Mary K. Pratt

Contributing Writer

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

20 IT resolutions for 2020

Winning the war for cybersecurity talent

Winning the war for cybersecurity talent

Security leaders say they expect demand for talent to outstrip supply for at least the next several years. Your task: develop staffing plans that recognize that reality.

Recession-proof IT: How to survive and thrive through any economy

Recession-proof IT: How to survive and thrive through any economy

Leading authorities advise CIOs to have plans in place in advance of a possible downturn — and the best approaches and strategies are highly beneficial in good economic times as well.

Keys to a successful flexible IT staffing strategy

Keys to a successful flexible IT staffing strategy

With specialized skills in short supply, CIOs are increasingly turning to contingent workers to supplement in-house talent. Here’s how to ensure your workforce mix is on target and productive.

9 pitfalls to scaling innovation from pilot to production

9 pitfalls to scaling innovation from pilot to production

From a lack of a handoff plan to a failure to loop in business users at the right time, innovative projects all too often stall when pushed out into the real world. Here’s how to do it right.

The chief data officer: The CIO’s newest ally

The chief data officer: The CIO’s newest ally

As organizations shift to data-driven strategies, the CDO role is rising. But to succeed as an entity, the CIO and CDO must work in concert — with clear delineations in responsibilities.

What is business intelligence? Transforming data into business insights

What is business intelligence? Transforming data into business insights

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

Redesigning business processes for digital success

Redesigning business processes for digital success

CIOs find themselves in a unique position to re-imagine how their organizations operate in this digital age. Here’s how to develop a vision for business process reengineering and deliver.

10 change management mistakes to avoid

10 change management mistakes to avoid

Poor change management can be a transformation killer. Here’s how change initiatives can and do fail, and what can be done to course-correct.

10 IT modernization mistakes to avoid

10 IT modernization mistakes to avoid

Modernizing IT takes more than just replacing old tech with newer models. It requires a nuanced strategy that considers business needs and objectives alongside technical capabilities.

IT’s greatest skill shortage: Leadership

IT’s greatest skill shortage: Leadership

The rise of digital disruption and transformation has put a spotlight on IT’s need for leadership skills throughout the ranks. Here’s how organizations are addressing the void.

What is NoOps? The quest for fully automated IT operations

What is NoOps? The quest for fully automated IT operations

Automation has IT leaders eyeing the possibility of environments with no hands-on operations work. But this evolution of DevOps may be more pipedream than practical reality.

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