Computerworld Patrick Thibodeau News en_US (c) Copyright 2014 Computerworld, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 05:11:47 GMT 2014-04-16T05:11:47Z en_US (c) Copyright 2014 Computerworld, Inc. All Rights Reserved. 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. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 10:33:00 GMT (Patrick Thibodeau) 2014-04-14T10:33:00Z 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. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 20:10:00 GMT (Patrick Thibodeau) 2014-04-10T20:10:00Z 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. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 10:22:00 GMT (Patrick Thibodeau) 2014-04-09T10:22:00Z 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.). Wed, 02 Apr 2014 18:41:00 GMT (Patrick Thibodeau) 2014-04-02T18:41:00Z 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. Wed, 02 Apr 2014 10:24:00 GMT (Patrick Thibodeau) 2014-04-02T10:24:00Z 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. Tue, 01 Apr 2014 10:20:00 GMT (Sharon Machlis) 2014-04-01T10:20:00Z 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. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 21:36:00 GMT (Patrick Thibodeau) 2014-03-26T21:36:00Z SmartThings founder sees a limitless Internet of Things The idea that sparked the start-up SmartThings was a personal disaster. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 16:59:00 GMT (Patrick Thibodeau) 2014-03-26T16:59:00Z 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. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 22:00:00 GMT (Patrick Thibodeau) 2014-03-24T22:00:00Z 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. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 17:24:00 GMT (Patrick Thibodeau) 2014-03-24T17:24:00Z 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. Fri, 21 Mar 2014 18:06:00 GMT (Patrick Thibodeau) 2014-03-21T18:06:00Z McGovern recalled as 'a catalyst of the computer industry' In June 1967, when Patrick J. McGovern published the first issue of <i>Computerworld</i>, the new publication did something different -- it reported on the computing industry from a user perspective. Thu, 20 Mar 2014 20:12:00 GMT (Patrick Thibodeau) 2014-03-20T20:12:00Z 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. Wed, 19 Mar 2014 20:07:00 GMT (Patrick Thibodeau) 2014-03-19T20:07:00Z 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. Fri, 14 Mar 2014 20:12:00 GMT (Patrick Thibodeau) 2014-03-14T20:12:00Z 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. Wed, 12 Mar 2014 16:43:00 GMT (Patrick Thibodeau) 2014-03-12T16:43:00Z 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. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 18:50:00 GMT (Patrick Thibodeau) 2014-03-11T18:50:00Z Use of H-1B alternative skyrockets In 2008, the U.S. government changed the rules on student visas and allowed foreign STEM students to work in the U.S. for up to 29 months without an H-1B visa. The program quickly grew in popularity. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 10:38:00 GMT (Patrick Thibodeau) 2014-03-11T10:38:00Z U.S. firm's 2,600 engineers in Ukraine stay busy amid turbulence In 1993, a few years after immigrating to the U.S., Arkadiy Dobkin, an electrical engineer trained in Minsk, Belarus, started a company that aimed to tap the IT engineering talent developed in the former Soviet Union. Mon, 10 Mar 2014 19:51:00 GMT (Patrick Thibodeau) 2014-03-10T19:51:00Z 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. Mon, 10 Mar 2014 17:22:00 GMT (Patrick Thibodeau) 2014-03-10T17:22:00Z 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. Fri, 07 Mar 2014 11:34:00 GMT (Patrick Thibodeau) 2014-03-07T11:34:00Z 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. Wed, 05 Mar 2014 17:40:00 GMT (Patrick Thibodeau) 2014-03-05T17:40:00Z 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. Tue, 04 Mar 2014 11:37:00 GMT (Patrick Thibodeau) 2014-03-04T11:37:00Z 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. Mon, 03 Mar 2014 21:44:00 GMT (Patrick Thibodeau) 2014-03-03T21:44:00Z 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. Fri, 28 Feb 2014 20:46:00 GMT (Patrick Thibodeau) 2014-02-28T20:46:00Z 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. Thu, 27 Feb 2014 20:58:00 GMT (Patrick Thibodeau) 2014-02-27T20:58:00Z 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. Wed, 26 Feb 2014 20:10:00 GMT (Patrick Thibodeau) 2014-02-26T20:10:00Z 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. Wed, 26 Feb 2014 01:08:00 GMT (Patrick Thibodeau) 2014-02-26T01:08:00Z 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. Tue, 25 Feb 2014 21:39:00 GMT (Patrick Thibodeau) 2014-02-25T21:39:00Z 