Mary K. Pratt

Contributing Writer

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

Cross-functional teams: A new strategy for business success

Essential traits of business-driven IT leaders

Essential traits of business-driven IT leaders

The CIO role is quickly transforming into one responsible for driving business change. Here’s how to shake up your approach and envision — and realize — positive business outcomes.

What is a business analyst? A key role for business-IT efficiency

What is a business analyst? A key role for business-IT efficiency

Business analyst help guide businesses in improving processes, products, services and software through data analysis. These agile workers straddle the line between IT and the business to help bridge the gap and improve efficiency.

Essential practices of successful agile teams

Essential practices of successful agile teams

Effective agile transformations require the right team makeup, a laser focus on business outcomes, and approaches to management and training that break from the past.

7 keys to an effective IT automation strategy

7 keys to an effective IT automation strategy

Here’s how organizations are optimizing their use of automation technologies, moving from simple process improvement to true process transformation.

The digital future of healthcare

The digital future of healthcare

The healthcare industry is catching up to the digital revolution that has disrupted other sectors, as healthcare execs ramp up use of transformative tech to reshape patient care.

The keys to effective IT governance in the digital era

The keys to effective IT governance in the digital era

With technology and business change accelerating, CIOs must work with C-suite counterparts to update IT governance policies and practices for the digital age.

What it takes to be a true transformational CIO

What it takes to be a true transformational CIO

The CIO role has undergone significant change as organizations transition into digital enterprises. Here’s how to move beyond being an operational leader.

6 soft skills IT needs to succeed in the digital era

6 soft skills IT needs to succeed in the digital era

When it comes to transformation, tech expertise goes only so far. IT leaders must look for and develop traits not traditionally required for technologists in order to succeed in the years ahead.

6 practices of influential IT leaders

6 practices of influential IT leaders

In an era of continual business transformation, influence is a key leadership skill to lean on —one that must be developed and honed for success.

Moving agile beyond IT: The secret to successful software delivery

Moving agile beyond IT: The secret to successful software delivery

Creating an agile enterprise requires more than just implementing agile methodologies within IT. CIOs must spread the gospel to encourage participation from IT’s business colleagues.

How to build the next generation of IT leaders

How to build the next generation of IT leaders

Forward-thinking CIOs are setting up their organizations for sustained success by anticipating, articulating and developing the skills IT will need at the top in the years ahead.

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