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.

14 big data certifications that will pay off

CIOs step into strategic role as tech buying moves out of IT

CIOs step into strategic role as tech buying moves out of IT

Non-IT line of business leaders are increasingly taking over the technology purchasing responsibility that has traditionally belonged to CIOs, but one industry expert argues this shift represents an opportunity for CIOs.

How to get the most from a managed IT services provider

How to get the most from a managed IT services provider

As the managed services provider market matures, CIOs should resist the urge to go with the lowest-cost provider in favor of partners that understand your business and can help you achieve strategic goals.

14 big data certifications that will pay off

14 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.

CIOs should step into the IoT oversight void

CIOs should step into the IoT oversight void

The internet of things opens your business to significant security risks, but most boards don't understand the importance of IoT oversight, particularly third-party implementations. That's an opportunity for CIOs to take the lead.

3 keys to keeping your data lake from becoming a data swamp

3 keys to keeping your data lake from becoming a data swamp

Data lakes can store all your business data with ease, but beware: That massive repository of data can get bogged down, choking your data off from your users. Here’s how to prevent your data lake from turning into a data swamp.

CIOs key to bridging the IT/OT divide

CIOs key to bridging the IT/OT divide

The convergence of IT and operational technology provides a prime opportunity for business-minded CIOs to shine

New tool tallies your big data debt

New tool tallies your big data debt

The free Dremio Big Data Debt Calculator is a new tool from data analytics startup Dremio designed to help enterprises estimate the unplanned cost that stems from the use of non-relational data management technologies.

IOTA launches $2 million fund for IoT-focused blockchain derivative

IOTA launches $2 million fund for IoT-focused blockchain derivative

The open source nonprofit organization is seeking to foster growth of its distributed ledger technology.

How QVC uses streaming analytics to drive revenue

How QVC uses streaming analytics to drive revenue

Real-time analytics on transactional data -- combined with historical and other data -- help the home shopping retailer respond to trends in the moment.

How an AI caddie could improve your golf game

How an AI caddie could improve your golf game

Arccos Golf is leveraging the data generated by its golf performance tracking system to provide a subscription-based artificial intelligence caddie to help golfers make data-driven decisions on the course.

Why smart contracts can't be fully automated

Why smart contracts can't be fully automated

Smart contracts, enabled by blockchain technology, have the potential to streamline all manner of transactions. But most of them will still require humans in the middle.

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