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.

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How Predictive Analytics Can Help Set Perfect Hotel Room Prices

How Predictive Analytics Can Help Set Perfect Hotel Room Prices

By mashing together years of data from a multitude of sources, startup Duetto is helping hotels optimize their room pricing. And in this tight-margin world, a small increase in revenue per available room makes a big difference in...

Advances in Electrical and Computer Engineering Are Transforming Everything

Advances in Electrical and Computer Engineering Are Transforming Everything

This infographic by Ohio University's Russ College of Engineering and Technology explores just a few of the electrical and computer engineering advances that promise to improve quality of life around the globe.

5 Information Security Trends That Will Dominate 2015

5 Information Security Trends That Will Dominate 2015

Cybercriminals are becoming more sophisticated and collaborative with every coming year. To combat the threat in 2015, information security professionals must understand these five trends.

Internet of Things Helps Asthma Patients Breathe Easily

Internet of Things Helps Asthma Patients Breathe Easily

Medical device company Aerocrine, which specializes in devices that help physicians diagnose and monitor asthma, is using new IoT-focused services from Microsoft Azure Cloud Services to reduce device downtime and help its sales and...

 Yamaha Joins All-in Migration to the Public Cloud

Yamaha Joins All-in Migration to the Public Cloud

Seeking to shift IT staff away from maintenance tasks to focus on innovation, Yamaha has dropped its hosted data center in favor of AWS.

Why CIOs Need to Embrace New Norms of the Hybrid Cloud

Why CIOs Need to Embrace New Norms of the Hybrid Cloud

The CIOs of Intel and Riverbed say that in the hybrid enterprise tech executives need to focus on creating seamless business flows that help the company operate better.

Glassbeam Integrates Its IoT Analytics Platform With Spark

Machine data analytics specialist Glassbeam is updating its Internet of Things analytics platform with advanced machine learning and real-time analytics capabilities via integration with the Apache Spark in-memory cluster computing...

Enterprises Moving Big Data Workloads to Public Cloud

Enterprises Moving Big Data Workloads to Public Cloud

More than half of large enterprises are either already using public cloud resources for their big data analytic needs or plan to do so, according to a report by Gigaom Research.

10 IBM Watson-Powered Apps That Are Changing Our World

IBM is investing $1 billion in its IBM Watson Group with the aim of creating an ecosystem of startups and businesses building cognitive computing applications with Watson. Here are 10 examples that are making an impact.

Microsoft Adds IoT, Big Data Orchestration Services to Azure

Microsoft Adds IoT, Big Data Orchestration Services to Azure

Looking to expand on the big data capabilities of its cloud platform, Microsoft has introduced Internet of Things streaming analytics, data production and workflow services for Azure.

Intel Turns to Wearables, Big Data to Fight Parkinson's

Intel Turns to Wearables, Big Data to Fight Parkinson's

Medical researchers today have only a rudimentary understanding of how Parkinson's disease progresses in patients. In collaboration with the Michael J. Fox Foundation, Intel is helping researchers use wearable devices, the Internet of...

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