Mary K. Pratt

Contributing Writer

Mary K. Pratt is a freelance writer based in Massachusetts.

The keys to modernizing legacy IT systems

6 secrets of highly innovative CIOs

6 secrets of highly innovative CIOs

Forward-looking CIOs are not only modernizing legacy systems, they’re redefining how IT works. Here’s a look at how to shift from an IT order-taker to a next-gen technology leader.

5 hurdles to adopting devops

5 hurdles to adopting devops

The devops journey involves significant changes in culture, processes and technologies. Here’s how to overcome the most common challenges along the way.

7 keys to a successful business intelligence strategy

7 keys to a successful business intelligence strategy

BI success requires more than just a strong technology platform. It takes laser focus on processes and personnel — and a business-first approach to gaining insights from data.

Business intelligence vs. business analytics: Where BI fits into your data strategy

While BI leverages past and present data to describe the state of your business today, business analytics mines data to predict where your business is heading and prescribe actions to maximize beneficial outcomes.

What is BI? Business intelligence strategies and solutions

Business intelligence (BI) leverages software and services to transform data into actionable intelligence that informs an organization’s strategic and tactical business decisions.

What is a business analyst and what do they do for software implementation projects?

What is a business analyst and what do they do for software implementation projects?

Business analysts have traditionally served as a bridge between an enterprise IT department and the business units to ensure that software has the functions that users need. But the role is evolving to include responsibility for...

Why IT projects still fail

Why IT projects still fail

Despite new methodologies and management techniques meant to head off spectacular failures, critical technical initiatives still fall flat at an alarming rate. Here’s how IT can learn from its mistakes.

Why online etiquette matters -- and why IT leaders should care
Q&A

Why online etiquette matters -- and why IT leaders should care

High-tech analyst Scott Steinberg, author of the book Netiquette Essentials, offers ideas for navigating social media networks with grace and discusses the crucial role CIOs play in promoting -- and enforcing -- good behavior online.

4 high-growth tech fields with top pay

4 high-growth tech fields with top pay

Salaries are rising for most IT jobs, but four specialties in particular stand out. Fortunately, these areas represent an enormous breadth of opportunities for IT professionals looking to advance their careers and boost their...

Experian CIO embraces APIs and microservices to improve data transfer
Q&A

Experian CIO embraces APIs and microservices to improve data transfer

Experian CIO Barry Libenson and his team used APIs to improve data transfer to divisions and customers, and ultimately speed the pace of innovation in the organization.

How CIOs cope when mobile app development goes rogue

How CIOs cope when mobile app development goes rogue

Business units often develop mobile apps on their own, turning to IT only when things go wrong. Better governance around business units and their mobile app demands can help alleviate the worst pain points.

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