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 CIO Professionals

    Report:BYOD In Government: There Is A Time And Place

    CIOs Must Guide BYOD Policies For Selected Use Cases

    During the past few years, many government agencies have been challenged with balancing the hype surrounding bring-your-own-device (BYOD) programs with legitimate opportunities to use BYOD to empower...

    • Downloads: 92
  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    Report:Mobile Authentication: Is This My App? Is This My User?

    Strategy Deep Dive: The Mobile Security And Operations Playbook

    Mobile devices are everywhere: at work, in the hands of your customers, and with employees. Security and risk (S&R) professionals need to provide users with secure and seamless mobile access to...

    • Downloads: 697
  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    Report:TechRadar™: Data Security, Q2 2014

    Road Map: The Data Security And Privacy Playbook

    We designed this report to help security and risk (S&R) leaders develop their road map of data security technologies using Forrester's TechRadar methodology. As data volumes explode, it is becoming a...

    • Downloads: 764
  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    Report:An S&R Pro's Guide To Security To, In, And From The Cloud

    Embrace Cloud As Part Of The Shift To Business Technology

    As organizations rapidly adopt cloud-based infrastructure, platform, and application services, cloud security continues to be a major concern. Now, security and risk professionals need to provide a...

    • Downloads: 762
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:IT Industry Disruptions Fuel Renewed Asia Pacific Market Growth

    Forrester's 2013 Predictions For Asia Pacific

    2013 will be a transformative year for IT adoption in Asia Pacific (AP); multiple IT trends will converge to drive industry disruptions and help spur renewed growth in IT spending. Overall, we...

    • Downloads: 485
  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    Report:The State Of Enterprise Mobile Security, Q1 2014: Strategies Shift From Devices To Apps

    Even as more and more firms adopt and grow more comfortable with bring-your-own-device (BYOD) strategies, security and risk (S&R) pros remain vigilant — particularly as firms seek to empower...

    • Downloads: 643
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Setting The Technology Foundation For Your Social Business And Collaboration Strategy

    Build/Buy Capabilities: The Social Business And Collaboration Playbook

    Many organizations are making a fundamental bet on social business and collaboration to drive knowledge worker effectiveness as a competitive differentiator. The goal of providing an integrated...

    • Downloads: 716
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Navigating Diversity In Operating Systems And Browsers

    Heterogeneity Is Here — And Mobility Is Driving It Further

    Infrastructure and operations (I&O) professionals face a splintered landscape of operating systems (OSes) and browsers, which complicates investment decisions tied to what they deploy and support for...

    • Downloads: 334
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Serving Your Customer-Obsessed Employees

    Analyze And Close Your Customer Engagement Technology Gap

    In the age of the customer, every employee has a responsibility to win, serve, and retain customers, directly, indirectly, or, in the case of customer-obsessed employees, both. As the head of the...

    • Downloads: 170
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Empower Salespeople With Tablets To Drive Value For Your Business

    Partner With Sales Leaders Or Lose Control Of Tablet Purchasing

    Businesses increasingly look to infrastructure and operations (I&O) professionals to purchase tablets for their companies' employees, but not as a standard-issued device (i.e., a device that's...

    • Downloads: 232
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:The Forecast For Business Intelligence Is Partially Cloudy

    For The Majority, The Benefits Of SaaS BI Outweigh The Risks

    Business intelligence is the top priority in terms of companies' implementation plans across all software segments. Companies need to speed up their BI capabilities in order to succeed in the age of...

    • Downloads: 267
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:How Does Your BI Environment Stack Up Against Your Peers'?

    Business intelligence (BI) is critical to organizational performance. To put it simply, top-performing organizations invest more in BI than do their their lower-performing peers. Enterprises need...

    • Downloads: 128
  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    Report:Brief: Stolen And Lost Devices Are Putting Personal Healthcare Information At Risk

    It's Time For Healthcare CISOs To Close The Faucet Of Data Loss From Endpoints

    Amid a rising tide of compliance pressures, employee mobility, and high black-market values for personally identifiable information (PII) and personal healthcare information (PHI), security and risk...

    • Downloads: 170
  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    Report:2013 Forrester Mobile Security Predictions

    The mobile market is evolving rapidly. Both the consumer and enterprise markets are experiencing major changes. Room exists for new innovations as well as for established players to develop new...

    • Downloads: 858
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Understanding Mobile Information Workers In Australia And New Zealand, Part 2

    Tablet Penetration Is Growing, But Business Use Is Low

    Bring-your-own-device (BYOD) is no longer the hot topic it once was — and that's because it has already happened. Even at businesses that resisted change or took no action, smartphones,...

    • Downloads: 93
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Back Up Your Critical Cloud Data Before It's Too Late

    Cloud-To-Cloud Backup Emerges As A Practical Option For Cloud Data Protection

    For years, it has been standard practice to back up your critical data. You store several copies locally for operational recovery and send copies off-site (electronically or physically) for disaster...

    • Downloads: 225
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Information Strategies Move Center Stage

    Vision: The Information Strategy And Architecture Playbook

    The flood of information coming from widespread digitization has created new opportunities and risks that business executives can't ignore. Forrester is seeing a dramatic uptick in the importance of...

    • Downloads: 721
  • 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: 897
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Getting The Most Out Of Open Data

    Well-Designed Programs, Partner Ecosystems, And Data Brokers Generate Innovation And Value

    Open data strategies — initially driven by goals of increased transparency and accountability in government spending and performance — are now shifting to supporting innovation and...

    • Downloads: 392
  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    Report:Show Me The Loot!

    Determine The Right Practices For Your Organization's BYOD Stipends

    In this age of the empowered, tech-savvy worker, more and more employees are bringing their unsecured devices to work and using them for work activities. To prepare for this tide of devices,...

    • Downloads: 226
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Mastering The Business Tablet Landscape

    Tablets are the darlings of hypermobile employees who want to be always connected and productive. They are the newest player in the mobile landscape and are even starting to be a viable alternative...

    • Downloads: 841
  • For Sourcing & Vendor Management Professionals

    Report:The Forrester Wave™: EMEA Workplace Services, Q2 2013

    Providers Driving Workplace Services In EMEA

    Workplace services are rapidly evolving far beyond their origins in desktop and desk-side management toward a post-desktop future in which end users' consumer-derived expectations dominate the...

    • Downloads: 514
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:2013 Mobile Workforce Adoption Trends

    More BYOD, More Devices, More Mobility, More Apple

    Have we hit peak bring-your-own-device (BYOD)? Which apps are most important on smartphones? How many employees are interested in Windows tablets? Do employees use mobile devices for work more at...

    • Downloads: 1414
  • 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 CIO Professionals

    Report:The Rise Of Personal Communications

    Social Media Collaboration Hijacks The Enterprise

    Employees are embracing a new type of communication and collaboration dynamic in the form of over-the-top (OTT)-based social media applications, like Skype, Google Hangouts, and Facebook Messenger....

    • Downloads: 343