Patrick Thibodeau

Senior Editor

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

A look at California's effort to build an H-1B firewall

A California backlash rises over foreign IT worker replacements

A California backlash rises over foreign IT worker replacements

California lawmakers are moving to attack the use of foreign labor to replace U.S. workers.

5 facets of the coming Internet of Things boom

5 facets of the coming Internet of Things boom

A new study by consulting firm McKinsey & Company estimates that the annual value of IoT applications could be as high as 11% of the world's economy in 10 years.

Coal plant fires, Google hires

Coal plant fires, Google hires

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

Obama’s trade win brings H-1B unease

Obama’s trade win brings H-1B unease

President Barack Obama's successful push for authority to negotiate new trade agreements is causing concerns among those who support changes to the nation's H-1B visa program.

IT workers replaced by foreign labor may regain federal benefit

IT workers replaced by foreign labor may regain federal benefit

The White House is trying to get Congress to restore coverage for service workers, and that may, once again, make displaced IT workers eligible for benefits.

 1 in 3 data center servers is a zombie

1 in 3 data center servers is a zombie

A new study says that 30% of all physical servers in data centers are comatose, meaning they use energy but deliver no useful information.

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

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

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush does not come across as particularly sympathetic to displaced IT workers, and favors raising the current cap on H-1B visas.

Stung, White House orders rapid cybersecurity fixes

Stung, White House orders rapid cybersecurity fixes

Agencies were told to scan systems and check logs for indicators of threats, patch critical vulnerabilities “without delay,” as well as tighten policies and practices for privileged users.

Labor Dept. plans H-1B probe -- one that could have an impact

Labor Dept. plans H-1B probe -- one that could have an impact

The U.S. Department of Labor now plans to investigate whether H-1B visa-holders can be used to replace U.S. IT workers, and will focus on the displacement of employees at Southern California Edison.

In a turnabout, Disney ABC TV cancels plans to outsource IT jobs

In a turnabout, Disney ABC TV cancels plans to outsource IT jobs

Two weeks ago, the Disney ABC Television Group told a team of approximately 30 to 35 application developers that they were being laid off. Then on Thursday, the layoffs were suddenly rescinded.

HP to help turn <i>Avatar</i> sequels into a digital attraction

HP to help turn <i>Avatar</i> sequels into a digital attraction

At HP's user conference, HP, Lightstorm Entertainment and 20th Century Fox unveiled a five-year partnership to create an online digital experience for the next Avatar.

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