Stories by Patrick Thibodeau

5 facets of the coming Internet of Things boom

Predictions that the Internet of Things (IoT) will usher in a new era of prosperity get some backing in a new study by consulting firm McKinsey & Company.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 30 June, 2015 07:26

Tags: Internet of Things, McKinsey & Company, internet, McKinsey

Coal plant fires, Google hires

Google is building a $600 million data center on the grounds of a soon-to-close coal plant in northeastern Alabama. The project may create an iconic image of the shifts in the economy.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 26 June, 2015 06:22

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

One in three datacentre servers is a zombie

A new study says that 30% of all physical servers in data centers are comatose, or are using energy but delivering no useful information. What's remarkable is that that percentage hasn't changed since 2008, when a separate study showed the same thing.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 20 June, 2015 02:36

Tags: Configuration / maintenance, Uptime Institute, hardware systems, Data Center, McKinsey, Stanford University

Revisiting Jeb Bush on the H-1B visa -- and the displaced IT worker who asked for help

Florida has a history when it comes to the replacement of U.S. workers with foreign workers on temporary visas. It ought to be a familiar story to former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who on Monday announced plans to run for the Republican presidential nomination.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 17 June, 2015 07:12

Tags: siemens, services, outsourcing, H-1B, IT outsourcing

Stung, White House orders rapid cybersecurity fixes

The White House has ordered federal agencies to take immediate steps to make some basic cybersecurity fixes. The move follows a massive breach of government employee records.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 16 June, 2015 06:16

Tags: white house, security

HP to help turn Avatar sequels into a digital attraction

The 2009 sci-fi blockbuster Avatar created a stir with audiences and critics for its themes, storytelling and special effects. Three sequels are in the works, with the first planned for release in December 2017. But this time around, Avatar may become much more than a film.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 05 June, 2015 00:00

Tags: HP, IT industry, three, IT management, Hewlett-Packard, 20th Century Fox

HP unveils new minimalist logo as it prepares to split

Hewlett-Packard, the last of the large monolithic IT enterprise firms for everything from supercomputers to Unix and tablets, was put to rest this week.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 04 June, 2015 01:06

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

Who should get the blame in IRS breach?

If cybercrime is visualized as a river, its headwaters may be in a doctor's office in places such as South Florida. It's here where a cellphone photograph of a medical form filled out by a patient can be sold for a minimum of $10.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 02 June, 2015 20:45

Tags: IRS, security, data privacy, Sena, privacy

Intel works to end "lost" data center devices

Many data centers today inventory physical assets the same way grocery stores track food, with barcodes and scanners. It's not efficient and a certain percentage of assets will become "lost" because asset databases haven't been updated.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 30 May, 2015 05:58

Tags: Configuration / maintenance, Google, hardware systems, intel, Data Center

IRS cut its cybersecurity staff by 11% over four years

The Internal Revenue Service, which disclosed this week the breach of 100,000 taxpayer accounts, has been steadily reducing the size of its internal cybersecurity staff as it increases its security spending. This may seem paradoxical, but one observer suggested it could signal a shift to outsourcing.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 29 May, 2015 00:32

Tags: Government IT, IRS, security, Treasury, Internal Revenue Service

IBM defends use of temp visa workers

IBM says the growth in technologies such as cloud, analytics, mobile and security is "exacerbating the skills shortage" in the tech industry, and underscores the need for temporary foreign tech workers.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 23 May, 2015 03:11

Tags: Xerox, IBM, Microsoft, IT careers, qualcomm, careers, H-1B, IT management, emc, white house, Dell

H-1B employees crowd out other workers, says study

The battle over the H-1B visa is mostly a battle of brute political muscle on Capitol Hill, coupled with campaign spending. But in the quieter academic sphere, the visa is a topic of ongoing research, and a new paper by three economists is challenging some of the assertions made by the tech industry that H-1B workers deliver economic gains.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 13 May, 2015 04:29

Tags: Lotte, visa, IT careers, Treasury, careers, H-1B, IT management, Internal Revenue Service

Is IT work getting more stressful, or is it the Millennials?

IT work can be stressful, which has always been true. But a new survey says the stress level in IT may be rising. But why?

By Patrick Thibodeau | 09 May, 2015 06:08

Tags: IT careers, careers, GFI Software, IT management

All hail the next big job, the chief IoT officer

In the near future, you may hear about the appointment of a Chief Internet of Things (IoT) Officer. Before you roll your eyes and chortle at the thought of another chief-of-something, consider the problem.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 08 May, 2015 20:14

Tags: IT careers, careers, IT management

Economist: The Internet of Things will deliver surge of productivity

The view from Harvard's Michael Porter, an economist noted for his work on competition, is that the last 10 or 15 years have been "pretty dismal" for the economy. The IT- and Internet- driven innovations over the past four decades or so have played themselves out. The rate of investment and innovation "has been slowing down," he said.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 06 May, 2015 07:29

Tags: Internet of Things, internet

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