Articles By Mary K. Pratt

I know what you’re reading this summer

With summer here at last, offices are emptying out as workers head out for some well-deserved R&R.Even vacation-shy tech managers are venturing out of their cubicles, and when they do, they're trading their

Published on: July 9th, 2010 Mary K. Pratt

Letting go — How to tap the explosive power of delegation

CIO Asif Ahmad believes good managers aren't the ones who can do it all.Rather, the most effective managers are the ones know how to pick which tasks to do themselves and which to

Published on: May 21st, 2010 Mary K. Pratt

Internet hot spots could land you in hot water

Security experts say that employees are increasingly exposing personal and professional information unknowingly as they log in at Wi-Fi hot spots. Although these breaches haven't yet made big headlines, given corporate America's increasing

Published on: April 21st, 2010 Mary K. Pratt

5 smart ways to sell your tech idea to the suits

Thomas Murphy needed a new ERP system, and he needed $300 million to buy it.With a price tag that large, you'd think Murphy would add every justification he could think of to his

Published on: April 14th, 2010 Mary K. Pratt

Steer clear of false starts and launch a winning job search

The days when a decent résumé could get you into the right position are gone. Now more than ever, career experts say, you have to take a strategic approach to your job search

Published on: April 7th, 2010 Mary K. Pratt

How to negotiate a raise in a tough economy

Has anyone in your IT department managed to get a raise lately? Statistically, the answer is "probably not." Pay for IT employees -- as well as everybody else -- has been flat for

Published on: February 24th, 2010 Mary K. Pratt

5 strategies to shine in your job despite an unsupportive boss

IT managers are often skilled computer experts, a trait any techie can respect. But when it comes to managing people and advancing their employees' career goals, many fall flat. Is it possible to

Published on: February 1st, 2010 Mary K. Pratt

Top tips to energize and motivate burned out employees

In his many years in IT, Robert Rosen has had to lay off employees, implement hiring and pay freezes and oversee other budget-cutting measures that impact staff. And, like other executives in similar

Published on: November 18th, 2009 Mary K. Pratt

How to make big bucks on social media – and track what you make

Tech-savvy fans of the Georgia Aquarium got a special deal this past spring: a big discount on ticket prices. The aquarium offered 25 per cent to 40 per cent off admission prices from

Published on: September 22nd, 2009 Mary K. Pratt

Business ethics – companies don’t always walk the talk

The IT staff at Texas Health Resources Inc. must deliver more than technical functionality. And it needs to deliver more than the business requirements: It also has to meet the organization's ethical standards.

Published on: August 31st, 2009 Mary K. Pratt

Recession pushing firms to neglect business ethics

Information technology consultant Dena L. Smith lays out a hypothetical dilemma: Should an IT department hire a more expensive vendor because the vendor shares its own company's ethics standards, or should it go

Published on: August 27th, 2009 Mary K. Pratt

Six smart and cost-effective ways to train employees

Christina Hanger is chief operating officer at Worksoft Inc., a small, entrepreneurial software company in Addison, Texas. She has never had a big training budget, yet she acknowledges that a highly skilled technical

Published on: August 12th, 2009 Mary K. Pratt

Computers “changing our values, language, culture”

Imagine a world where your phone is smart enough to order and pay for your morning coffee. No more giving orders, handing over your payment or waiting in lines. No more face-to-face chit-chat

Published on: June 3rd, 2009 Mary K. Pratt

How to lose your job and alienate coworkers

A plunging stock market, crumbling budgets, layoffs and restructurings: So much of today's news is bad, so much of it can adversely affect your career, and so much of it is maddeningly beyond

Published on: April 14th, 2009 Mary K. Pratt

How to keep innovation and morale up in a down economy

Money issues now require much more of CIO Diana Melick's attention than they did in the past. The faltering economy has her forecasting costs and slashing budgets just like her peers, but Melick

Published on: March 3rd, 2009 Mary K. Pratt