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Stories by Patrick Thibodeau

State Dept. database crash leads to passport, visa delays

By Patrick Thibodeau | 25 July, 2014 06:27

A State Department database crash has delayed the issuing of passports and visas worldwide.

California sees IT shifting to IBM-built cloud

By Patrick Thibodeau | 25 July, 2014 06:06

California is moving its IT services to a cloud, on-demand, subscription-based service that state officials believe may meet as much as 80% of its computing needs.

U.S. senator blasts Microsoft's H-1B push as it lays 18,000 off workers

By Patrick Thibodeau | 19 July, 2014 05:10

U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions Thursday delivered a scalding and sarcastic attack on the use of highly skilled foreign workers by U.S. corporations that was heavily aimed at Microsoft, a chief supporter of the practice.

Microsoft now leads in tech layoffs

By Patrick Thibodeau | 18 July, 2014 06:26

Microsoft's planned 18,000 job cuts, or 14% of its workforce, is the biggest tech layoff announced this year, surpassing Hewlett-Packard's announcement in May that it was cutting 16,000 jobs.

Among IBM users, Apple agreement gets praise, questions

By Patrick Thibodeau | 17 July, 2014 21:18

The IBM-Apple partnership resonates with enterprise IBM user Roxanne Reynolds-Lair, CIO at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in Los Angeles.

Pennsylvania, a 'Fortune 20' state, consolidates IT

By Patrick Thibodeau | 17 July, 2014 04:25

Pennsylvania has signed a seven-year deal with Unisys to consolidate the state's data centers and create an on-demand, cloud computing environment

Money talks, and that's all quantum maker D-Wave has to say

By Patrick Thibodeau | 15 July, 2014 20:08

The quantum computing technology developed by D-Wave gets ongoing scientific debate, but it's also getting money, $28 million last week, bringing its total funding to about $150 million.

Court case offers a peek at how H-1B-fueled discrimination works

By Patrick Thibodeau | 11 July, 2014 07:10

Outsourcing firm Infosys is being sued by for 4 IT pros who allege it discriminates against U.S.workers.

The top 10 paying IT jobs: IT careers can prove fruitful

By Patrick Thibodeau | 10 July, 2014 23:55

IT management positions have long paid quite well, but a new survey finds that a lot of other IT jobs are providing big paychecks.

Obama has big options for green card, H-1B reform without Congress

By Patrick Thibodeau | 09 July, 2014 20:33

With Congress refusing to move on immigration reform, President Barack Obama has options that could have broad impacts on immigration generally, and on the H-1B and green card visa systems in particular.

An H-1B whistleblower tries again for justice

By Patrick Thibodeau | 03 July, 2014 05:53

H-1B whistleblower Jay Palmer has filed a new complaint with the U.S. Department of Labor, alleging that senior executives at Infosys "retaliated against him by denying him work, bonuses and promotions and terminating him."

Microsoft backs open source for the Internet of Things

By Patrick Thibodeau | 03 July, 2014 04:50

Microsoft has joined what began as a Linux Foundation effort to create an open platform for the Internet of Things. It's a move that may be telling about Microsoft's plans for home automation, and even for the Xbox.

China has the fastest supercomputer, but the US still rules

By Patrick Thibodeau | 02 July, 2014 22:55

China continues to hold the top spot in the Top 500 supercomputer list, but the US still dominates, with 90 per cent of the systems on the list made by US vendors.

How a private Dell works with customers, and sees its rivals

By Patrick Thibodeau | 01 July, 2014 21:05

The Dell user conference was held in a beach hotel against a calm ocean with no threat of storms. For a company that wants to be known as the strong, silent type, the location may have been perfect.

If immigration reform is dead, so is raising the H-1B cap

By Patrick Thibodeau | 27 June, 2014 21:08

In a speech Wednesday on the floor of the U.S. House, Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) declared immigration reform dead.