Patrick Thibodeau

Senior Editor

Patrick Thibodeau covers cloud computing and enterprise applications, outsourcing, government IT policies, data centers and IT workforce issues for Computerworld.

Despite U.S. law, your tech may still be supporting wars

Mother Nature teaches Google a lesson

Mother Nature teaches Google a lesson

Four successive lightning strikes on a local utility grid in Europe caused a data loss at Google's Belgium data center.

Why Trump believes his H-1B plan is serious

Why Trump believes his H-1B plan is serious

GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump wants to make it more expensive to hire foreign workers, and in doing so, encourage the hiring of U.S. workers.

Petition on OPT program ruling draws thousands of names

Petition on OPT program ruling draws thousands of names

A petition on the White House's "We the People" site urging a quick response to a court ruling affecting STEM students on student visas is fast gaining signatures.

Donald Trump, zingers and all, emerges as sharp H-1B critic

Donald Trump, zingers and all, emerges as sharp H-1B critic

Businessman Donald Trump's plan for the H-1B visa would make it harder and more expensive for tech companies to replace U.S. workers with foreign help.

Working STEM students may be forced to leave U.S. next year, says court

Working STEM students may be forced to leave U.S. next year, says court

A federal judge made a ruling this week that could force tens of thousands of foreign workers, many of whom are employed at tech companies on student visas, to return to their home countries early next year.

As it sets IT layoffs, Citizens Bank shifts work to India via Web

As it sets IT layoffs, Citizens Bank shifts work to India via Web

Citizens Bank in Rhode Island has offered its IT employees solid middle-class wages and good benefits, but this slice of the America Dream is ending for many of them. Bank IT employees are training replacements in India to take over...

With H-1B visa, diversity doesn’t apply

With H-1B visa, diversity doesn’t apply

There's a dramatic difference where tech H-1B workers come from, depending on whether India-based outsourcers are involved.

A new tool for pricing used IT equipment

A new tool for pricing used IT equipment

An electronics recycler has created an IT products database representing 9,000 manufacturers and 11 million equipment models. The products range from consumer to business equipment, such as network storage devices, routers, switches,...

Lawmakers propose new visa for foreign tech entrepreneurs

Lawmakers propose new visa for foreign tech entrepreneurs

Two U.S. House Democrats are proposing a new visa for immigrants who can obtain "significant" venture capital funding for a business, or can otherwise establish a business that creates some jobs.

Despite H-1B lottery, offshore firms dominate visa use

Despite H-1B lottery, offshore firms dominate visa use

Offshore outsourcers with ties to India once again snapped up tens of thousands of skilled-worker visas.

Computer fires requiring a 911 call rare

Computer fires requiring a 911 call rare

Hard drives, printers, power cords and monitors are the primary culprits.

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