patrick thibodeau

Reporter, writer, editor

News reporter focused on high-impact, traffic driving, exclusive stories that connect with readers. Mentor, project leader, experienced moderator. Artful, analytical writer.

Freelancing: IEEE-USA InSight news, Information Week, Federal Computer Week

• Areas include: Supercomputing, immigration federal policy, careers, and workforce; enterprise management, enterprise IT technologies, including ERP and HCM.

• Recent journalism awards include:

A 2020 American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE) national reporting silver award; gold regional, for news analysis.

A 2017 ASBPE national reporting award for a story about computer security threats; bronze.

• The 2016 national ASBPE gold award in enterprise coverage for first national story on Disney IT workers training their replacements.

• ASBPE 2014 national gold award for impact/investigative reporting. In 2015, bronze national award for data journalism with co-reporter.

• ASBPE 2015, gold regional for enterprise news story profiling IT worker who trained replacement.

• A story about Southern California Edison IT layoffs was read into the Congressional Record by U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions, the current attorney general.

Stories have been repeatedly cited in national publications, including the New York Times.

Washington Post
Opinion | Bring back the bells on D.C.'s bikes

If you are riding a bicycle in New York City, the law requires a bicycle bell or horn and, after dusk, a red tail light. But not in Washington. We need to talk about this. Why are New York City's bicycle safety requirements more stringent than the District's?

An IT Story: From Supporting Role to Business Partner - InformationWeek

An IoT project in a manufacturing plant helped to change the role of the IT group at French auto supplier Faurecia. A visitor to Foxconn's planned $10 billion Wisconsin plant likely will be seeing the future. It will have lots of robots, no trace of paper, large data display screens, and not so many people.

The coming federal ERP systems battle -- FCW

Across government, agencies can expect their legacy IT business systems to fall behind at an accelerating rate. Vendors are aiming many of their advances in business analytics, big data and artificial intelligence at their cloud platforms and not at on-premises systems. That approach will hit enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems hard.

LinkedIn case raises employee privacy concerns

IT managers have long had the ability and right to monitor employee behavior on internal networks. Now, HR managers are getting similar capabilities thanks to cloud-based services -- but for tracking employee activity outside of their employer's network. A controversy is swelling over its potential impact on employee privacy.

MillerCoors' $100-Million IT Lawsuit Warning - InformationWeek

MillerCoors' $100-million lawsuit against an IT contractor is getting messier. The contractor, HCL, recently filed a counterclaim disputing the brewer's allegation that it owns responsibility for a troubled ERP project. HCL is accusing the brewer of making it a "scapegoat" for its own problems. This back-and-forth between MillerCoors and HCL, the India-based IT outsourcing firm, over an SAP deployment is taking place in an Illinois federal court.

A Tech Bubble Killed Computer Science Once, Can It Do So Again?

The bursting of the bubble in 2000 prompted students to reject computer science programs. Enrollments plummeted with the crash. But colleges are now scrambling to keep up with the major's year-after-year enrollment growth. Take Stanford University. In the 2007-08 academic year, Stanford had 87 declared undergraduate computer science majors.

On-premises HR users risk being left behind, Oracle says

Oracle is telling customers that the future of its HR platform will be in the cloud. It's trying to do this without alarming users who host its applications internally. Users of on-premises PeopleSoft and E-Business Suite HR system users won't be abandoned as cloud use grows, Oracle promises.

Bridgestone modernizes data center, hauls out 13 tons of copper wire

In October 1968, Lyndon Johnson was president, the Beatles released Hey Jude, and computer scientist Douglas Engelbart presented the " Mother of All Demos." It was also the year tire-making giant Bridgestone Corp. opened a data center in Akron, Ohio. If walls could talk, this data center could tell the story of IT.

Three Reasons Why Trump is Backing Exascale Computing

President Donald Trump's new federal budget request keeps the United States in the global race to build the first exascale supercomputer. It's one of the few scientific areas in the proposed 2018 budget to come out ahead. This budget accelerates the exascale timetable by two years, requiring delivery of the first system in 2021 instead of 2023.

