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 Security & Risk Professionals

    Report:Security's Cloud Revolution Is Upon Us

    Understanding Information Security Amid Major Cloud Disruption

    A perceived lack of security has been one of the more prominent reasons organizations cite for not adopting cloud services. However, this attitude is changing rapidly as cloud service providers...

    • Downloads: 907
  • For Sourcing & Vendor Management Professionals

    Report:Key Steps In Transitioning IT Services Engagements

    Outsourcing Transitions Are Becoming More Common — You Need To Prepare

    IT services customers are increasingly realizing that outsourcing engagements are not permanent, but are instead subject to economic, political, and relational pressures that may make them untenable...

    • Downloads: 324
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:The Forrester Wave™: North American ITSM Implementation Services Providers, Q2 2014

    Thirteen Big And Small Vendors Vie For Top Distinctions

    Pressure to deliver services faster and better isn't new for service management. However, in the age of the customer, where technology delivers value to external customers and the internal customers...

    • Downloads: 399
  • For Sourcing & Vendor Management Professionals

    Report:Stop Assessing Geographies And Suppliers Separately

    Clients Should Use Forrester's Vendor Viability Index To Optimize The Alternative Geography Supplier Selection Process

    As more companies expand their use of global delivery models, assessing the risk of potential countries and cities is crucial. Traditional approaches to location analysis have typically comprised...

    • Downloads: 137
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Embrace The Hybrid Technology Ecosystem For Service Design

    Processes: The Infrastructure Transformation Playbook

    Motivated by the explosion of third-party infrastructure, technology platform alternatives, and the growing popularity of cloud services, many organizations want to get out of the data center...

    • Downloads: 202
  • For Sourcing & Vendor Management Professionals

    Report:Prepare Your Services Sourcing For Future Success

    The way you source IT services is undergoing a revolution. The fundamental business requirements related to globalization — constant cost pressure paired with uncertain future market conditions...

    • Downloads: 353
  • For Sourcing & Vendor Management Professionals

    Report:The Forrester Wave™: North American Workplace Services, Q2 2013

    Evaluating Leading Providers Amidst A Category Redefinition

    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: 569
  • For Sourcing & Vendor Management Professionals

    Report:ASEAN IT Markets, 2012 To 2013: The Next Frontier To Growth

    The ASEAN3 countries (Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines) represent 78% of the IT spending of the ASEAN countries excluding Singapore. Indonesia and the Philippines will experience dynamic...

    • Downloads: 196
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Onboard The Business To Your Cloud Strategy

    Strategic Plan: The Cloud Computing Playbook

    It's all too easy for I&O professionals and technology management to build a strategy around any new technology area that is focused on delivering lower technology costs and greater operational...

    • Downloads: 1368
  • 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: 2859
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Four Common Private Cloud Strategies

    Align Your Expectations With Your Strategy

    From surveys, interviews, and inquiry calls, Forrester is seeing an emergence of four private cloud approaches that are driven by very different strategies and thus have variant scope and results....

    • Downloads: 903
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Infrastructure Services Evolve Into Digital Shared Service Delivery Models

    How Clients Can Participate In The Infrastructure Services Evolution

    Business requirements for more flexibility, higher efficiency, and shorter time-to-market are leading to a stronger willingness from clients to explore infrastructure services in more flexible and...

    • Downloads: 220
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:The Forrester Wave™: Enterprise Public Cloud Platforms In China, Q3 2015

    The 11 Providers That Matter Most And How They Stack Up

    Public cloud application platforms unlock the agility and economic advantages of cloud computing for digital business globally, but the enterprise public cloud vendor landscape in China is very...

    • Downloads: 138
  • For Sourcing & Vendor Management Professionals

    Report:Navigating The Dynamic Telecoms And Mobility Services Landscape

    The enterprise telecommunications and mobility (T&M) services landscape is complex and can be confusing for sourcing and vendor management executives. It also is highly dynamic, evolving quickly as...

    • Downloads: 470
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:ASEAN CIOs Will Face Tighter Budgets And Shifted Priorities In 2014

    The growth of the technology industry in ASEAN in 2014 will likely mirror that of the region's GDP — that is, it will lack intensity and vigor as CIOs continue to face pressure to cut...

    • Downloads: 161
  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    Report:Market Overview: Cloud Workload Security Management Solutions — Automate Or Die

    Security Must Scale To Large Numbers Of IaaS Workloads

    Cloud has become a viable, if not preferred, option for a variety of technology workloads, but securing cloud workloads is no easy business. Security and risk (S&R) professionals must implement and...

    • Downloads: 344
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:The Forrester Wave™: Traditional Disaster Recovery Service Providers, Q1 2014

    The Six Providers That Matter Most And How They Stack Up

    In Forrester's 45-criteria evaluation of traditional disaster recovery service providers, we identified the six most significant service providers — CSC, HP, IBM, Phoenix, Recovery Point...

    • Downloads: 415
  • 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: 239
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Forrester's Data Can Help CIOs Defend And Improve Tech Budgets

    2014 To 2015 Tech Budget Benchmarks

    CIOs often request tech budget benchmarks, and Forrester is once again providing these benchmarks using data from our Business Technographics® Global Budgets Survey. This report provides 2015...

    • Downloads: 401
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:What The Evolution Of Cloud Storage Means For I&O

    Over the last few years, the capabilities and reach of cloud storage services have evolved rapidly, with many organizations expressing interest in storage-as-a-service. With or without the support of...

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  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Five Seismic Forces Reshuffle The Workforce Vendor Ecosystem

    2012 brought a tectonic shift in worker technology requirements. Many more employees now purchase their own devices, bring them to work, and use them to conduct personal and professional activities...

    • Downloads: 406
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Benchmarking Australia And New Zealand Technology Budgets And Priorities In 2014

    CIOs Begin Supporting The Shift To The Age Of The Customer

    Setting, adjusting, and managing technology budgets is a challenge even in good years — and few CIOs would argue that there are many good years anymore! Even in growth times, CIOs face pressure...

    • Downloads: 250
  • For Sourcing & Vendor Management Professionals

    Report:The Changing Value Proposition For Midsized Outsourcers

    The Agility, Flexibility, And Specialization Of Midsized Players Is At A Premium In A Changing Technology Environment

    Choosing the right supplier for a particular engagement, out of a multitude of offshore vendors, is not an easy task; especially when considering the constantly evolving subtleties of cost and...

    • Downloads: 152
  • For Sourcing & Vendor Management Professionals

    Report:What Does It Cost To Source A Mobile App?

    Skill Level, Location, And App Complexity Drive The Cost Of Assembling Mobile IDEA Teams

    Mobile projects are everywhere as leading application development and delivery (AD&D) pros race to build better ways to engage employees, partners, and customers. Development leaders often struggle...

    • Downloads: 119
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Selecting Your Business Transformation Consultancy

    Industry/Customer Knowledge, A Track Record, Data, And Trust Are Key Consulting Differentiators For Large Complex Projects

    Business transformations are becoming riskier and more complex. They are increasingly global and cross-organizational in scope, require new technologies, and focus on customer needs over internal...

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