Profile of Mary E. ShacklettTechnology commentator and President of Transworld Data
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Mary E. Shacklett is an internationally recognized technology commentator and President of Transworld Data, a marketing and technology services firm. Prior to founding her own company, she was Vice President of Product Research and Software Development for Summit Information Systems, a computer software company; and Vice President of Strategic Planning and Technology at FSI International, a multinational manufacturer in the semiconductor industry.
Mary has business experience in Europe, Japan, and the Pacific Rim. She has a BS degree from the University of Wisconsin and an MA from the University of Southern California, where she taught for several years. She is listed in Who's Who Worldwide and in Who's Who in the Computer Industry.
Articles by Mary E. Shacklett
While nearly all organizations believe AI would benefit their operations, very few have implemented it. Here are four best practices that can speed your implementation.
Data fabrics offer an opportunity to track, monitor and utilize data, while IT architectures track, monitor and maintain IT assets. Both are needed for a long-term digitalization strategy.
Disgruntled employees can cause a lot of damage. Here's how to recognize when there's an issue and act before it becomes a problem.
Vendor management and contracts are more important than they've ever been, yet many organizations can't afford a separate contract management function. Here are some best practices for IT teams.
Employee turnover is expensive, and it's a job seeker's market out there. Here's how to hang onto the talent you already have.
IT teams have long been trying to economize energy consumption in data centers, but they still have a way to go. Here are eight approaches that IT can use to further green initiatives.
It’s easy to underuse and overspend on cloud assets. The good news is that there are tools and practices that IT can apply to better manage cloud assets and tamp down the waste.
A combination of older and newer technologies is making a difference in IT workload management. Here are six areas of IT automation that are delivering results today.
Natural language processing is the subset of AI that powers voice bots and text-based analytics. Here's how it's evolving in the enterprise.
There may be ways to further the life and usage of legacy systems while also exploring newer options.
Even busy CIOs need to make time for continuing education. Here are some key topics and courses that are worth your time in 2021.
The CIO-CFO dynamic has undergone some changes over the past 10 years. What are these changes and how do they influence corporate dynamics?
When disaster strikes, your public relations plan can be just as important as your disaster recovery plan. Here are three best practices for CIOs.
The growth of edge computing and IoT will require rearchitecting IT infrastructures. Here are some options to consider before you get started.
We’ve come a long way with autonomous computing. Here’s a look at what’s working in production, and areas that are still considered a work in progress.
Having a training budget has its positives and negatives, but based on my experience, it’s more beneficial for IT to fund and determine its own training needs.
With new security threats continuously emerging, what can organizations do to harden their security and to better protect themselves from network intrusions and avoid damage?
Your ability to explain artificial intelligence and its components to business leaders could mean the difference between acceptance and resistance. Here's how to do it.
IT leaders must step in with guidelines about when to develop applications using low code and no code, and when it’s necessary to develop in a full-code mode.
As more organizations adopt edge computing, they are also confronting new challenges. Among them are IoT and edge integration, security, support, durability and bandwidth.
Today, business analysts are expected to not only collaborate with business users as they have in the past but also to be active “doers” on IT projects that they undertake.
While the idea of monetizing IT and converting it into a profit center is attractive, there are plenty of elements that should be thought through before deciding to go forward.
Across industries, big data has joined traditional, structured data as a mission-critical element. Here’s some advice for CIOs and big data leaders on how to get started.
While audits are not fun, you can use them to your advantage and help improve IT throughout the organization.
What are the challenges for when it comes to succession planning, and what can IT leaders do to overcome them?
The exponential growth of citizen developers in organizations is forcing IT to rethink its role and the skillsets that it has historically valued. What are IT organizations doing to adjust?
Even with cloud, companies don't want to give up their internal data centers. Why do data centers have such staying power?
Among the IT functions changed forever by the COVID-19 pandemic is project management. The days of "walk around" project management seem to be gone. Some thoughts on what the future looks like.
There are five key challenges to getting edge computing devices to work with core enterprise IT systems, and several ways to work through those challenges.
Here are three steps IT teams can take to create a strategy for a unified IT architecture as they deal with surges in cloud adoption and greater demands for cloud services.
Here are six questions CIOs should ask themselves to assure that corporate governance and security are "up to the task" for remote work.
Best-of-class DR/BC plans cover both IT and the business. Unfortunately, in many companies, the emphasis for recovery is on the IT, and not on business operations.
How are these technologies connected, what are the implementation challenges, and how are companies using them?
Is it possible to transition most IT staff members into a remote workforce? How would this impact IT organizations, and what would be the challenges?
Here are some approaches and steps organizations can take to perform software maintenance while creating as much time as possible for new software development.
IT and end users need to collaborate and agree on policies and procedures for edge security, software updates, asset management and technology deployment.
While you might think of 5G wireless as a cool consumer tech concept, don't lose sight of the fact that it will have a significant impact on enterprise IT.
In an ever-changing work environment, organizations are exploring new ways to keep tech experts happy in a non-management role.
Data science and IT no longer are separate disciplines. Think of it as a partnership.
In an era when systems and applications are dispersed throughout the enterprise and the cloud, IT leaders have to rethink their disaster recovery plans.
Among the keys to successful IT automation is the need to ensure that senior management understands the importance of IT infrastructure, and then to show them the real business benefits.
CIOs: Now is the time to upgrade the level of professional management within your help desk function. Here's how.
In a modern enterprise environment, the IT group plays a key role in improving the customer experience and the organization's 360-degree view of each customer.
Yes, there are good reasons for some companies to stick with their legacy systems, at least to a point.
In an era when the glasshouse is gone it's time for a new work structure, with IT staff being stationed closer to the business users they support.
A key to success with an IoT strategy is to keep the IT group involved in the process even at the pilot stage.
A cloud strategy isn't just about committing to cloud resources, it can mean rethinking lots of IT management basics.
Turn shadow IT into a positive instead of a negative by adopting these five strategies.
The cloud changes the rules for disaster recovery. Enterprises have to ensure that cloud providers are engaged in developing and testing disaster recovery plans.
Project management is about more than shepherding software through the development process. Don't forget the humans and the team dynamic.
Food production, distribution, and retail operations usually run on thin margins. Reducing food spoilage and waste can increase profitability. Here's how IoT and Analytics can help.
Text analytics may be a new technology for many enterprises, but it offers compelling advantages. eDiscovery is among the early use cases. Here are some others for your consideration.
As mid-sized companies venture into analytics, one of the best places to start in terms of finding efficiency is right in the data center.
With the focus increasingly on real-time analytics, there are some new infrastructure technologies that are doing their part.