutions

    Tools And Technology: The Mobile App Development Playbook

    Traversing the mobile app development technology landscape is challenging — particularly in light of different mobile development approaches, the range of infrastructure capabilities, and the...

    • Downloads: 1347
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Top Technologies For Your BT Agenda

    Tools And Technology: The Business Technology Agenda Playbook

    In today's competitive environment, investing in business technologies is central to companies' ability to win, serve, and retain customers. Business execs know this, but they don't think that their...

    • Downloads: 525
  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    Report:Address The Top 10 Nontechnical Security Issues In Mobile App Development

    Continuous Improvement: The Mobile Security Playbook

    Security is more than just purchasing the latest next-generation solution to the most recent threat of attack. Likewise, security in mobile application development runs much deeper than simply...

    • Downloads: 275
  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    Report:Build A Corporate App Store Into Your Corporate Mobility Strategy

    Manage Mobile Complexity Through A Corporate App Store

    Today, many employees use their personally owned smartphones and tablets for work to access a variety of mobile applications. Some companies are also proactively deploying mobile applications to...

    • Downloads: 558
  • 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 Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Who Are Enterprise Cloud Developers?

    What Forrester's Forrsights Developer Survey, Q1 2013 Shows

    Less than a quarter of all enterprise developers are using cloud platforms today. Examining the first movers, using the Forrester Forrsights Developer Survey, Q1 2013, we found significant...

    • Downloads: 192
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:A Benchmark To Drive Mobile Test Quality

    Benchmarks: The Mobile App Development Playbook

    Mobile is changing the way enterprises create software, but trends and best practices for developers are emerging, helping to calm the chaos. The same cannot be said for mobile testing — the...

    • Downloads: 447
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:The Seven Habits Of Highly Effective DevOps

    Organizations have for years sought a means of more quickly delivering business value in the form of working software. Inspired by innovations in Agile software development and the application of the...

    • Downloads: 1314
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Create Agile Processes For Introducing Emerging Technology

    With its careful approach to planning technology investments and general aversion to risk, IT is not meeting business demands for emerging technology as a driver for innovation and growth. Enterprise...

    • Downloads: 767
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Maximize Your Chances Of Business Intelligence Success In A Customer-Centric World

    Processes: The Business Intelligence Playbook

    What can you do to make sure that your business intelligence (BI) initiative doesn't end up on the scrap heap of failed projects? Seeking answers to this question isn't unique to BI projects —...

    • Downloads: 831
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Brief: Services Supplant Mobile Middleware

    In 2014, Infrastructure Services Will Become The Enabler For Mobile Success

    Application development professionals have many choices when it comes to selecting mobile technologies. One of these, mobile middleware, is in a high state of flux. Market consolidation,...

    • Downloads: 237
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Brief: 2014 Mobile Developer Platform Preferences

    Developers Disproportionately Target Android And iOS, With Windows Phone A Credible Third Option

    Android and iOS devices still attract the lion's share of developers because of their broad consumer support and bring-your-own-device (BYOD) adoption by employees. But they aren't the only mobile...

    • Downloads: 260
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Don't Just Maintain Business Applications, Raise Business Responsiveness

    Continuous Improvement: The Business Applications Playbook

    While big projects such as delivering new off-the-shelf or custom-built applications help your organization achieve excellent business outcomes, sustaining these outcomes requires that your...

    • Downloads: 624
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Six Business Technology Trends That Will Propel Your Firm In 2013

    From Technology Foundations To Business Outcomes

    Forrester sees six important trends unfolding in business technology (BT), where information technology will most directly and visibly affect business outcomes. Not having an initiative or effort...

    • Downloads: 1418
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Cloud Keys An Era Of New IT Responsiveness And Efficiency

    The cloud landscape is shifting to cover a broader range of enterprise needs. Why? Cloud is curing the lack of responsiveness and economic flexibility that ails on-premises IT. Look for the popular...

    • Downloads: 1446
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Navigating The Agile Testing Tool Landscape

    Revamp Your Testing Tool Strategy For Agile Development

    As your developers shift to Agile practices, they will invariably perform more testing themselves. So where does that leave your quality assurance (QA) professionals? They need to adapt by getting...

    • Downloads: 946
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:To The Victor Go The Spoils: How The Need For Speed Is Reshaping The ALM Landscape

    Never has the ability to quickly develop and deliver innovative software solutions mattered more. The rise of mobile solutions as a significant customer experience channel has created great...

    • Downloads: 450
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Enterprise Mobile Application Adoption Trends In India

    Indian Firms Must Adopt An Outside-In Approach To Maximize Their Mobile App Investments

    Indian firms are increasingly investing in mobile applications to better engage with their customers, partners, and employees. Forrester recently surveyed medium-size and large organizations in India...

    • Downloads: 177