Ted Schadler

VP, Principal Analyst

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Future Fit Companies Build Success Through Partner Ecosystems

Ted Schadler June 10, 2021
Struggling to achieve breakthrough levels of innovation? VP, Principal Analyst Ted Schadler explains how to maximize creativity through co-innovation with partners.
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Creativity Catalyzes A Growth Mindset In Business

Jay Pattisall April 22, 2021
Firms that embrace creativity as a way of thinking and working to supercharge their individual and collective problem-solving can develop potent products, services, processes, and experiences. You must develop and codify it in your company's teams, mindset, and practices. Learn how to apply creativity as an operating principle to fuel their business.
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Look For A Full-Service Partner To Support Your Commerce Transformation

Ted Schadler March 22, 2021
The pandemic made it immediately and poignantly clear that every company in every industry needs a robust omnichannel commerce strategy and set of capabilities. But your specific needs depend greatly on your industry, business model, e-commerce history, and priorities. Consumers want full-journey, omnichannel experiences. This requires a common strategy and toolkit; increasingly, a real-time customer […]
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The Future Of Services Is Value Orchestration

Ted Schadler November 9, 2020
After a year of interviews and a review of Forrester’s 20-year history of research into professional and technology services — global delivery, cloud integration, asset-based consulting, and digital transformation — we have reached a conclusion: We live in a post-cloud world. When companies can tap the value and innovation of 100,000 business and technology services […]
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Predictions 2021: “COVID Wrote The Business Case — Our Future Is Digital”

Ted Schadler October 29, 2020
In 2020, digital shifted from nice-to-have to must-have. In 2021, companies will accelerate their digital transformation with a focus on customers and what, where, and how to serve them.
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(Re)Launching Forrester’s Commerce Services Coverage

Ted Schadler July 15, 2020
Forrester is (re)launching its commerce services research. I will be tackling this complex and important analysis to help retailers, brands, and manufacturers choose the best strategy/design/implementation/integration/operations service partners, extending Senior Analyst Lily Varon’s work from a few years ago. Regardless of your category or scenario — B2C, B2B, eCommerce replatforming, pivot to omnichannel, personalization, extension […]
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Adobe’s Service Partners Are What Will Make It A Proper Enterprise Software Company

Ted Schadler June 26, 2020
Adobe strives to be an enterprise software company with the same reach and influence as Microsoft, Oracle, Salesforce, and SAP. It successfully pivoted its creative tools business into a proper software-as-a-service offering. It built on that creative marketing and agency customer connection by acquiring Day Software, Neolane, Omniture, and more software vendors to enter the […]
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The Pandemic Recession Demands A Digital Response

Ted Schadler June 24, 2020
Businesses have never valued digital agility as much as they have during the COVID-19 pandemic. But how do you apply the lessons you’ve learned this year to your long-term plan? VP Ted Schadler provides insights.
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FORRward: A Weekly Read For Tech And Marketing Execs

Emily Collins June 15, 2020
A Flash-Point Week For Facial Recognition Last week, IBM, Amazon, and Microsoft came out and made some big announcements on how they intend to halt or ban the use of facial recognition technology for law enforcement. At a time when privacy and civil rights dominate the zeitgeist, these values-based decisions will force much-needed dialogue on the ethics of facial recognition […]
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FORRward: A Weekly Read For Tech And Marketing Execs

Emily Collins June 1, 2020
Brands Pledge To Stand With The Black Community In the aftermath of George Floyd’s murder, citizens are taking to the streets to protest institutionalized racism. Brands are speaking out, too, because, as Netflix tweeted, “To be silent is to be complicit.” Netflix joins brands such as Google, Nike, Peloton, and Target (whose stores were looted) in taking a vocal anti-racist stance. Firms hear consumers’ desire to align with brands that share their values and are emboldened to make […]
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FORRward: A Weekly Read For Tech And Marketing Execs

Emily Collins April 27, 2020
COVID-19 Is Proving That Consumer Voices Can Influence Business Decisions Last week, major corporations learned firsthand the power of values-based consumers. Many received harsh backlash after applying for and receiving funds from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), intended to help small businesses keep their workforces employed amid the COVID-19 crisis. The US government allocated $349 billion to the program, but many small businesses were denied after larger players received […]
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FORRward: A Weekly Read For Tech And Marketing Execs

Emily Collins April 20, 2020
The March Numbers Are In: Retail Sales Are Down But Not Out The United States Census Bureau released preliminary figures for March sales in the US on April 15, which provided an official glimpse of the impact of COVID-19 on the US economy and retail spend. We expect the upcoming slate of earnings releases to reinforce the following narrative: Consumer spend is up at grocery stores (including alcohol […]
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To Accelerate Transformation, Think Beyond The RFP When Seeking Services Partners

Ted Schadler April 16, 2020
Thanks to Emma Huff, a senior RA on our team, for this post. When it comes to digital transformation, your service providers are not “extra hands on deck.” They can and should be partners in strategic thinking and bring to the table industry best practices, creative design, operational execution, and organizational change management. The Forrester Analytics Global Business Technographics® Business And Technology Services Survey, […]
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The Promise And Peril Of Apple And Google’s Alliance

Julie Ask April 14, 2020
The new contact tracing partnership provides both optimism and challenges in the fight against COVID-19. Find out how the tracking will work and what its limitations may be.
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FORRward: A Weekly Read For Tech And Marketing Execs

Emily Collins April 6, 2020
Remote Work Is Having A Moment: Ensure Employee Productivity Now COVID-19 is forcing companies across the globe to rapidly transition their workforces from the office into the home. Ninety-eight percent of Goldman Sachs employees are working remotely, and in the first two weeks of March, Cisco customers spent 5.5 billion minutes in virtual meetings. Our research shows that remote and […]
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Multilayer Maps Can Guide COVID-19 Public Health Strategy

Ted Schadler March 26, 2020
Vice President Ted Schadler explores how combining data sources with mapping capabilities can create tools to inform public health decisions.
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FORRward: A Weekly Read For Tech And Marketing Execs

Emily Collins March 16, 2020
Pandemic Forces Agencies To Rethink Employee Experience A slew of industry event cancellations and delays — such as the live network upfronts, Advertising Week Europe, or the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity — is forcing marketers and their agencies to rethink how to best work during a pandemic. With most agency holding companies deferring travel and […]
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FORRward: A Weekly Read For Tech And Marketing Execs

Emily Collins March 9, 2020
PandemicEX: The Employee Experience Of A Pandemic The health and economic impacts of the novel coronavirus and the disease it causes, COVID-19, are important to track. But what about the effect on your employees? As our security and risk team wrote early on in this epidemic, not only do companies need a business continuity plan, but […]
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Don’t Buy Software Without A Services Partner At The Table

Ted Schadler March 2, 2020
In a cloud environment, service providers and software vendors must work closely together. Learn how you can foster that partnership.
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FORRward: A Weekly Read For Tech And Marketing Execs

Emily Collins February 10, 2020
It’s Time To Treat The Discipline Of Software With Respect This isn’t another dig into an already told story about Iowa’s failed app. By now, everyone knows that the app — designed to collect caucus numbers in Iowa — bombed brutally (it ruined the nights of 1,600 caucus managers and countless others). Our insight: We must better embrace the challenges and importance of software with structures that […]
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