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.

Databricks unveils commercial support for Apache Spark 2.0

Businesses failing to secure privileged accounts

Businesses failing to secure privileged accounts

A new benchmark survey finds that more than half of organizations have a failing grade when it comes to securing privileged accounts that can give attackers access to their entire networks.

AI expanding in the enterprise (whether or not you know it)

AI expanding in the enterprise (whether or not you know it)

Many organizations are already using technologies that rely on artificial intelligence, according to a recent study, and many more will adopt AI technologies within the next two years.

Security teams consulted too late on digital transformation

Security teams consulted too late on digital transformation

A new survey finds 76 percent of IT professionals with responsibility for security feel their security teams are brought in too late to have a meaningful impact on digital transformation projects.

Why ITSM is on the cusp of a major shift

Why ITSM is on the cusp of a major shift

While the IT service management community has stepped up its collection of performance data from its customers, it's been slow to take the next step of applying data-driven automation. A new survey suggests adoption will happen in a...

Cisco aims to simplify security

Cisco aims to simplify security

By combining its network visibility and breadth of integrated products, Cisco aims to make it simple for distributed and mobile businesses to deploy effective security while reducing the complexity required to manage it.

New Relic adds support for Golang, SPA monitoring

New Relic adds support for Golang, SPA monitoring

The software-as-a-service application performance monitoring provider is adding support for a popular programming language used in microservices, and also offering greater visibility into single-page applications.

Spending on public cloud IT infrastructure to hit $23.3 billion

Spending on public cloud IT infrastructure to hit $23.3 billion

Research firm IDC forecasts strong spending on IT infrastructure for cloud environments in 2016, particularly public cloud environments, despite the slowdown in spending in the first quarter.

Compliance Dictionary aims for a simpler life

Compliance Dictionary aims for a simpler life

With the assistance of machine learning, the UCF's Compliance Dictionary seeks to simplify the process of creating common controls with a lexicon that maps the connection between terms in authority documents.

MapR's Spyglass keeps an eye on big data deployments

MapR's Spyglass keeps an eye on big data deployments

MapR Technologies' new Spyglass Initiative is an open and extensible approach designed to centralized monitoring of big data deployments.

Hortonworks ups its security and data governance game with HDP 2.5

Hortonworks ups its security and data governance game with HDP 2.5

Hadoop distribution vendor, Hortonworks, announced HDP 2.5 at Hadoop Summit, along with an expansion to its Partnerworks program and a reseller agreement with self-service BI on Hadoop specialist AtScale.

How GE software is making its mark on the Industrial Internet

How GE software is making its mark on the Industrial Internet

GE is using digital models of individual industrial assets, fed with data from the Internet of Things and tuned with machine learning, to drive efficiency.

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