Stories by Mary K. Pratt

The security 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.

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 that's right for you.

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 to take.

The keys to modernizing legacy IT systems

Legacy technology can hinder your ability to meet changing market dynamics. Here’s how to prioritize and execute IT modernization efforts that drive business value.

5 hurdles to adopting devops

The devops journey involves significant changes in culture, processes and technologies. Here’s how to overcome the most common challenges along the way.

Beach reads for techies 2017

Looking for a great book to read this summer? Ten IT pros share their current reading lists and their all-time favorite books for technologists.

The No. 1 small place to work in IT: Noah Consulting

Noah Consulting is a completely virtual company -- its 89 employees live and work in various cities and states nationwide. But those 89 people say they feel completely connected with and supported by their colleagues and supervisors, and that's a big part of the reason why, for the second year in a row, the consultancy was named the No. 1 small employer on Computerworld's list of the 100 Best Places to Work in IT.

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

When it comes to videoconferencing, Daniel Post Senning would like to remind you the game is yours to win -- or lose. "Your ability to handle and manage [videoconferencing] tools says something about your professional brand and who you are," says Senning, author of <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BNPI7FQ/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00BNPI7FQ&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=emilypostcom-20">Emily Post's Manners in a Digital World, Living Well Online</a> and spokesperson with The Emily Post Institute. And that includes not just your technical savvy, but your social skills as well, Senning says.