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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IBM woos cloud developers

IBM woos cloud developers

IBM has announced a three-pronged approach aimed at helping developers build and deploy open source cloud apps, including the developerWorks Open platform, the release of 50 projects to open source and partnerships with universities.

Startup launches big data-as-a-service

Startup launches big data-as-a-service

Cazena, a startup founded by former Netezza execs, is aiming to help enterprises solve the big data engineering challenge with a managed service platform that addresses the security and complexity challenges that have kept many...

The evolving meaning of the 'I' in CIO

The evolving meaning of the 'I' in CIO

As Ginna Raahauge, a veteran of Riverbed and Cisco, steps into the CIO position at data integration software specialist Informatica, she reflects on the changing responsibilities of the CIO.

How big data analytics help hospitals stop a killer

How big data analytics help hospitals stop a killer

Wireless biosensors and big data analytics can help hospitals identify patients showing signs of sepsis, the leading cause of death in noncoronary intensive care units in the U.S. They can even keep monitoring patients who have been...

GE, Pitney Bowes team up on predictive and prescriptive analytics

GE, Pitney Bowes team up on predictive and prescriptive analytics

The two companies will use GE's Predix software platform for the Industrial Internet of Things to develop customized asset performance management applications.

Top cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service vendors

Top cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service vendors

Choosing the right cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) provider is growing increasingly difficult in a highly competitive market. Here are the top IaaS players identified by Gartner and their recommended use cases.

How SAP plans to bring analytics to soccer

How SAP plans to bring analytics to soccer

SAP and City Football Group have announced a global, multi-year partnership that will deliver data analytics to every level of CFG and its international football clubs, from business operations to fan engagement to player and team...

How 7 companies bring power to Hadoop big data applications

How 7 companies bring power to Hadoop big data applications

Intel and Cloudera joined forces just a year ago to accelerate enterprise Hadoop adoption. Here’s how seven companies have taken advantage of new technology to drive big data.

IT is not the bogeyman it used to be

IT is not the bogeyman it used to be

New research from CompTIA finds rogue IT is on the decline as business units recognize the value the IT team brings to security and integration.

R Consortium aims to strengthen data analysis

R Consortium aims to strengthen data analysis

Representatives from the R Foundation and industry representatives including Microsoft, Google and Oracle have formed the R Consortium to strengthen the technical and user communities around the R programming language for statistical...

comScore CTO shares big data lessons

comScore CTO shares big data lessons

Digital analytics company comScore has been using Hadoop to process its big data since 2009. With six years of experience using the technology in production, comScore CTO Mike Brown shares some of the lessons he's learned.

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