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Clinton's shadow IT would not have passed private sector muster

By Patrick Thibodeau | 06 March, 2015 08:19

There are many questions regarding former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's use of her private email to conduct official business. A leading one is whether the department's IT managers did anything to question or stop it.

Sensor tech makes predicting the future easier to do

By Patrick Thibodeau | 28 February, 2015 08:07

LAS VEGAS - We no longer need seers, oracles and psychics to tell us about the future. The declining cost of sensor technology and the availability of cloud-based analytical platforms is making predictive analytics accessible to every industry and most products.

Grassley's position on H-1B called ‘protectionist'

By Patrick Thibodeau | 27 February, 2015 09:38

WASHINGTON - India and the tech industry view any type of restrictions on the H-1B visa as "protectionist" -- and so does Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah).

So. Cal. Edison's IT layoffs are ‘heartless,' says Sen. Grassley

By Patrick Thibodeau | 26 February, 2015 22:36

Southern California Edison (SCE) IT workers replaced by H-1B contractors have become the latest Exhibit A in Congress for reformers of the visa program.

U.S. to allow some H-1B worker spouses to work

By Patrick Thibodeau | 25 February, 2015 08:52

The White House today said it is giving final approval to a rule change that will allow some H-1B visa workers' spouses to get jobs.

IBM's Cloud pitch aims for the gut

By Patrick Thibodeau | 24 February, 2015 12:17

LAS VEGAS: IBM has made its case as the enterprise Cloud vendor, and it did so without overtly criticising other vendors. On a large stage in a big arena, IBM officials seemed low key, almost humble, in a presentation that nonetheless ended with a jab to the heart.

Premier 100 IT Leader: Alissa Johnson

By Patrick Thibodeau | 23 February, 2015 22:42

A peculiar atmosphere takes hold within White House IT operations as a change in presidential administrations nears: The enthusiasm for undertaking new projects seems to wane.

In six months, the White House has replaced its top IT leaders

By Patrick Thibodeau | 21 February, 2015 02:09

Steven Spielberg's biopic, Lincoln, included a famous line President Lincoln may or not have said: "I am the President of the United States, clothed with immense power." That description might apply today to D.J. Patil.

So Cal Edison's IT layoffs are abuse of H-1B program, says U.S. lawmaker

By Patrick Thibodeau | 20 February, 2015 07:16

Southern California Edison's decision to replace IT workers with H-1B visas workers employed by contractors is drawing more criticism from U.S. lawmakers, the latest from U.S. Rep. Judy Chu (D-Calif.).

The top 10 U.S. locations for service centers

By Patrick Thibodeau | 20 February, 2015 02:23

Outside of China or India, Syracuse, in upstate New York, may be the top location in the U.S. to establish a service center, according to a new report.

So Cal Edison's path to the center of the H-1B debate

By Patrick Thibodeau | 13 February, 2015 07:46

Southern California Edison was known for good pay and benefits before it began laying off IT workers and replacing them with H-1B visa holders.

More than 1 billion records breached in 2014

By Patrick Thibodeau | 12 February, 2015 22:08

In IT security, worst case scenarios became commonplace in 2014, and there's no end in sight. Headline-making data breaches will likely continue into this year, as businesses, governments and regulators play catch-up to this threat.

Rep. Issa calls So. Calif. Edison tech layoffs 'deeply disturbing'

By Patrick Thibodeau | 08 February, 2015 05:20

The layoffs of IT workers at Southern California Edison (SCE) has drawn the attention of U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa, (R-Calif.), who called reports that the H-1B visa program is being used to replace part of SCE's workforce "deeply disturbing."

Southern California Edison layoffs get U.S. Senate attention

By Patrick Thibodeau | 07 February, 2015 07:42

Southern California Edison's replacement of IT workers with H-1B workers is getting attention from one U.S. lawmaker who is in a positon to influence immigration law.

Southern California Edison IT workers 'beyond furious' over H-1B replacements

By Patrick Thibodeau | 05 February, 2015 07:12

Information technology workers at Southern California Edison (SCE) are being laid off and replaced by workers from India. Some employees are training their H-1B visa holding replacements, and many have already lost their jobs.