Thor Olavsrud

Senior Writer

Thor Olavsrud covers IT security, Big Data and open source technologies for CIO.com. He resides in New York.

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Splunk App Captures Real-Time Streaming Wire Data

Splunk adds capability to capture wire data to its platform, dramatically expanding use cases for application management, IT operations, security and business analytics.

Forget Five 9s, Splunk Promises 100 Percent Uptime

With its new service level agreement, Splunk assures its Splunk Cloud customers that their machine data analytics will be available 100 percent of the time. Splunk reports that is is also cutting costs and adding making its service...

How AWS Helped Scale App for World Cup Social Media Hub

How AWS Helped Scale App for World Cup Social Media Hub

if you're going to operate the official social media hub for the FIFA World Cup, you've got to be able to overcome the problem of scale. Spredfast did it with flying colors with the help of Amazon Web Services.

Data Scientist Role Shifting to Focus on Developers

Data Scientist Role Shifting to Focus on Developers

Anant Jhingran, one of the luminaries that helped develop IBM's Watson, says that as big data becomes more mainstream, data scientists must begin to think of their role as enabling developers to deliver business value to end users in...

11 Big Data Certifications That Will Pay Off

11 Big Data Certifications That Will Pay Off

Data scientists and data analysts as well as engineers and developers with the skills to work with big data technologies are sought after and well-compensated. Want an extra edge looking for your next job? Get big data certified.

Business Leaders Who Think Strategically About IT Infrastructure Drive Results

Business Leaders Who Think Strategically About IT Infrastructure Drive Results

According to a new study by IBM, organizations with a strategic vision for IT infrastructure focused on driving competitive advantage and optimizing revenue and profit tend to significantly outperform their peers.

Can Data Analytics Make Teachers Better Educators?

Can Data Analytics Make Teachers Better Educators?

Teachers have always had to analyze data about how their students are learning, but data analytics tailored to their needs offers the promise of supporting and automating much of that work, allowing them to spend less effort...

Business Agility Drives Cloud Adoption

Business Agility Drives Cloud Adoption

Companies adopting cloud computing most aggressively say that business agility -- not cost -- is the primary driver of adoption.

9 Tips for CIOs as Summer Vacations Hit

9 Tips for CIOs as Summer Vacations Hit

Have trouble leaving the office behind when you go on vacation? Here are nine tips to help give CIOs peace of mind when they (and their staff and fellow employees) head out for summer R&R.

Why a Media Giant Sold Its Data Center and Headed to the Cloud

Condé Nast's CTO says the media company is no longer in the business of maintaining a data center. It has gone 'all-in' on the cloud with Amazon Web Services.

IBM to Invest $3 Billion in Chips for Cloud, Big Data Systems

To address the physical limitations of silicon transistors, IBM is investing heavily in research of new chip architectures and materials to power new generations of cloud, big data and cognitive systems.

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