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Here are the Buffalo, NY Top IT News Stories of the Week (Mar. 27th) as based on the story’s likes, shares, and interactions from our social media sites. The content provided is mainly for Buffalo-Based IT Professionals to help keep them informed as they continue to impact and grow Buffalo’s tech reputation. We provide IT Recruiting and IT Staffing for businesses in the Buffalo area.

(Video) Are U.S. Jobs Vulnerable to Workers With H-1B Visas?

Protecting American jobs was a signature theme of President Donald Trump’s “Make America Great Again” campaign. A frequent target of candidate Trump was the H-1B visa program. The program, created more than 25 years ago, allows American companies to fill gaps in the workforce from overseas with highly skilled employees, who can’t be found in the U.S. Many businesses use the program as intended, but we discovered more and more are taking advantage of loopholes in the law to fire American workers and replace them with…Read More

Cobol Plays Major Role in U.S. Government Breaches

New research is turning on its head the idea that legacy systems like Cobol and Fortran are more secure because hackers are unfamiliar with the technology. New research found that these outdated systems, which may not be encrypted or even documented, were more susceptible to threats. By analyzing publicly available federal spending and security breach data, the researchers found that a 1 percent increase in the share of new IT development spending is associated with a 5 percent decrease in security breaches. “In other words, federal…Read More

Most Devs Have Less Than 6 Years’ Experience

While we tend to think of developers as a seasoned, curmudgeonly bunch (and that’s still true!), Stack Overflow’s recent survey suggests many are new to the field, and a majority have five years or less experience. In the ‘developer profile’ category of the survey, experience is broken out as a sub-topic. It covers how long respondents have been coding, as well as how long it’s been since they learned to navigate the wonderful world of squash-one-bug-and-ten-more-appear. While the ’20 years or more’ line-item dominates all others when it…Read More

H-1B Reform Promises Hang By a Thread

This year’s deadline for H-1B applications is fast approaching, and without action to fix this boondoggle that is being exploited by outsourcers, thousands more American jobs will be lost. However, the H-1B reform possibilities that a few short weeks ago shone brightly are now dimming as the Trump Administration backpedals from earlier bombast. “The H-1B program is neither high-skilled nor immigration: these are temporary foreign workers, imported from abroad, for the explicit purpose of substituting for American workers…Read More

Slow Growth Ahead for IT Outsourcing

While the IT and business process services industry continued to grow through 2016, that growth slowed over the course of the year and could fall to less than 2 percent by 2019, according to a recent report from IT and business sourcing consultancy and research firm Everest Group. The pace of year-on-year revenue growth fell from 4.5 percent in the first quarter of last year to below three percent by year-end. And Everest Group predicts a continued decline over the next one to three years, falling to as low as 1.9 percent by late 2019…Read more

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