Stories by Patrick Thibodeau

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

Signs that IBM may be preparing for a round of job cuts

IBM tries to keep its layoffs out of the public eye as much as possible, although it fails miserably at this. The company took the unusual step of denying that it was on the cusp of a gigantic layoff amid reports of a possible new round of job cuts that may begin this week.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 28 January, 2015 23:24

Tags: Palm, IBM, IT careers, careers, IT management

Drone flights near White House test local restrictions

The quadcopter drone that crashed on the White House lawn early Monday was a recreation drone, among the same type that are flown on the National Mall across the street from the president's home.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 28 January, 2015 01:25

Tags: white house, Technology Law & Regulation, regulation, Federal Aviation Administration, legislation, government, youtube

A Doomsday Clock reading guide

The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists has moved its Doomsday Clock to three minutes to midnight, setting it two minutes forward. Its main reasons for the change: inaction on climate change and the proliferation of nuclear weapons.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 24 January, 2015 08:09

Tags: popular science, Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, environment

Tech industry may gain from Obama's free tuition plan

Seminole State College in Sanford Fla., near Orlando, graduates about 70 students annually with two-year degrees in its programming and networking programs. Local tech firms have helped to shape the college's courses.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 24 January, 2015 01:09

Tags: siemens, education, comptia, IT Skills & Training, government, industry verticals

Anti-H-1B senator to head immigration panel

The biggest enemy facing U.S. Senate Republicans in raising the H-1B cap are Senate Republicans.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 23 January, 2015 07:14

Tags: services, outsourcing, Microsoft, Sena, IT outsourcing

IRS warns of downtime risk as Congress makes cuts

Successive budget cuts by Congress are forcing the Internal Revenue Service to delay system modernization and improve its ability to prevent fraud.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 22 January, 2015 07:34

Tags: Government IT, Government use of IT, IRS, government, Internal Revenue Service

Cuba's pending tech revolution

Cuba is on the threshold of getting, potentially, a massive technology upgrade, thanks to a US decision to ease economic sanctions. But this tiny island nation needs a lot of work.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 17 January, 2015 08:24

Tags: Berkeley, white house, IT industry, University of California, IT management

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