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.

Accenture expands AWS Business Group

5 tips to help developers keep up with changing technologies

5 tips to help developers keep up with changing technologies

Developers want to learn new technologies and build new things. These five tips can help keep your developers happy and the innovation flowing.

Splice Machine boosts hybrid relational data platform

Splice Machine boosts hybrid relational data platform

The startup adds support for columnar storage, in-memory caching and cost-optimized AWS storage to its hybrid transactional and analytical processing platform.

Ricoh USA transforms ediscovery in the public cloud

Ricoh USA transforms ediscovery in the public cloud

As part of its digital transformation, Ricoh has migrated its eDiscovery business to Microsoft Azure. The reasons: scalability, security and performance.

Nokia uses analytics, machine learning to help mobile providers

Nokia uses analytics, machine learning to help mobile providers

As mobile competition heats up, Nokia is betting that advanced data analytics and machine learning will help wireless carriers optimize their customer service.

Microsoft embraces open source in the cloud and on-premises

Microsoft embraces open source in the cloud and on-premises

Microsoft is positioning itself as the software vendor of choice for enterprises that maintain hybrid cloud environments, and it's opening its arms to Linux and open source software to do it.

 DataStax buys DataScale, plans to launch managed cloud service

DataStax buys DataScale, plans to launch managed cloud service

The NoSQL database software specialist, which powers companies like Netflix and eBay, has acquired DataScale, a provider of cloud-based management services for data infrastructure. The company plans to launch DataStax Managed Cloud...

Hortonworks Data Cloud optimized to spin up (and down) for AWS

Hortonworks Data Cloud optimized to spin up (and down) for AWS

The new cloud service is optimized for enterprise ephemeral workloads on AWS and designed to integrate with Amazon S3, RDS and EC2.

Half of banking customers now using fintech

Half of banking customers now using fintech

A new report finds half of banking customers around the globe are now using financial technology products or services from at least one fintech firm, but customers also put much more trust in traditional financial institutions.

Executives still mistrust insights from data and analytics

Executives still mistrust insights from data and analytics

Organizations say they are increasingly focusing on data-driven decision-making to guide their businesses, but a majority of business leaders lack confidence in the insights generated from data and analytics. Professional services...

Internet of Things poised to transform cities

Internet of Things poised to transform cities

Local, state and federal government officials agree that smart cities initiatives, enabled by the Internet of Things (IoT), will deliver cost and operational efficiencies.

Companies complacent about data breach preparedness

Companies complacent about data breach preparedness

The good news is that most organizations now have a data breach preparedness plan. But the bad news that many don't review, update or practice it, according to a new study.

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