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:Market Overview: Use Project Services To Accelerate Infrastructure Transformation

    In the face of unprecedented and escalating demands on information technology brought on by the age of the customer, infrastructure and operations (I&O) professionals are being forced to rapidly...

    • Downloads: 130
  • For Sourcing & Vendor Management Professionals

    Report:Applications Outsourcing Pricing Models: Beyond The Managed Outcome Engagement

    Pricing And Packaging Models Are Shifting — Slowly

    With IT investment focus shifting rapidly toward enabling front-office business results, interest in alternative pricing models for applications outsourcing engagements is on the rise. Though change...

    • Downloads: 483
  • 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: 158
  • For Sourcing & Vendor Management Professionals

    Report:Best Practices For Continuous Improvement In Outsourcing

    Many outsourcing relationships don't evolve much because they are lacking continuous improvement (CI), one of the important elements in outsourcing contracts. IT organizations want to keep their...

    • Downloads: 423
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Embrace Future Trends To Deliver HRM Business Impact

    This report outlines the future outlook for application development and delivery (AD&D) professionals working with human resources executives on their applications and business process innovation...

    • Downloads: 1190
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Budgets And Priorities: Global Benchmark 2012

    Strategic Planning Forrsights For CIOs

    CIOs are under more pressure to do more things, do them faster, and do them with less money than ever before. This has made the IT budget process increasingly stressful and often contentious, as...

    • Downloads: 747
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:How To Successfully Set Up IT Infrastructure For Your Business In China

    For the thousands of foreign companies that establish business operations in China every year, one of the first things on their to-do lists is setting up IT infrastructure, including horizontal and...

    • Downloads: 229
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Market Overview: EMEA Infrastructure Services Outsourcing In 2015

    Infrastructure Services Are Adapting To The BT Agenda In EMEA

    As organizations look to innovate their business technology, technology managers seek partners that can help them provide better, faster, and more cost-effective infrastructure services. This is...

    • Downloads: 295
  • 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: 111
  • For Sourcing & Vendor Management Professionals

    Report:Prepare Your Vendor Selection For The Future Of Services Sourcing

    Selecting the right vendor for your IT services needs is becoming increasingly important as the solutions in the IT services marketplace evolve and change and the importance of strong business...

    • Downloads: 356
  • 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: 1668
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Use Outsourcers To Build Your Omnichannel Customer Service Future

    Toss Out Outdated Attitudes About BPOs Due To Their Expertise In Chat, Social, And Even Customer Context Stores

    Customer service has decidedly moved away from a phone-only world. Consumers across all ages and demographics have adopted digital customer service channels such as chat, mobile, web, and social....

    • Downloads: 165
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Adoption Profile: Hosted Private Cloud, North America And Europe, Q3 2014

    A common business technology (BT) agenda request that we receive from our infrastructure and operations (I&O) clients is baseline adoption data for hosted private cloud to inform their cloud...

    • Downloads: 198
  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    Report:Understand The State Of Network Security: 2013 To 2014

    Throughout the year, Forrester analysts engage in hundreds of discussions with vendors and end users about security architecture and operations. Analysis of B2B survey data from Forrester's...

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  • 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...

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  • 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 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: 342
  • For Sourcing & Vendor Management Professionals

    Report:Market Taxonomy: Product Development Services, Q1 2013

    Provider Capabilities Vary By Vertical And Domain Focus

    The product development services market is transforming. Stagnant growth in the telecom and independent software vendor (ISV) markets has forced a shift in focus toward industries such as healthcare,...

    • Downloads: 290
  • 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...

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  • 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: 160
  • For Sourcing & Vendor Management Professionals

    Report:Three Trends That Will Influence Your 2014 Outsourcing Plans

    Outsourcers Are Aiming To Be Partners Rather Than Suppliers, And SVM Professionals Need To Adjust

    As enterprises enter the second half of this decade, we will witness a shift in the role external vendors will play in helping clients meet their business objectives. Technology initiatives focused...

    • Downloads: 376
  • For Sourcing & Vendor Management Professionals

    Report:Pricing Data Center Services

    Managed DC Services Move From A Dedicated Into A Shared Service Model

    The pricing of managed data center (DC) services, like server and storage management and database administration, is changing rapidly. Decreasing hardware costs, increasing efficiency, and the use of...

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  • 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: 489
  • 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: 183
  • 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: 319