Stories by Patrick Thibodeau

An unnecessary path to tech: A Bachelor's degree

Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and Edward Snowden all launched tech careers without four-year college degrees, and that may be true for a large percentage of techies.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 14 April, 2014 20:35

Tags: IT industry, education, IT careers, training, industry verticals, IT management, Education/Training

H-1B applications surge to 172,500, twice the cap

The U.S. received twice as many H-1B visa petitions as it can give out under its 85,000 visa cap, and is thus distributing the visas via lottery.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 11 April, 2014 06:35

Tags: IT industry, regulation, IT careers, government, IT outsourcing

One user's path to a Chromebook enterprise

Microsoft's dominance in business may be mammoth but it isn't absolute, as Tim Dickson, the director of technology at Auberge Resorts, has found.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 09 April, 2014 20:29

Tags: Mobile/Wireless, Google, Networking, Microsoft, wireless, CIO role, IT Leadership, IT management, mobile, IT transformation

CompTIA now offers its research without charge

CompTIA, a 32-year-old tech industry group best known for its IT certifications, is broadening access to it resources by making them free.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 03 April, 2014 06:27

Tags: IT industry, comptia, IT careers, CIO role, IT Leadership, IT management

Durbin warns Republicans standalone H-1B hike plan will fail

A push by the high-tech industry to support a stand-alone H-1B increase is drawing the ire of U.S. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.).

By Patrick Thibodeau | 03 April, 2014 05:57

Tags: Gov't Legislation/Regulation, IT industry, regulation, IBM, IT careers, accenture, Facebook, Gov't Legislation, Oracle, Deloitte, Google, visa, Microsoft, Sena, intel, government

Climate change could blunt tech's travel culture

A new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change summarizes the growing consequences of global warming -- rising sea levels and threats to health, food supplies, water resources and species.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 02 April, 2014 21:34

Tags: Emerging Technologies, hardware systems, Atlantic, sustainable IT, government, Government/Industries

Dissatisfaction with IT grows

Businesses leaders and IT executives are registering higher levels of dissatisfaction with IT as more demands are placed on technology, according to two new studies.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 26 March, 2014 22:25

Tags: business issues, IT industry, hackett group, Bank of America, McKinsey & Co.

SmartThings founder sees a limitless Internet of Things

The idea that sparked the start-up SmartThings was a personal disaster.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 26 March, 2014 17:16

Tags: Mobile/Wireless, Sonos, Networking, Emerging Technologies, hardware systems, wireless, internet, GT, mobile, Facebook

HP says never mind about June 3D printer announcement

At its annual stockholder meeting last week, Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman delivered a delicious critique of 3D printing speeds. "[It's] like watching ice melt," she said.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 24 March, 2014 22:09

Tags: hardware, HP, Gartner, Computer Peripherals, Emerging Technologies, hardware systems, Hewlett-Packard

Bank of America sees software-defined data centers as 'irresistible'

Driven by a very strong belief in the future of software-defined data center technology, Bank of America is steering its IT to almost total virtualization, from the data center to desktop.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 24 March, 2014 19:18

Tags: Bank of America, Networking, finance, industry verticals

A tech effort seeks to make climate change up close and personal

The White House, tech companies and others believe more Americans would take action on climate change if its affects could be visualized up close, down to its impact house by house.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 21 March, 2014 19:01

Tags: Emerging Technologies, hardware systems, Industries, internet, intel, GT, government, Internet Search, Government/Industries, search engines, white house, Google, Microsoft, ESRI

McGovern recalled as 'a catalyst of the computer industry'

In June 1967, when Patrick J. McGovern published the first issue of Computerworld it did something different. It reported on the computing industry from a user perspective.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 20 March, 2014 20:27

Tags: management, IT industry, Networking, computerworld, CIO role, IT Leadership, IT management, IDG

H-1B visas produce net IT job boost

The high-tech industry contends that Congress' failure to raise the cap on H-1B visas is costing the U.S. an opportunity to create a new job every 43 seconds.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 19 March, 2014 20:32

Tags: IT industry, IT careers, careers, IT management, IT outsourcing

Gates sees software replacing people; Greenspan calls for more H-1Bs

Bill Gates and Alan Greenspan, in separate forums here, offered outlooks and prescriptions for fixing jobs and income.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 14 March, 2014 20:23

Tags: IT industry, education, Microsoft, IT careers, training, GT, industry verticals, IT management, Education/Training

White House urges 'geeks' to get healthcare coverage, launch start-ups

The White House urged tech workers, or "geeks," to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, and said having the coverage will give them the "freedom and security" to start their own businesses.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 12 March, 2014 17:14

Tags: white house, business issues, IT careers, healthcare IT

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