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Patrick Thibodeau

IT hiring rebounds; reactions are mixed

February was a good month for IT hiring after months of sluggish demand. Reports from three research firms each reported an increase in hiring in the sector.

U.S. spy agencies adopt new IT approach

The CIA's decision to use Amazon's cloud is part of a broader IT shake-up to make the spy business more efficient.

China's R&D investment getting closer to U.S.

President Barack Obama's fiscal 2015 budget plan would increase federal R&D spending by 1.2% over this year, if Congress approves.

Open source challenges a proprietary Internet of Things

The only limit to the Internet of Things isn't imagination or technology. It's interoperability. And the Linux Foundation thinks that's an issue it can help fix.

A CIO who masters disasters

John Halamka, the CIO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, doesn't let any crisis go unused as either a teachable moment, or as a chance to lead IT into new directions.

Shrinking microcontrollers, means smaller wearable computers

If you want a wearable Internet of Things, the electronics have to be as small and as energy efficient as possible. That's why a new microcontroller by Freescale Semiconductor is notable.

IBM workforce cuts raise questions about pact with New York

IBM is laying off employees this week, a job action that began in a curious way, with the announcement with an agreement with New York to maintain minimum staffing levels in the state.

Arizona tech firms fight anti-gay bill and a future in a pariah state

Arizona's tech industry is united in fighting a state bill that allows a business to deny service to gay customers for religious reasons.

Linux snapshot: Pay rates and employers with the most job ads

If paychecks are any kind of a measure, then people with Linux skills are doing better than most.

NOAA wants to turn its ocean of data into jobs

From ocean sensors to orbiting satellites, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration collects about 30 petabytes of environmental data a year. Now it wants ideas about how best to use what its collected.

Mobile platforms with 8GB memory may be on the way

Vendors who have been calling tablets 'the new PCs' can now prove it. The development of 64-bit mobile processors opens the door for more addressable memory and PC-like performance on tablets and smartphones.

Premier 100 IT Leader: William Walders

Users didn't like IT at Walter Reed, until this CIO diagnosed the problems and took action.

Demand for Linux skills rises

Demand for people with Linux skills is increasing, a trend that appears to follow a shift in server sales.

California fights drought with big data, cloud computing

California is facing its worst drought in more than 100 years and with no end in sight. Conserving water has never been more important, and the problem this poses may offer Silicon Valley a new opportunity.

Are CIOs losing power?

A new study by Forrester illuminates the changing IT landscape, finding that the share of IT projects primarily or exclusively run by IT department will decline from 55% in 2009 to 47% in 2015.

Computer geeks as loners? Data says otherwise

We look at Census data to find that the can't-even-get-a-date stereotype of techies is somewhat of a myth. But there's also another side to the statistics.

The view from one Atlanta IT firm as a 'historic' storm nears

The headlines about the storm approaching Georgia include a tinge of panic and wonder, but the view from Monty Hamilton's Atlanta office is of streets calm and empty.

From idea to app in Washington's tech land

Jeff Godin had a good job as a police dispatcher in Chester County, Penn., but quit to work full-time on other projects, including building an app for police and emergency professionals.

HP upgrade project meets a NASA that's 'resistant to change'

The inspector general of NASA has issued a report that's critical of both Hewlett-Packard and the space agency for messing up a plan to centralize management of the agency's end-user computing under a $2.5 billion outsourcing contract.

Personal history may thrust new Microsoft CEO into visa debate

Microsoft's new CEO, Satya Nadella, was born in Hyderabad, India, one of that nation's largest IT centers, and graduated from Manipal University in India before heading to the U.S. to earn an advanced degrees in business and computer science.

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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