Thor Olavsrud

Senior Writer

Thor Olavsrud covers IT security, Big Data and open source technologies for CIO.com. He resides in New York.

MapR Aims to Take SQL-on-Hadoop to Next Level

How Big Data Is Helping to Save the Planet

How Big Data Is Helping to Save the Planet

With the help of HP's Vertica Analytics Platform, Conservation International is crunching data from images to monitor the biodiversity of tropical forests around the world.

C-Level Executives Seeing Big Results From Big Data

C-Level Executives Seeing Big Results From Big Data

A study by Accenture finds that many organizations are putting big data initiatives into production and the vast majority of those that do are pleased with the results.

9 Rules for the Developer-ization of IT

9 Rules for the Developer-ization of IT

CIOs who want to drive innovation and change in their organizations should focus on making the lives of developers easier so they can innovate, produce great apps and deliver valuable IP.

Mayo Clinic Turns to IBM's Watson to Fill Clinical Trials

Mayo Clinic Turns to IBM's Watson to Fill Clinical Trials

Mayo clinicians will leverage Watson's natural language processing and data analytics capabilities to quickly sift through millions of pages of clinical trial and patient data to match patients with appropriate clinical trials.

11 Steps Attackers Took to Crack Target

11 Steps Attackers Took to Crack Target

Aorato, a specialist in Active Directory monitoring and protection, delivers a step-by-step report on how attackers used the stolen credentials of an HVAC vendor to steal the data of 70 million customers and 40 million credit cards...

How IBM Serves Up Data to Tennis Fans at U.S. Open

How IBM Serves Up Data to Tennis Fans at U.S. Open

IBM is using a combination of mobile, cloud and data analytics technologies to help the United States Tennis Association transform the U.S. Open fan experience.

Verizon Says Passwords Suck, QR Codes Offer Better Way

Verizon Says Passwords Suck, QR Codes Offer Better Way

Verizon adds QR code logins to its Verizon Universal Identity Services portfolio to streamline authentication while making it more secure.

Cut Costs by Analyzing and Optimizing Licenses, Migrations and Power

Cut Costs by Analyzing and Optimizing Licenses, Migrations and Power

By evaluating what workers actually use and ruthlessly cutting waste, IT departments can save millions of dollars through OS migrations and power management.

Splunk App Captures Real-Time Streaming Wire Data

Splunk adds capability to capture wire data to its platform, dramatically expanding use cases for application management, IT operations, security and business analytics.

Forget Five 9s, Splunk Promises 100 Percent Uptime

With its new service level agreement, Splunk assures its Splunk Cloud customers that their machine data analytics will be available 100 percent of the time. Splunk reports that is is also cutting costs and adding making its service...

How AWS Helped Scale App for World Cup Social Media Hub

How AWS Helped Scale App for World Cup Social Media Hub

if you're going to operate the official social media hub for the FIFA World Cup, you've got to be able to overcome the problem of scale. Spredfast did it with flying colors with the help of Amazon Web Services.

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