Leopard Update Puts Windows, Linux Together On Mac
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Is The H-1B Visa Cap Capping U.S. Innovation?
Restrictions on visas for foreign IT pros to work in the U.S. will drive more tech jobs and creativity offshore, says a new study released today. While that argument isn't new, the report has a collection of government and other stats to help back it up.
Opposition to--and limitations in the H-1B and L-1 visa programs, especially the annual cap on H-1B visas--are largely based on "myths," says study by the National Foundation for American Policy, a non-partisan, non-profit public policy research organization that focuses on immigration and trade issues.
In fact, the report says "in examining all Department of Labor agency actions between 1992 and 2004" related to allegations of underpayment of wages, "the average amount of back wages owed to an H-1B employee was only $5,919." Not exactly the tens of thousands of dollars H-1B critics often allege.
The report also finds that while opponents to raising the H-1B visa cap often warn of serious American tech job losses by opening the "floodgates" to more foreigners, "new H-1B professionals accounted for only 0.07% of the U.S. labor force in 2006."
The 37-page study also highlights a number of other point/counter-point arguments in the debate about H-1B and L-1 visas and green cards. But the report's conclusion is clearly stated.
"Further restricting the conditions under which companies can obtain H-1B and L-1 visas for skilled foreign nationals, even if done in exchange for a higher annual limit on H-1Bs, is likely to result in less innovation and job creation in the U.S. as companies are encouraged to hire more individuals outside the country."
Virtualization At The Desktop?
Examine how more than 250 companies plan to adopt server virtualization technology in this recent InformationWeek Research report, Server Virtualization.
The BI Explosion
Examine the business intelligence strategies of 500 companies, including deployment drivers and challenges, spending plans, and vendor selection, in this recent InformationWeek Research report.
Google Adds AIM To Gmail :-) For Some :-/ For Me
At first, I was excited by this announcement since I use Gmail, but I can see some definite disadvantages here for fans of AOL, iChat, and Trillian... or if you like downtime since you might not get any.
For Carriers, An Open-And-Shut Case On Wireless
The spectacle of the U.S. wireless carriers falling over themselves to look like proponents of "openness" has intensified with the launch of an AT&T campaign declaring itself "the most open wireless company in the industry." Pardon me if I don't break out the champagne.
For Those In Need, A Friend Indeed
A new service will let cell phone users find public restrooms from their handsets. The service is called...wait for it...MizPee. When you're done laughing and can pick yourself up off the floor, please continue reading...
More On Vista's New Social Copy Protection
After the flood of comments on my original post about Microsoft's radical changes to Windows Vista's copy protection, I thought I'd clarify my points. Let's get one thing out of the way first: I'm not advocating that anyone run Vista without buying a license key. No, not even if you have it in for Microsoft.
Digg Jumps The Shark
Has success gone to Digg's head? The popular community destination, which drives lots of traffic to needy news sites and blogs (like yours truly's) has decided to update its story-input interface. It's a mistake; a big mistake.
2008 U.S. Professional CRM Certification Seminar Series The 2008 U.S. Professional CRM Certification Seminar Series is scheduled to tour the following cities: Washington, DC, Atlanta, San Francisco, New York and Philadelphia. You can join the tour as a sponsor on one or all cities on the tour. Participants attending our seminars are from the global 1000 and US government.
B2B Collaboration: Assessing the ROI of Process Integration Business and IT leaders are under increasing pressure to improve B2B collaboration and the electronic communication capabilities of their organizations. This report looks at the key drivers for B2B collaboration in both the purchase-to-pay and order-to-cash areas and provides an ROI framework to help companies assess their areas of opportunity.
A Leading Power Utility Reaches for Transactional Efficiency A leading power utilities company had a substantial amount of money being paid out in duplicate payments and auditor's fees. The company’s director of accounting services considered this a serious problem. The Oversight project originated with and was driven by finance professionals.
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5 Top Federal Initiatives For 2015As InformationWeek Government readers were busy firming up their fiscal year 2015 budgets, we asked them to rate more than 30 IT initiatives in terms of importance and current leadership focus. No surprise, among more than 30 options, security is No. 1. After that, things get less predictable.