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.

New IBM OpenStack services support hybrid cloud apps

 MapR adds self-service SQL Analytics

MapR adds self-service SQL Analytics

MapR Technologies updates its Hadoop distribution with Apache Drill 1.0 to support schema-free SQL analytics for big data.

ADP delivers big data platform for workforce management insights

ADP delivers big data platform for workforce management insights

The payroll processing titan is leveraging data from its 600,000 clients and their 24 million employees to provide human resources professionals with benchmarking and predictive analytics

Pentaho adds orchestration for Apache Spark jobs

Pentaho adds orchestration for Apache Spark jobs

Pentaho has announced native integration of Pentaho Data Integration (PDI) with Apache Spark, enabling the orchestration of Spark jobs.

IBM aims to help developers build analytics-driven cloud apps

IBM aims to help developers build analytics-driven cloud apps

Big Blue has introduced new services for its Bluemix cloud development platform to help developers create cloud applications for mobile, Internet of Things, supply-chain analytics and intelligent infrastructure solutions.

Pivotal rolls out Hadoop distro update, new query optimizer

Pivotal rolls out Hadoop distro update, new query optimizer

Pivotal releases a new version of its Pivotal HD Hadoop distribution built on the open source ODP big data kernel, along with a new cost-based query optimizer that promises up to 100x performance upgrades for Greenplum and HAWQ.

IBM Watson adds hybrid cloud developer tools

IBM Watson adds hybrid cloud developer tools

Watson Explorer helps developers build hybrid cloud cognitive applications using data sets resident in a mix of on-premises, public and private cloud environments.

How Real Madrid scores fan engagement in the cloud

How Real Madrid scores fan engagement in the cloud

Using the Microsoft Cloud platform, Real Madrid -- the world's largest sports franchise -- is undergoing a digital transformation to help further engagement with the soccer club's 450 million fans worldwide.

Can a startup democratize big data apps?

Can a startup democratize big data apps?

With its new Adatao Data Intelligence Platform, the Andreessen Horowitz-backed startup claims it will do for data intelligence what the iPhone did for the mobile Internet.

Dell brings advanced visualization to analytics platform

Dell brings advanced visualization to analytics platform

A partnership with data visualization specialist Datawatch gives Dell's Statistica analytics platform new capabilities that better position it for business analysts.

IBM researchers make quantum computing breakthroughs

IBM researchers make quantum computing breakthroughs

IBM's Experimental Quantum Computing group's development has enormous potential for overcoming big data simulation and optimization challenges.(Includes infographic.)

Clorox CIO discusses the real challenge of big data

Clorox CIO discusses the real challenge of big data

Many big companies today do a great job of collecting big data, However, the challenge remains to get insights out of the data. Clorox CIO Manjit Singh suggests taking a more agile approach.

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