Mary K. Pratt

Contributing Writer

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

10 tips for fostering a culture of continuous learning

Why IT projects still fail

Why IT projects still fail

Despite strategic alignment among IT and business leaders, technical and transformational initiatives still fall flat at an alarming rate. Here’s how IT can learn from its mistakes.

7 tips for selling the C-suite on IT investments

7 tips for selling the C-suite on IT investments

Salesmanship is a key skill in getting buy-in for IT spend. Here’s how to rally support for IT projects by crafting sales pitches that put busines benefits — not the technology itself — front and center.

Tech takes on its racist terminology

Tech takes on its racist terminology

MongoDB colleagues Garaudy Etienne and Marcus Eagan are among a growing wave of IT pros leading the difficult work of eradicating racist language such as ‘master/slave’ from tech tools and open-source projects.

10 IT budgeting mistakes to avoid

10 IT budgeting mistakes to avoid

Cost savings remains a huge area of focus for IT leaders, who have a ways to go before they master the complex task of building a great IT budget.

9 IT resolutions for 2021

9 IT resolutions for 2021

IT leaders share their visions on how they hope to transform their teams, their organizations, and themselves in the new year.

IT leaders’ top 15 takeaways from 2020

IT leaders’ top 15 takeaways from 2020

From IT’s resilience to the importance of being intentional, CIOs share insights on what 2020 has taught them about IT’s value to the business and what it means to work as a team.

5 myths and realities of IT culture change

5 myths and realities of IT culture change

To drive digital transformation, IT organizations must embrace change. Ineffective or outdated notions of what it takes can derail success.

10 tips for modernizing legacy IT systems

10 tips for modernizing legacy IT systems

IT modernization is a key component for establishing an agile, responsive enterprise. IT leaders lend advice on how to transform legacy tech into digital assets.

7 ways you’re failing your digital customers

7 ways you’re failing your digital customers

The pandemic has only accelerated the need to deliver digital capabilities that delight customers. Unfortunately, most IT organizations are coming up short.

How to speed up software development (without killing morale)

How to speed up software development (without killing morale)

In the wake of the pandemic, IT leaders are under increasing pressure to deliver solutions fast. But many CIOs are finding the steps they’ve taken to iterate quickly aren’t enough to support increasing business demands.

7 barriers to innovation worth breaking

7 barriers to innovation worth breaking

Conventional cultures produce conventional results. To truly innovate, you have to rethink how you incentivize risk, respond to requests, and make resources available for experimentation.

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