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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  • 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: 341
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:What You Need In A Mobile Collaboration App

    Forrester's Guide For Assessing Cloud Collaboration Vendors' Preparedness For The Mobile Mind Shift

    Helping an increasingly mobile workforce work with customers has been a catalyst for many Forrester clients to move toward cloud collaboration technologies like Box and Google Apps. However, to truly...

    • Downloads: 140
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Predictions 2014: Mobility And Computing Technologies In The Age Of The Customer

    Six Meta-Trends That Will Influence How You Ensure That Employees Have Access To The Right Technology In 2014 And Beyond

    In 2013, infrastructure and operations (I&O) professionals saw increased mobility and diversity in the technology that employees could use for their jobs get thrust into the forefront. In 2014, I&O...

    • Downloads: 796
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Document Collaboration Vendor Landscape

    In 2009, Forrester produced The Forrester Wave™: Collaboration Platform to evaluate a maturing vendor landscape for document collaboration solutions. Since that report, the market has seen...

    • Downloads: 861
  • For Sourcing & Vendor Management Professionals

    Report:Evaluating BI Services In Asia Pacific

    Local Delivery Capabilities Are Crucial For Project Success

    Organizations in Asia Pacific (AP) are increasing their investments in business intelligence (BI) tools, technologies, and strategies. However, lack of internal expertise remains a significant...

    • Downloads: 159
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Manage Your Customer Content In The Salesforce Context

    Enterprise Content Management Adds Value When Documents Drive Deals

    Salesforce has become a dominant platform for customer-facing sales and service professionals, as well as the marketing, operations, and technical teams that support them. Active users spend much of...

    • Downloads: 166
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Cloud Data Management Is Still Risky For Trusted Business Data

    Immature Data Governance Capabilities Strangle Business Value

    Organizations are adopting cloud for big data, self-service business intelligence, and omnichannel personalized customer engagement. The ability to scale and shrink quickly in a cost-effective manner...

    • Downloads: 261
  • 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: 859
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Transform Customer Experiences With Systems Of Insight

    Insights Masters Create Amazing Experiences With Digital Insight — And Point To What Enterprises Can Do

    Your business wants to grow its customer base and understands that customers will come only if experiences improve. You expect that lots of data and good analytics will help deliver these...

    • Downloads: 289
  • For Customer Experience Professionals

    Report:Four Questions That Free Employees To Access Customer Data

    A Guide For Customer Experience Pros Looking To Break Down Information Silos

    The vast majority of the information workforce directly supports customers or helps their organizations understand customers' behavior. But the way that organizations warehouse client data and...

    • Downloads: 127
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Industry Contexts And Constraints Diversify Approaches To Bring-Your-Own-Technology

    Pharmaceuticals, High-Tech, Professional Services, And Education Will Lead BYOT Adoption In The Coming Years

    This report examines how and why bring-your-own-technology (BYOT) varies across 20 industries. BYOT will remain a thorny issue for CIOs in every industry, geographic region, and company size over the...

    • Downloads: 413
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Market Overview: Google Apps Implementation Partner Ecosystem

    Google's Nimble, Cloud-First Partners Usher Clients Into Deeper Engagement With Google's Enterprise Offerings

    As enterprises implement Google Apps for Business, CIOs need assistance leading their organizations on the journey into the world of cloud services and cloud-supported devices. Google built a vibrant...

    • Downloads: 325
  • For Customer Insights Professionals

    Report:Asia Pacific Companies Embrace Customer Analytics, Part 1

    Market Conditions Shape Analytics Priorities

    Customer insights (CI) are an increasingly critical source of competitive differentiation in the age of the customer. Business and technology management leaders in Asia Pacific (AP) are actively...

    • Downloads: 115
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:TechRadar™: Big Data, Q3 2014

    Embrace A Broad Perspective On Big Data Technology

    When it comes to big data, an exclusive focus on Hadoop misses other ways of satisfying the demand of businesses to get more insight from more data more quickly. This report takes a broad view of big...

    • Downloads: 1087
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Assess The Capabilities And Impact Of Your Social Business And Collaboration Toolkit

    Assessment Framework: The Social Business And Collaboration Playbook

    Companies have been investing in collaboration tools for 15 years or more, yet email is still the most commonly used tool. New social tools that dramatically improve the flow of information and...

    • Downloads: 713
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Lost In Data Translation? Forrester's Data Taxonomy To The Rescue

    Business Case: The Customer Experience Ecosystem Playbook

    When it comes to data technology, are you lost in translation? What's the difference between data federation, virtualization, and data or information-as-a-service? Are columnar databases also...

    • Downloads: 494
  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    Report:Twelve Recommendations For Your Security Program In 2014

    Customer Trust And Digital Disruption Are Key Considerations For Your 2014 Security Strategy

    Every winter Forrester outlines 12 important recommendations for your security and risk management strategy for the coming year. These recommendations stem from our understanding of the current state...

    • Downloads: 1060
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:EA 2020 — The Transformation Of EA In The Age Of The Customer

    Customers are the key to business success. And changes in how customers engage with your business are forcing changes to marketing, product, and business strategies. In the "age of the customer,"...

    • Downloads: 595
  • For Sourcing & Vendor Management Professionals

    Report:Sourcing Dynamics For The New Mobile Workplace

    Support The Second Wave Of Mobile Workplace Services By Understanding The Needs Of Three Key Stakeholder Groups

    The future mobile workplace will become divided into three stacks according to individual, business unit, and overall business infrastructure requirements. To be effective in this new environment,...

    • Downloads: 266
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Managing Information Security In BYOT Environments In Asia Pacific

    I&O Professionals Need The Right Policies, Technologies, And Skills To Secure Enterprise Data

    Employees are rapidly embracing personal devices, consumer software, and public cloud services for work to increase personal productivity and efficiency, a trend that Forrester refers to as...

    • Downloads: 245
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Social Business And Collaboration Success Hinges On Effective Change Management

    Change Management: The Social Business And Collaboration Playbook

    It's often said, "You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink." Nowhere in the world of enterprise technology management is this adage more fitting than in social business and...

    • Downloads: 812
  • 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: 551
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Workforce Spotlight: Information Workers Want Keyboards With Their Tablets

    While Keyboards Face Relative Decline, Their Importance To Workforce Computing Remains Steady

    The value of tablets to workers lies in their hyper-portability: They allow workers to engage in computing scenarios in more places, adding relevance and convenience to the computing experience. With...

    • Downloads: 154
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Forrsights: Winning Software Strategies

    Unveiling The Software Strategies Of Top-Performing Companies

    During November 2011 and December 2011, Forrester surveyed 2,438 software decision-makers across Canada, France, Germany, the UK, and the US to determine their spending priorities around software. To...

    • Downloads: 183
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Global Business And Consumer Tablet Forecast Update, 2013 To 2017

    Tablets Streak Beyond Mass Market Status To Become Must-Have Devices In Developed Nations

    Apple — the vendor that created the modern tablet market — has sold more than 140 million iPads since the device's launch in April 2010. Since then, the tablet market has grown into a...

    • Downloads: 664