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.


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.

Big data and analytics spending to hit $187 billion

Big data and analytics spending to hit $187 billion

In its new "Worldwide Semiannual Big Data and Analytics Spending Guide," research firm IDC forecasts revenues in the market will increase more than 50 percent over its five-year forecast period.

Security training programs don't do enough to mitigate insider risk

Security training programs don't do enough to mitigate insider risk

The threats posed by negligent insiders top many security professionals' lists of security concerns, but even organizations that have data protection and privacy training programs aren't getting through to their employees.

Accenture aims to accelerate AI adoption

Accenture aims to accelerate AI adoption

The global services company is creating a new artificial intelligence practice around IPsoft's Amelia cognitive agent, with an initial focus of deploying virtual agent technology for clients in the banking, insurance and travel...

Open Data Platform Initiative looks to ease fears

Open Data Platform Initiative looks to ease fears

In an effort to address concerns that the ODPi is a vendor organization designed to exert undue influence on Apache Hadoop ecosystem projects, the Linux Foundation organization announced a gold sponsorship of the ASF.

Apache incubating project promises new Internet security framework

Apache incubating project promises new Internet security framework

The newly announced Apache Milagro (incubating) project seeks to end to centralized certificates and passwords in a world that has shifted from client-server to cloud, IoT and containerized applications.

5 key requirements of successful big data projects

5 key requirements of successful big data projects

In her keynote presentation at Apache: Big Data North America, Amy Gaskins, a data scientist with more than a decade of experience, shared five key requirements that can make or break big data projects.

What does the future of the Apache Software Foundation hold?

What does the future of the Apache Software Foundation hold?

At Apache: Big Data North America in Vancouver next week -- alongside a huge array of keynotes, panels and tutorials -- the ASF and ODPi will host a Q&A session about their collaboration and address concerns about project independence....

Analytics comes to IT service management

Analytics comes to IT service management

ManageEngine, a division of Zoho, is looking to leverage its IT management domain expertise to offer a self-service IT analytics solution to help IT better utilize the data it generates.

LogMeIn creates CMS-like platform for IoT connected products

LogMeIn creates CMS-like platform for IoT connected products

With the next generation of its Xively Connected Product Management Platform, LogMeIn is aiming to make it easier for companies to deploy and manage connected products in the Internet of Things.

How to use advanced analytics to mitigate EHR data risks

How to use advanced analytics to mitigate EHR data risks

Consulting firm PwC says healthcare organizations should leverage advanced analytics to mitigate the risks associated with electronic health record data.

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