Stories by Patrick Thibodeau

Median age at Google is 29, says age discrimination lawsuit

The typical employee at Google is relatively young, according to a lawsuit brought by an older programmer who is alleging age discrimination.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 24 April, 2015 06:28

Tags: Google, IT careers, careers, IT management

House bill slashes research critical to cybersecurity

A U.S. House bill that will set the nation's basic research agenda for the next two years increases funding for computer science, but at the expense of other areas important to cybersecurity.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 23 April, 2015 07:14

Tags: National Science Foundation, intrusion, Compete, security, Indiana University, Cybercrime & Hacking

10 U.S. senators seek investigation into H-1B-driven layoffs

Ten U.S. senators, representing the political spectrum, are seeking a federal investigation into displacement of IT workers by H-1B-using contractors.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 10 April, 2015 05:34

Tags: U.S. Department of Justice, services, outsourcing, Sena, Department of Justice, IT outsourcing

Global IT spending shrinks as dollar strengthens

A rapidly rising U.S. dollar has created a "currency shock," prompting Gartner to decrease its global IT spending forecast. The research firm now expects worldwide IT spending to decrease to $3.66 trillion in 2015, a 1.3% dip from last year.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 10 April, 2015 00:18

Tags: business issues, Gartner, IT industry, Gartner research

N.C. primed for mega tech backlash over Indiana-like bill

North Carolina is considering "religious objection" legislation similar to Indiana, a move that could raise the stakes for the tech industry firms battling these laws.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 02 April, 2015 07:57

Tags: IT industry, BT, Sena, government

Indiana law is fast having 'definite negative impact' on tech

Organizers of the upcoming Indy Big Data Conference are feeling the impact of the tech industry's anger over Indiana's new "religious freedom" law and want state lawmakers to correct the law -- quickly.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 01 April, 2015 00:39

Tags: IT industry, Pivotal, Platfora, cloudera, government, Oracle, emc

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

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