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 Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:The State Of Application Rationalization

    Many enterprise architects (EAs) have been rationalizing application and technology portfolios for some time, and the experience shows. It is a stable, relatively successful initiative that engages...

    • Downloads: 529
  • 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: 235
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Solving The Quandary Of Responsive Design

    Seven Key Questions That Will Guide eBusiness Leaders To Make The Right RWD Decisions

    Web traffic on mobile phones and tablets is increasing to the point where firms must optimize for these touchpoints. Native mobile apps aren't always necessary because organizations can support a...

    • Downloads: 553
  • 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: 449
  • For B2B Marketing Professionals

    Report:Opportunities In The SMB Cloud Services Market

    SMBs' strong adoption of cloud computing is well known. What is less well understood is how SMBs are adopting cloud for various technology categories relative to one another.

    • Downloads: 276
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Brief: Agile Development And Customer Experience — A Marriage Made In Heaven

    Embed CX Professionals Into Modern Application Delivery Early And Often

    Companies are investing huge sums to enhance the customer experience (CX). Sometimes they embark upon a major digitalization or re-engineering of how their customers discover, explore, ask for, buy,...

    • Downloads: 267
  • 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: 926
  • 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: 267
  • 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: 401
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Putting A Price On Mobile Strategy

    Business Case: The Mobile App Development Playbook

    Application development and delivery (AD&D) professionals are not usually the driving force behind creating the business case for mobile — but that doesn't mean they don't play a part. At a...

    • Downloads: 841
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Shared Services: If WyCAN, So Can You!

    Thought Leadership And Teamwork Enable Cost-Savings And Better Service For Consortium Members

    Public sector organizations don't have the privilege of dialing back on scope in challenging economic times. In fact, when the going gets tough, government organizations often have to kick into high...

    • Downloads: 155
  • For Sourcing & Vendor Management Professionals

    Report:Market Overview: Tech Services In Indonesia, 2014

    The Market Is Booming But Lacks Scale And Maturity

    Many multinational corporations (MNCs) see Indonesia as the next frontier for growth in Asia Pacific (AP). Most large MNCs have developed a presence in China; many have also done so in India —...

    • Downloads: 197
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Market Overview: Mobile App Testing

    Mix And Match Tools And Services For Best Results

    Mobile applications are becoming the primary digital experience touchpoint for customers and employees, and the resulting challenges for application development and delivery (AD&D) organizations have...

    • Downloads: 212
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Market Overview: Agile Development Service Providers

    The Agile Capabilities Of Leading Outsourcing Services Companies Have Caught Up With Client Expectations

    As business technology moves higher on the radar screen of CIOs, the need to leverage Agile application development techniques is rising. Application development and delivery (AD&D) leaders, seeking...

    • Downloads: 237
  • 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: 759
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Navigate The Future Of CRM In 2013

    The only source of competitive advantage is the one that can survive technology-fueled disruption: an obsession with understanding, connecting with, serving, and delighting customers. But as...

    • Downloads: 2825
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:The Enterprise Mobility Outlook For Asia Pacific In 2014

    How I&O Pros Can Best Support Enterprise Mobility And Prepare Their Firms For Disruption

    Mobile device adoption at Asia Pacific (AP) organizations will grow in 2014, driven by a large young online population, declining hardware prices, and the increasing affordability of wireless...

    • Downloads: 264
  • 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: 554
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:The Hybrid² Integration Challenge

    CIOs Are Juggling Heterogeneous Integration Silos And Cloud Apps

    As current application environments get more complex and heterogeneous, the respective data and application logic is spread across a multitude of different environments — both on premises and...

    • Downloads: 891
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Elevate The ALM Discussion To The Business Plane

    Making A Compelling Argument For ALM Investment

    Implementing a more effective application life-cycle management (ALM) strategy will depend on making a compelling business case for investing in changes. Buying new ALM tools, hiring new staff, and...

    • Downloads: 301
  • 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: 443
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Year-End 2013 IT Budget Benchmarks

    How Forrester's Forrsights Data Can Help CIOs Prepare For 2014

    CIOs often request IT budget benchmarks. In this report, we have provided these benchmarks using data from our Forrsight's IT Budgets And Priorities Survey, Q4 2013. However, it's easy to misuse IT...

    • Downloads: 1499
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Forrsights: IT Budgets And Priorities In 2013

    Mobility And Analytics Drive Spending Growth Despite Business Pessimism

    What are the 2013 budget plans and priorities for CIOs and other IT decision-makers? Forrester's Forrsights Budgets And Priorities Tracker Survey, Q4 2012 provides insight on the 2013 tech buying...

    • Downloads: 1147
  • 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: 333
  • 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: 509