Mary K. Pratt

Contributing Writer

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

Wearables in the enterprise? Yes, really!

Wearables in the enterprise? Yes, really!

Think wearables are just a consumer fad? Think again. Here’s how companies like DHL, Lee Company and Southern Co. are making a business case for wearables.

Big data's big role in humanitarian aid

Big data's big role in humanitarian aid

Mission-based organizations, including those helping the recent wave of Syrian refugees, are using big data to improve their response efforts.

How IT staffers keep pace at fast-growing organizations

How IT staffers keep pace at fast-growing organizations

Smart management tactics and agile processes give IT staffers the strength and stamina to support mushrooming business needs.

How to put your IT career on the fast track

How to put your IT career on the fast track

Many IT professionals say they would go all-out to land the best jobs, with the best benefits at the best companies. All it takes is up-to-the-minute skills and a whole lot of drive.

CIO says community service builds team bonds

CIO says community service builds team bonds

Pablo Ciano, CIO of DHL Express Americas, led an effort to implement and maintain a global process standard, delivering 120 core global applications and decommissioning 1,500 applications around the world.

CIO seeks 'disruptive opportunities'

CIO seeks 'disruptive opportunities'

Michael Nilles is not only the CIO at Schindler Group; he's also CEO of a new business unit that's leading the 140-year-old elevator maker's digital transformation -- an effort that includes the development of smart products connected...

10 hottest tech skills for 2016

10 hottest tech skills for 2016

Gunning for a banner year in IT? Make sure you have these skills in your toolbox.

Make analytics pay off for you and your customers

Make analytics pay off for you and your customers

When customers got a better experience, these companies got a revenue kick, thanks to accurate and timely analytics data in the hands of salespeople. 

Indy speedway CIO says a sense of urgency drives decision-making

Indy speedway CIO says a sense of urgency drives decision-making

Rhonda Winter, CIO at Hulman & Co., owners of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, says her IT degree and a background in manufacturing made her focused on business processes, and finding ways to deliver value quicker.

The secret to first-rate mobile apps for customers? Iterate, iterate, iterate

The secret to first-rate mobile apps for customers? Iterate, iterate, iterate

How four organizations tapped into fast-moving advances in mobile technology to crank up the functionality of their existing customer offerings.

Healthcare CIO takes pride in developing future leaders

Healthcare CIO takes pride in developing future leaders

When Sue Schade, stepped into the CIO's job at the University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers, she inherited an electronic health records project that was well underway. Once that initiative was completed, she restructured...

Law firm makes a case for security certification

Law firm makes a case for security certification

A big law firm handling sensitive documents uses its ISO security certification as a competitive differentiator
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How technology is nourishing the food chain

How technology is nourishing the food chain

New technologies are making food production more efficient and more environmentally sound. Here's how farmers are using everything from crop modeling tools to drones to generate higher yields.

Tech experts rake in the cash by teaching online

Tech experts rake in the cash by teaching online

As online education platforms like Udemy and Cybrary.IT proliferate, some IT pros are making good money by teaching online. Just beware those negative reviews from students.

Beach reads for techies 2015

Beach reads for techies 2015

IT pros share their reading plans for the summer and recommend their all-time favorite books for technologists. Elon Musk or Malcolm Gladwell, anyone?

Rent the Runway's CTO says a strong engineering department turns dreams into reality

Rent the Runway's CTO says a strong engineering department turns dreams into reality

Rent the Runway CTO Camille Fournier leads a 60-member team that has delivered innovations such as a one-of-a-kind platform that allows customers to shop by browsing photos of real women with similar body types.

Tips for landing a plum project manager's job

Tips for landing a plum project manager's job

As companies continue to invest heavily in new projects, IT staffers with project management skills are hot commodities. Here's how to get started.

Videoconferencing do's and don'ts (with video!)

Videoconferencing do's and don'ts (with video!)

Videoconferencing is gaining in popularity as companies seek to save time and money and boost collaboration. Whether you’re an on-site presenter or distant participant, here’s how to do a remote meeting right.

Automotive retailer drives into the cloud

Automotive retailer drives into the cloud

Asbury Automotive replaces three data centers with 100 percent cloud-based systems -- so IT staffers can spend most of their time working with the business.

Rise of the so-called citizen developer

Rise of the so-called citizen developer

Not every department has would-be programmers itching to write your company's next app. But for IT, harnessing the talents of business users who code can be well worth the effort of supporting them.

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