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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  • Business Technographics
  • Application Development
  • 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: 663
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Six Responsive Website Project Pitfalls And The Best Practices For How To Avoid Them

    Many developers tell Forrester that they use responsive web design (RWD) as their web design philosophy, but the highest adoption rate by vertical is less than 20%. This suggests that many...

    • Downloads: 408
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Increase Flexibility By Embracing Future Business And Technology Trends

    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: 2285
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Capitalize On SaaS CRM Solutions With Better Governance

    Organization: The CRM Playbook

    Organizations increasingly adopt software-as-a-service (SaaS) CRM solutions, but many have not adapted their governance processes and policies to get maximum value out of those solutions....

    • Downloads: 787
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Agile Experts Focus On Downstream Delivery

    The 2015 State Of Agile Development: Agile Experts Have Valuable Lessons To Share In How They Apply DevOps

    There is no doubt that Agile is fueling all major software innovations in all global markets. Agile techniques create more value for the business, and faster, than traditional methods. But you won't...

    • Downloads: 5
  • 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: 327
  • 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: 582
  • 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: 1175
  • 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: 306
  • 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: 787
  • 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: 458
  • 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: 223
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Customer Engagement Needs APIs, But REST Is Far From A Complete Integration Strategy

    Forrester's Data Shows Strong Investment In REST, SOAP, And More

    A cornerstone of any firm's BT agenda is flexible application integration. Application programming interfaces (APIs) — and specifically representational state transfer (REST) APIs —...

    • Downloads: 266
  • 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: 1457
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:State Of Cloud Platform Standards: Q1 2014

    OpenStack Steps Forward To Become The New De Facto Model

    Enterprises look to cloud computing services to enable flexibility and scalability for agile applications, but many fear vendor lock-in, which would mitigate these benefits. Without standardization,...

    • Downloads: 594
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:A Guide To More Effective Developer-Architect Relations

    Survey: Developers Say Some Architects Are Extremely Effective

    Developers and architects don't always get along . . . and that's a bad thing. Organizations need both the short-term agility of fast delivery cycles and the longer-term sustainable agility and cost...

    • Downloads: 222
  • 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: 1631
  • 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: 313
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:SQL-For-Hadoop: Critical Technology For Customer-Obsessed Firms

    Which Type Of SQL-For-Hadoop Will Help You Turn Customer Obsession Into Reality?

    To help your firm become customer-obsessed, you must supply your business partners with access to the data they need to understand customers. Although they're attracted to Hadoop's low cost and...

    • Downloads: 115
  • For Sourcing & Vendor Management Professionals

    Report:The Forrester Wave™: Enterprise Mobility Services, Q1 2013

    Analysis Of 13 Global Leaders' Capabilities And How They Stack Up

    Enterprise mobility is booming; organizations must connect with employees, customers, and partners in new ways and across new devices and applications. But many organizations don't know how to move...

    • Downloads: 1673
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Next-Generation Portfolio Management: Strategic, Lean, And Delivery-Enabled

    Before IT can transition to business technology (BT) and become an effective partner with the business, the two groups of leaders must completely rethink the way they plan and execute — and...

    • Downloads: 1075
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Development Landscape: 2013

    Developer Forrsights North America And Europe

    Software development is changing rapidly; firms must use this to their advantage to avoid falling behind. The Forrsights Developer Survey, Q1 2013 shows that mobile development is among the hottest...

    • Downloads: 889
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:The State Of Cloud Platform Standards: Q2 2015

    Standards Bodies And Open Source Foundations Learn To Play Nice

    Infrastructure and operations (I&O) pros look to cloud computing services to enable flexibility and scalability for agile applications, but many fear vendor lock-in. Applications, products, and...

    • Downloads: 347
  • 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: 998
  • 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: 346