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 <i>and</i> smartphones. Tue, 25 Feb 2014 11:32:00 GMT (Patrick Thibodeau) 2014-02-25T11:32:00Z Demand for Linux skills rises Demand for people with Linux skills is increasing, a trend that appears to follow a shift in server sales. Wed, 19 Feb 2014 22:29:00 GMT (Patrick Thibodeau) 2014-02-19T22:29:00Z 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. Wed, 19 Feb 2014 11:10:00 GMT (Patrick Thibodeau) 2014-02-19T11:10:00Z 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. Fri, 14 Feb 2014 22:01:00 GMT (Patrick Thibodeau) 2014-02-14T22:01:00Z 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. Fri, 14 Feb 2014 12:18:00 GMT (Sharon Machlis) 2014-02-14T12:18:00Z 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. Tue, 11 Feb 2014 21:18:00 GMT (Patrick Thibodeau) 2014-02-11T21:18:00Z 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. Mon, 10 Feb 2014 21:01:00 GMT (Patrick Thibodeau) 2014-02-10T21:01:00Z 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. Thu, 06 Feb 2014 11:29:00 GMT (Patrick Thibodeau) 2014-02-06T11:29:00Z 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. Wed, 05 Feb 2014 11:37:00 GMT (Patrick Thibodeau) 2014-02-05T11:37:00Z As Dell cuts, Apple adds jobs in Austin If there is one region in the U.S. that can absorb Dell's planned workforce cutbacks, it may be the Austin, Texas, area, one of the nation's hottest areas for tech jobs. Tue, 04 Feb 2014 20:19:00 GMT (Patrick Thibodeau) 2014-02-04T20:19:00Z Dell cuts 'small percentage' of workforce Dell Monday confirmed it has cut its global workforce by what it called a "small percentage," which could mean a reduction of thousands of employees. Tue, 04 Feb 2014 00:56:00 GMT (Patrick Thibodeau) 2014-02-04T00:56:00Z There's a rapid push to give tech something we're born with: senses Any product that can be connected to a network is also being given the ability to sense our environment, largely through use of MEMS sensors. Mon, 03 Feb 2014 21:49:00 GMT (Patrick Thibodeau) 2014-02-03T21:49:00Z GOP presses ahead on H-1B, green cards with vague, muddy statement Republican leaders on Thursday released a broad framework for immigration reform as difficult to understand, and about as long, as a Dead Sea scroll fragment. Fri, 31 Jan 2014 18:18:00 GMT (Patrick Thibodeau) 2014-01-31T18:18:00Z ERP vendors are getting a 'good kick' from users The era of the monolithic, highly customized enterprise ERP system is fading, according to Gartner. Wed, 29 Jan 2014 22:39:00 GMT (Patrick Thibodeau) 2014-01-29T22:39:00Z Obama urges 'all-in' effort on tech innovation President Barack Obama last night urged Congress to increase federal research funding or the U.S. lead in technology is in danger. Wed, 29 Jan 2014 20:17:00 GMT (Patrick Thibodeau) 2014-01-29T20:17:00Z Internet of Things in five words: sensor, monkey, radio, cloud, Paris If you want to build your own Internet of Things, try the toy monkey hack. Wed, 29 Jan 2014 11:30:00 GMT (Patrick Thibodeau) 2014-01-29T11:30:00Z Detroit wants its own high-tech visa Detroit, a city in bankruptcy and dealing with a shrinking population, hopes to turn itself around with the help of 50,000 employment-based green cards. Mon, 27 Jan 2014 11:29:00 GMT (Patrick Thibodeau) 2014-01-27T11:29:00Z The Internet of Things for sports is quickly taking shape Jason Fass, the CEO of Zepp Labs, imagines a future for sports where sensors are everywhere: in balls, bats, footballs and in a player's clothing. It's hard not to get caught up in the vision. Thu, 23 Jan 2014 22:18:00 GMT (Patrick Thibodeau) 2014-01-23T22:18:00Z Amazon posted 16,100 IT jobs last year, tops in U.S. The employer with the most IT job postings last year was, with 16,146 ads, exceeding most other IT firms by a wide margin, according to a new report. Wed, 22 Jan 2014 11:44:00 GMT (Patrick Thibodeau) 2014-01-22T11:44:00Z 5 reasons why your IT job search is getting harder The IT job market is slowing down, use of contingency workers is picking up, and Congress has an unfinished fight ahead on the H-1B visa. These factors and others are among the IT hiring trends to expect in 2014. Tue, 21 Jan 2014 11:30:00 GMT (Patrick Thibodeau) 2014-01-21T11:30:00Z What STEM shortage? Electrical engineering lost 35,000 jobs last year Despite an expanding use of electronics in products, the number of people working as electrical engineers in U.S. declined by 10.4% last year. Thu, 16 Jan 2014 21:27:00 GMT (Patrick Thibodeau) 2014-01-16T21:27:00Z A New Jersey 'traffic study' wouldn't need lane closings The explanation that New Jersey closed access lanes on the heavily traveled George Washington Bridge for a 'traffic study' is a head scratcher for traffic engineers. Tue, 14 Jan 2014 12:04:00 GMT (Patrick Thibodeau) 2014-01-14T12:04:00Z