Ann Bednarz

Assistant Managing Editor, Features

I write feature stories aimed at enterprise IT pros. I’m particularly interested in career-related subjects, such as hiring trends, salary data, in-demand skills and staffing strategies. I can’t resist stories about buildings and architectural design.

It pays to be CIO: Median pay for 25 Fortune 500 CIOs tops $2.4M

It pays to be CIO: Median pay for 25 Fortune 500 CIOs tops $2.4M

How much do CIOs really make? To find out, we scoured the proxy statements of the 500 largest U.S. companies and found 25 that disclosed CIO pay.

 Pay packages of 25 Fortune 500 CIOs revealed

Pay packages of 25 Fortune 500 CIOs revealed

Compensation for CIOs includes cash, equity, perks.

12 fun, free summer classes for techies

12 fun, free summer classes for techies

MOOCs from EdX, Coursera and newcomer Kadenze tackle superheroes, science of cooking, alien worlds and more

Tired of sitting all day? Tech pros take a stand

Tired of sitting all day? Tech pros take a stand

Tech pros find ways to be active during the workday and break the sitting habit.

After breaches, higher-ed schools adopt two-factor authentication

After breaches, higher-ed schools adopt two-factor authentication

Boston University and University of Iowa tighten protection of user credentials with two-factor authentication.

Tech's highest paid CEOs

Tech's highest paid CEOs

Analysis of 50 tech CEO pay packages shows Apple chief Tim Cook getting one of the biggest raises and newcomers John Chen of Blackberry and Satya Nadella of Microsoft earning the most.

IT pros in retail are sold on these 6 products

IT pros in retail are sold on these 6 products

When we asked IT pros to name their favorite products, six respondents from the retail industry described their go-to tools.

Maker spaces boost student tech innovation

Maker spaces boost student tech innovation

Colleges and universities are making room for students to be inventive and entrepreneurial.

Akamai CSO takes a creative approach to finding security pros

Akamai CSO takes a creative approach to finding security pros

Andy Ellis, chief security officer at Akamai, doesn't try to hire perfect candidates. Here’s why.

Shortage of IT security pros worsens

Shortage of IT security pros worsens

Companies are struggling to hire security pros, which means job options are plentiful for veteran candidates. Cisco estimates a million unfilled security jobs worldwide.

5 team-building tips for IT

5 team-building tips for IT

Team dynamics can mean the difference between a healthy work environment and a toxic one.

Cooler than cubicles: 18 new designs for the office

Cooler than cubicles: 18 new designs for the office

Sit, stand, lean, curl up – today’s commercial furniture designs let users choose how they want to work.

Holiday blues: 49% of network managers, sysadmins expect to work the holidays

Holiday blues: 49% of network managers, sysadmins expect to work the holidays

Nearly half of IT pros will be working or on-call over the holidays to troubleshoot network, security and app problems, according to net management vendor Ipswitch.

Wanted for hire: Engineers with ideas of their own

Wanted for hire: Engineers with ideas of their own

Cambridge Consultants depends on the creativity of its engineers to solve problems for its clients.

IT modernization project makes the grade at North Carolina colleges

IT modernization project makes the grade at North Carolina colleges

Fourteen community colleges (and counting) have replaced slow, aged infrastructure with power- and space-saving alternatives.

16 tips for thriving as an IT contractor

16 tips for thriving as an IT contractor

Companies continue to supplement their full-time technical ranks with temporary contractors. Here’s how to make it work.

How giant companies see the cloud

How giant companies see the cloud

Cloud giantsImage by Chris KoehlerCIOs and cloud leaders at large enterprises -- Campbell Soup, Dow Chemical, GE, Nationwide, Western Union, Whirlpool and others -- talk about their successes and challenges as they deploy resources...

A closer look at CIO salaries, bonuses and perks

Median pay among 26 IT leaders is $2.2 million, according to our analysis of CIO compensation.

How to lure tech talent with employee benefits, perks

How to lure tech talent with employee benefits, perks

Flexibility is key as employers try to beef up their benefits packages and attract in-demand workers.

Healthcare IT pros laud security, privacy tools

Healthcare IT spending is projected to hit $34.5 billion in North America this year as organizations wrestle with healthcare reform, adoption of electronic records, and the proliferation of digital and wireless medical devices.

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