Ann Bednarz

Assistant Managing Editor, Features

I write feature stories aimed at enterprise IT pros. I’m particularly interested in career-related subjects, such as hiring trends, salary data, in-demand skills and staffing strategies. I can’t resist stories about buildings and architectural design.

Meet me in the parking lot: Walking meetings hit their stride

4 reasons Microsoft Teams will kill Slack… and 4 reasons it won’t

4 reasons Microsoft Teams will kill Slack… and 4 reasons it won’t

Microsoft built Teams on the strength of its Office 365 productivity suite, a known and trusted entity for IT departments, and now it's set to go up against fan favorite Slack in the group communication and collaboration market.

IBM scores most patents in 2016, Apple just misses top 10

IBM scores most patents in 2016, Apple just misses top 10

The five companies that earned the most U.S. patents last year are the same five companies that dominated the 2015 ranking of top patent recipients: IBM, Samsung, Canon, Qualcomm and Google.

8 big data predictions for 2017

8 big data predictions for 2017

Research firm Ovum estimates the big data market will grow from $1.7 billion in 2016 to $9.4 billion by 2020. As the market grows, enterprise challenges will shift, skills requirements will change, and the vendor landscape will morph...

7 hiring trends for 2017

7 hiring trends for 2017

Hiring is a challenge for CIOs, and it won’t get much easier in the coming year, particularly for IT departments that are trying to fill key security and networking roles.

Now that's a perk: Seattle tech startup offers new parents the miracle of sleep

Now that's a perk: Seattle tech startup offers new parents the miracle of sleep

Parental perks are aimed at attracting more diverse workforce

What’s in store for tech in 2017

What’s in store for tech in 2017

It's the time of year for tech predictions. We've rounded up a slew of ideas from industry watchers who track IT budgets, cybersecurity, hiring, infrastructure management, IoT, virtual reality and more. Here are their predictions,...

Top reasons for network downtime

Top reasons for network downtime

New research paints a fairly bleak picture of network performance. Outages are frequent. Hours typically pass before an issue is reported and resolved. Protective measures are manual and error prone.

37% of IT pros to look for new jobs in 2017

37% of IT pros to look for new jobs in 2017

More than half of IT pros believe they’re underpaid, yet only 24% expect a salary increase greater than 5% in 2017, and only 12% expect a promotion, according to Spiceworks’ 2017 Tech Career Outlook.

Skills deficit hampers IoT growth in 2017

Skills deficit hampers IoT growth in 2017

IoT technology uses new network protocols, hardware and specialized software, and successful deployments will require expertise in cybersecurity, wireless networking, data science and industrial automation.

Speed to drive CIO agenda in 2017

Speed to drive CIO agenda in 2017

CIOs will be under pressure to deliver new products and services at a fast pace. Tech spending will increase a modest 2.9% in 2017.

IBM, LEGO offer Macs as recruiting tool

IBM, LEGO offer Macs as recruiting tool

In a tight labor market, employers aim to differentiate themselves on multiple fronts, including tech.

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