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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  • Application Development
  • 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: 914
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Azure App Service Helps Developers Move Smoothly From Web Apps To Modern Apps

    Four Linked Services Address Today's Scenarios While Introducing New Modern Application Features

    Microsoft's new Azure App Service combines three formerly separate development platforms — Azure Websites, Mobile Services, and BizTalk Services — and adds a fourth, creating four linked...

    • Downloads: 110
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:The Future Of Microsoft .NET: New Options, New Choices, New Risks

    The Emerging Windows Platform Expands On The .NET Framework

    One Microsoft platform era is ending and another is beginning. The .NET era as we've known it is winding down. .NET doesn't go away — it becomes Microsoft's preferred server environment for a...

    • Downloads: 875
  • 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: 452
  • 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: 873
  • 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: 193
  • 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: 184
  • 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: 303
  • 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: 344
  • 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: 641
  • 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: 981
  • 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: 243
  • 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: 848
  • 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: 210
  • 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: 1367
  • 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: 1230
  • 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: 1455
  • 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: 268
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Mobile's Ascendance Will Accelerate IT Services Restructuring

    The IT Services Opportunity In Systems Of Engagement

    Mobile is more than just a pretty face. New platforms will usher in a whole new class of systems focused on engaging customers, employees, and business partners. The move to systems of engagement and...

    • Downloads: 385
  • 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: 279
  • 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: 451
  • 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: 173
  • 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: 245
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Digital Innovation Reshapes The Future Of Business Applications

    Vision: The Business Applications Playbook

    The state of business applications in the enterprise today is characterized by high cost, vendor lock-in, and inflexibility, but the business environment and the application software industry are...

    • Downloads: 210
  • 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: 279