Thor Olavsrud

Senior Writer

Thor Olavsrud covers IT security, big data, open source technology, Microsoft tools and servers for CIO.com. He resides in New York.

MapR's Spyglass keeps an eye on big data deployments

Hortonworks ups its security and data governance game with HDP 2.5

Hortonworks ups its security and data governance game with HDP 2.5

Hadoop distribution vendor, Hortonworks, announced HDP 2.5 at Hadoop Summit, along with an expansion to its Partnerworks program and a reseller agreement with self-service BI on Hadoop specialist AtScale.

How GE software is making its mark on the Industrial Internet

How GE software is making its mark on the Industrial Internet

GE is using digital models of individual industrial assets, fed with data from the Internet of Things and tuned with machine learning, to drive efficiency.

IBM leverages machine learning for hyper-local weather

IBM leverages machine learning for hyper-local weather

New precision forecasts will help businesses in industries ranging from aviation and agriculture to energy generation and retail better respond to their environment.

Splice Machine releases dual-engine RDBMS to open source

Splice Machine releases dual-engine RDBMS to open source

The startup hopes to dramatically increase adoption of its dual-engine relational database management system, powered by Apache Hadoop and Apache Spark, by making the technology open source.

GE Power taps IoT to reduce coal power plant emissions

GE Power taps IoT to reduce coal power plant emissions

Through Internet of Things analytics and optimization, GE says coal-fired steam power plants can reduce fuel consumption by 67,000 tons of coal per year, while maintaining the same megawatt output.

GE to open new locations to develop Industrial Internet talent

GE to open new locations to develop Industrial Internet talent

New facilities in Atlanta, Miami and Providence are a first step in GE's efforts to attract and retain IT talent with a mix of technical, analytical and leadership skills.

MapR shows off enterprise-grade Spark distribution

MapR shows off enterprise-grade Spark distribution

With companies increasingly turning to Apache Spark to build their data pipelines and analytical applications, MapR Technologies has released an Apache Spark distribution that packages the complete Spark stack, patented features from...

Microsoft brings advanced security management to Office 365

Microsoft brings advanced security management to Office 365

Microsoft aims to give IT more visibility and control into Office 365 environments with advanced security features that leverage behavioral analytics and machine learning for threat detection.

How to craft a security awareness program that works

How to craft a security awareness program that works

Organizations struggle with making security awareness training programs that work. One expert says that's because we treat security awareness training as an event rather than a continuous program of education that adapts to the risks...

Financial services firms struggling with ecommunications

In its sixth annual survey of electronic communications compliance, compliance and ediscovery specialist Smarsh reports that financial services firms are struggling to retain and supervise the growing volume and variety of...

IT wants (but struggles) to operationalize big data

IT wants (but struggles) to operationalize big data

Big data leaders at large companies are bullish on the capabilities of big data analytics, but are struggling to break down data silos and make data accessible.

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