Mary K. Pratt

Contributing Writer

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

6 security metrics that matter – and 4 that don’t

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.

At JPL, IT ‘dares mighty things’

At JPL, IT ‘dares mighty things’

Best Places to Work in IT 2019: The Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s tech workers are given tools to ‘solve difficult problems that no one else has solved.’

CarGurus holds its own in tight labor market

CarGurus holds its own in tight labor market

Best Places to Work in IT 2019: The range of benefits offered by this automotive research and shopping website is a draw for top tech talent.

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.

Secrets of 'shift left' success

Secrets of 'shift left' success

The shift left movement is about bringing security into the software development cycle earlier through DevSecOps and other changes, yielding more secure software more quickly and at lower costs.

Best Places to Work in IT 2018

Best Places to Work in IT 2018

These 100 U.S. employers attract top tech talent with stellar benefits, challenging projects and plenty of opportunities for growth.

Evaluating patch management software: 6 key considerations

Evaluating patch management software: 6 key considerations

Given the breadth of software systems in any given organization and the volume of patches being released by vendors, patch management software is a critical capability within IT environments today. Here's how to choose the tools...

Why data analytics initiatives still fail

Why data analytics initiatives still fail

Strong data analytics is a digital business imperative — and it all begins with smart data governance practices and an emphasis on quality and context.

Future-proof your IT career with these critical skills

Future-proof your IT career with these critical skills

In the era of digital transformation, IT pros must adjust to a rapidly shifting technology and business landscape. Here’s a long-term look at where to aim your career in the years ahead.

6 steps for a solid patch management process

6 steps for a solid patch management process

Patch management is simply the practice of updating software – most often to address vulnerabilities. Although this sounds straightforward, patch management is not an easy process for most IT organizations. Here are the steps you need...

6 expert budgeting tips for IT leaders

6 expert budgeting tips for IT leaders

IT budgets must not only reflect short-term strategic plans but also drive innovation. Here’s how to ensure you’re delivering tactical IT and services that produce true digital transformation.

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