If the election is hacked, we may never know

The upcoming U.S. presidential election can be rigged and sabotaged, and we might never even know it happened. This Election Day voters in 10 states, or parts of them, will use touch-screen voting machines with no paper backup of an individual's vote; some will have rewritable flash memory.

Top 20 HPC & Supercomputing Influencers to Follow in 2017 - CloudLightning

High Performance Computing (HPC) market showed healthy growth in 2016, thanks to new types of storage, I/O and interconnects and advances in accelerators and coprocessors. With the help of the Right Relevance platform and the Twitter HPC community, we have identified some of the most influential leaders working on HPC, supercomputers, data intensive systems and frameworks and more.

Fury rises at Disney over use of foreign workers

At the end of October, IT employees at Walt Disney Parks and Resorts were called one by one into conference rooms to receive notice of their layoffs. Multiple conference rooms had been set aside for this purpose, and in each room an executive read from a script informing the worker that their last day would be Jan.

Explained: The ABCs of the Internet of Things

You've heard the term and probably read stories about smart homes where the toaster talks to the smoke detector. But what makes it all connect? When will it become mainstream, and will it work? These frequently asked questions help explain it all. What is the Internet of Things?

One election-system vendor uses developers in Serbia

Voting machines are privately manufactured and developed and, as with other many other IT systems, the code is typically proprietary. The use of proprietary systems in elections has its critics. One Silicon Valley group, the Open Source Election Technology Foundation, is pushing for an election system that shifts from proprietary, vendor-owned systems to one that that is owned "by the people of the United States."

University of California hires India-based IT outsourcer, lays off tech workers

The University of California is laying off a group of IT workers at its San Francisco campus as part of a plan to move work offshore. The layoffs will happen at the end of February, but before the final day arrives the IT employees expect to train foreign replacements from India-based IT services firm HCL.
Disney Suddenly Cancels Layoffs For Technology Employees

NPR's Audie Cornish talks to Patrick Thibodeau, a senior editor at Computerworld, about why a round of layoffs for some 30 technology employees at Disney-ABC Television Group was suddenly canceled. AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: Some 30 technology workers at Disney-ABC Television Group got some bad news at the end of last month.

Amid US Outsourcing Fears, India's IT Firms Thrive

WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama's 2008 election worried India's offshore outsourcing industry, after a campaign where he repeatedly called on the US to "stop giving tax breaks to companies that ship jobs overseas." The theme returned this year, with Obama using outsourcing against his Republican challenger, Mitt Romney.

China builds world's fastest supercomputer without U.S. chips

China on Monday revealed its latest supercomputer, a monolithic system with 10.65 million compute cores built entirely with Chinese microprocessors. This follows a U.S. government decision last year to deny China access to Intel's fastest microprocessors. There is no U.S.-made system that comes close to the performance of China's new system, the Sunway TaihuLight.

FAQ: The real impact of Trump's H-1B executive order

President Donald Trump is calling for "a long-overdue reform of H-1B visas." But what changes does he want, and can he get Congress to agree? Here's a look at some some of the key questions around Trump's visa reform effort and his "Hire American, Buy American" executive order.

Consider the Panama Papers breach a warning

An MIT conference this week about the Internet of Things was fun until the topic of security came up. The audience stilled and focused at the mention. Sanjay Sarma, a professor of mechanical engineering at MIT, told this mostly startup crowd that he expects "a few disasters."

Machine-to-machine 'voice' has a name, a chirp, and a niche

Machines communicating by voice with other machines is a science fiction staple. But it's already being used by a bus service, Shuttl, to ease passenger boarding. Instead of scanning a device with a barcode or using Near Field Communications (NFC), a Shuttl passenger uses her smartphone to transmit an R2D2-like sound to the driver's phone.

Linux, PCs and Trump's 'Buy American' problem

Some PCs are assembled in the U.S., but not many. This includes those from Lenovo, the China-based firm that runs a factory in North Carolina. Apple operates a Mac Pro assembly plant in Austin, but makes many of its other products overseas.

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