Articles By Mary K. Pratt

Green IT in 2009…lots of awareness, hardly any budget

The idea that IT has grown green is still largely a myth.Technology industry leaders, analysts and environmental advocates say there are plenty of opportunities for organizations to create more Earth-friendly operations but companies

Published on: December 31st, 2008 Mary K. Pratt

Seven common PC problems and what to do about them

As a small-business person, you might bemoan the fact you don't have 24/7 IT support like your larger-scale competitors. Don't panic. You can solve many of the most common computer problems yourself. Here

Published on: November 26th, 2008 Mary K. Pratt


Rebecca Paddock needed a way to prepare for her move from a test engineer job to a systems engineer position. So, inspired by the 100-day plans U.S. presidents historically use when they first

Published on: October 29th, 2008 Mary K. Pratt

A green IT checklist: From first steps to stretch goals

Chief Technology Officer Arvind Thapar wants to bring new green technology to his company, but his proposed initiative -- installing wind turbines to generate power -- is decidedly outside the usual realm of

Published on: October 15th, 2008 Mary K. Pratt

Technology that’s green from the roots up

FRAMINGHAM (08/04/2008) - HP saw potential in used water bottles. Hewlett-Packard Co. found a way to turn those old bottles, along with other types of recyclable consumer plastics, into ink-jet printer cartridges. In

Published on: October 10th, 2008 Mary K. Pratt

Seven project management techniques that will help you land that dream job

Project management skills produce results. As a former project manager, Joe Ruck knows that. And he knows that those same skills that produce corporate results are also personal assets.The discipline that brings in

Published on: September 17th, 2008 Mary K. Pratt

Five manager mistakes that make valuable employees quit

Managers' reality check: Your top workers can almost always get another job, even in a shaky economy. "The best employees are being recruited at any given time. Managers need to make that assumption

Published on: August 25th, 2008 Mary K. Pratt

Smart software helps hospital reduce medical complications, save lives

The statistics were telling: 15 per cent to 20 per cent of neurosurgery patients developed infections in the drains that neurosurgeons implanted to draw away fluids, a complication that not only threatened lives,

Published on: August 14th, 2008 Mary K. Pratt

Six ways to ensure your IT budget doesn’t bomb

Given the murky economic outlook, budgetary efficiency is an increasingly important part of every IT leader's job. In fact, according to "The State of Enterprise IT Budgets: 2008," a March report from Gartner

Published on: July 22nd, 2008 Mary K. Pratt

Five things your boss never wants to hear

In the information biz, more isn't necessarily better. Though full disclosure and transparency are buzzwords today, that doesn't mean your boss wants to hear about everything going on in the office. In fact,

Published on: June 23rd, 2008 Mary K. Pratt

Backstabbers, career breakers, emerging megatrends – what all IT workers should watch out for

Caution: Watch for backstabbers, career breakers and emerging megatrends.That warning should come with each IT job, but it doesn't. As a result, most IT professionals have stories about the ones they never saw

Published on: March 24th, 2008 Mary K. Pratt

How to figure out what your boss really wants

Hank Leingang was interviewing for the CIO post at a major company when his internal alarm bell went off.He realized that the other executives were engaged in an ongoing debate over what the

Published on: March 24th, 2008 Mary K. Pratt

Taking risks may be the smartest way to advance your IT career

Risk assessment is a huge part of IT. It's also a huge part of an IT professional's career. Risk can stop you in your tracks or propel you forward, but no matter how

Published on: February 26th, 2008 Mary K. Pratt