Stories by Patrick Thibodeau

IT workers' voices heard in the Senate, confidentially

WASHINGTON - A Senate Judiciary Committee hearing today on the H-1B visa offered up a stew of policy arguments, positioning and frustration.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 18 March, 2015 07:57

Tags: Compete, outsourcing, FWD.us, WD, Sena, H-1B, GT, Consumer Electronics Association, IT outsourcing, services

IBM workforce declined 12 per cent in 2014; losses tied to corporate divestitures

IBM's global workforce declined 1212 per cent last year, with most of the decrease due to corporate divestitures.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 12 March, 2015 07:10

Tags: IBM, IT careers, globalfoundries, careers, Lenovo, IT management

Clinton regrets, but defends, use of family email server

Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Tuesday that, in hindsight, her decision to use a private email server to conduct official business was not the best one. But she is defending it and said the system was secure.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 11 March, 2015 07:52

Tags: Government IT, Government use of IT, U.S. Secret Service, State Department, government

HP creates new server line for Cloud computing

As more computing moves to cloud-based data centers, Hewlett-Packard is moving there, too.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 11 March, 2015 07:24

Tags: HP, cloud computing, intel, internet, Hewlett-Packard

HP creates new server line for cloud computing

As more computing moves to cloud-based data centers, Hewlett-Packard is moving there, too.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 10 March, 2015 22:51

Tags: HP, Configuration / maintenance, hardware systems, Data Center, intel, Hewlett-Packard

State Department ducks security questions about Clinton emails

A week before former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was sworn into office in January 2009, clintonemail.com was registered as domain. It became Clinton's principal email address as secretary of state, and its use was known by U.S. officials.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 09 March, 2015 22:57

Tags: Government IT, Internet-based applications and services, Government use of IT, security, Mail, State Department, government, internet

Clinton's shadow IT would not have passed private sector muster

There are many questions regarding former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's use of her private email to conduct official business. A leading one is whether the department's IT managers did anything to question or stop it.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 06 March, 2015 08:19

Tags: Government IT, Government use of IT, State Department, government

Sensor tech makes predicting the future easier to do

LAS VEGAS - We no longer need seers, oracles and psychics to tell us about the future. The declining cost of sensor technology and the availability of cloud-based analytical platforms is making predictive analytics accessible to every industry and most products.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 28 February, 2015 08:07

Tags: Internet of Things, internet

IBM's Cloud pitch aims for the gut

LAS VEGAS: IBM has made its case as the enterprise Cloud vendor, and it did so without overtly criticising other vendors. On a large stage in a big arena, IBM officials seemed low key, almost humble, in a presentation that nonetheless ended with a jab to the heart.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 24 February, 2015 12:17

Tags: IBM, cloud computing, internet

In six months, the White House has replaced its top IT leaders

Steven Spielberg's biopic, Lincoln, included a famous line President Lincoln may or not have said: "I am the President of the United States, clothed with immense power." That description might apply today to D.J. Patil.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 21 February, 2015 02:09

Tags: Government IT, white house, Government use of IT, skype, LinkedIn, ebay, paypal, government

So Cal Edison's path to the center of the H-1B debate

Southern California Edison was known for good pay and benefits before it began laying off IT workers and replacing them with H-1B visa holders.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 13 February, 2015 07:46

Tags: services, EE, outsourcing, IEEE-USA, IT outsourcing

More than 1 billion records breached in 2014

In IT security, worst case scenarios became commonplace in 2014, and there's no end in sight. Headline-making data breaches will likely continue into this year, as businesses, governments and regulators play catch-up to this threat.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 12 February, 2015 22:08

Tags: Anthem, data security, Gemalto, security, data protection

Southern California Edison layoffs get U.S. Senate attention

Southern California Edison's replacement of IT workers with H-1B workers is getting attention from one U.S. lawmaker who is in a positon to influence immigration law.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 07 February, 2015 07:42

Tags: Technology Law & Regulation, legal, Sena, H-1B

White House wants 10% hike in cybersecurity spending

The White House, citing the peril posed to the government and private sector by cyberattacks, wants more money for cybersecurity research, technology and investigators.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 04 February, 2015 01:08

Tags: Government IT, white house, Government use of IT, government

NOAA's next supercomputer will be a Cray-IBM hybrid system

On Jan. 14, the U.S. upgraded its main weather forecasting model, which subsequently did a very good job in predicting the track of last week's East Coast blizzard. It correctly predicted that heavier snows would be east of New York City, even as the official weather forecast -- based on a mix of computer models -- had the city getting buried in two feet of snow.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 03 February, 2015 00:02

Tags: U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, supercomputers, High performance, IBM, high performance computing (HPC), hardware systems, Cray, U.S. National Weather Service

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