Stories by Patrick Thibodeau

Automation arrives at restaurants (but don't blame rising minimum wages)

McDonald's this week told financial analysts of its plans to install self-ordering kiosks and mobile ordering at its restaurants. It isn't the only food chain doing this.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 24 October, 2014 21:28

Tags: Apple, Gartner, McDonald's, robotics

IBM's chip business sale gets national security scrutiny

IBM's plan to transfer its semiconductor manufacturing business to GlobalFoundries faces a government review over national security implications. It has the potential of being complicated because of IBM's role as a defense supplier.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 23 October, 2014 07:29

Tags: U.S. Army, IT industry, IBM, beca, globalfoundries, IT management, government

IBM prepares for a post-silicon world

IBM's decision to get out of the semiconductor manufacturing business may be of little consequence in a post-silicon world.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 21 October, 2014 06:45

Tags: IT industry, IBM, globalfoundries, IT management

IBM exits semiconductor business and recreates itself

With its decision today to sell its semiconductor business, IBM is shifting from manufacturing to a company that focuses on research, software and advanced systems development.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 21 October, 2014 00:22

Tags: Computer Processors, IBM, Components, globalfoundries, processors

Why datacentres can be massive, but not gigantic

The IT industry has long abused words, and will label almost any new product as innovative and disruptive. Data center developers, especially those who write the headlines about data centers, are particularly bad.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 17 October, 2014 21:43

Tags: Configuration / maintenance, hardware systems, nsa, Data Center

Despite recent gains, the best year for tech employment remains 2001

In 2001, the tech industry employed 6.5 million people. Then the bubble burst, and payrolls shrank dramatically.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 17 October, 2014 00:36

Tags: IT industry, Microsoft, comptia, TechAmerica Foundation, IT management, Hewlett-Packard

Steve Wozniak: Engineering matters

Steve Wozniak's love of engineering appears to be as bright today as it was when he built Apple's first systems.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 09 October, 2014 07:05

Tags: IT industry, Apple, hardware systems

Why we live in an anti-tech age

Though it seems as if we're sourrounded by innovative products, services and technologies, there's a growing counter argument that we're living in a dismal era. Science is hated. Real technological progress has stalled. And what we call innovation today really isn't very innovative.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 09 October, 2014 04:46

Tags: IT industry, Gartner, paypal, industry verticals, Stanford University

Gartner lays out its top 10 tech trends for 2015

The Internet of Things, and everything that's part of its universe, including smart machines, pervasive analytics and 3D printing, are on Gartner's annual list of strategic technologies for the year ahead.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 08 October, 2014 06:57

Tags: IT industry, Gartner, Capital One, Capita, intel, industry verticals, Path

Microsoft's Nadella on Windows 9: 'It came and went'

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said Windows has been re-architected to give it a central role in the Internet of Things.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 08 October, 2014 06:13

Tags: Gartner, Microsoft, CIO role, IT Leadership, IT management

HP users say corporate split might work

ORLANDO - Enterprise users see Hewlett-Packard's surprise decision to split itself as a good move -- as long as it leads to improvements in prices, services and support.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 07 October, 2014 05:13

Tags: business issues, HP, IT industry, Gartner, eds, Hewlett-Packard

Smart gun inspires smart mouse

Glenn Kaufman, a cybersecurity engineer at defense contractor Raytheon, had been searching for ways to improve computer authentication. He read about an effort to use pressure sensitive gun grips to authenticate a gun owner, and wondered if something similar might work for a computer mouse.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 04 October, 2014 05:54

Tags: popular science, emerging technology, raytheon

States worry about ability to hire IT security pros

States' efforts to improve cybersecurity are being hindered by lack of money and people. States don't have enough funding to keep up with the increasing sophistication of the threats, and can't match private sector salaries, says a new study.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 03 October, 2014 23:35

Tags: security, IT Skills & Training

H-1B whistleblower files new federal lawsuit

H-1B whistleblower Jay Palmer filed a civil lawsuit Thursday against Infosys, in another bid for damages over allegations of ill-treatment. It is Palmer's second attack in federal court, but it takes a new approach by citing the whistleblower protections in the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 03 October, 2014 09:31

Tags: business issues, personnel, infosys, IT outsourcing

Supercomputing upgrade produces high-resolution storm forecasts

A supercomputer upgrade is paying off for the U.S. National Weather Service, with new high-resolution models that will offer better insight into severe weather.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 03 October, 2014 05:51

Tags: supercomputers, High performance, hardware systems, U.S. National Weather Service

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