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Patrick Thibodeau

Can we talk? Internet of Things vendors face a communications 'mess'

Vendors will tell you that the Internet of Things (IoT) has arrived. We're here to tell you that it hasn't.

H-1B loophole may help California utility offshore IT jobs

Southern California Edison is outsourcing part of its IT operations, and the jobs may be going overseas.

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.

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.

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.

U.S. hits H-1B cap with 'high number' of petitions

The U.S. government said today it has reached the H-1B cap, and if this year is similar to previous years, 70% of applicants are under the age of 35, and a major portion will take jobs at offshore outsourcing companies.

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.

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.).

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.

Offshore firms took 50% of H-1B visas in 2013

Data from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services shows clearly that the largest users of H-1B visas are offshore outsourcing firms.

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.

SmartThings founder sees a limitless Internet of Things

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

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.

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.

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.

McGovern recalled as 'a catalyst of the computer industry'

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

H-1B visas produce net IT job boost, trade group says

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

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.

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.

Cyberattacks could paralyze U.S., former defense chief warns

As the U.S. Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta delivered strong warnings about the risks of cyberattacks on the country. His conviction that a possible 'cyber Pearl Harbor' may be looming has not tempered since leaving the post last year.

Author Bio

Patrick Thibodeau Patrick Thibodeau covers cloud computing and enterprise applications, outsourcing, government IT policies, data centers and IT workforce issues for Computerworld. Read his blog at blogs.computerworld.com/thibodeau.