Thor Olavsrud

Senior Writer

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

CBS Interactive CIO Says Shadow IT Is an Opportunity

Local Virtual Desktops May Be the (Old) New Thing in BYOD

Local Virtual Desktops May Be the (Old) New Thing in BYOD

For IT organizations seeking to take a more employee-centric stance by employing a Bring Your Own PC (BYOPC) program, client hosted desktop virtualization may be what the doctor ordered.

Intel Encourages Women to Pursue Cloud Training

Intel Encourages Women to Pursue Cloud Training

Aiming to make cloud computing and DevOps training more accessible to women, Intel is sponsoring the IC3 Cloud Scholars program.

Windows Server 2003 End of Support Looms

Windows Server 2003 End of Support Looms

IT organizations must begin putting in place their migration plans now or risk major disruptions in 2015.

10 Ways Big Data Is Changing the Business of Sports

10 Ways Big Data Is Changing the Business of Sports

Advances in capturing, storing and analyzing data are revolutionizing every aspect of sports, from training to broadcasting to fan engagement. Here are just a few examples of the ways big data is changing sports.

MapR Aims to Take SQL-on-Hadoop to Next Level

MapR Aims to Take SQL-on-Hadoop to Next Level

Seeking to eliminate the need to manage schemas and perform time-consuming ETL tasks on incoming data before exploring it, MapR is adding the Apache Drill distributed ANSI SQL query engine to its Hadoop distribution.

How Big Data Is Helping to Save the Planet

How Big Data Is Helping to Save the Planet

With the help of HP's Vertica Analytics Platform, Conservation International is crunching data from images to monitor the biodiversity of tropical forests around the world.

C-Level Executives Seeing Big Results From Big Data

C-Level Executives Seeing Big Results From Big Data

A study by Accenture finds that many organizations are putting big data initiatives into production and the vast majority of those that do are pleased with the results.

9 Rules for the Developer-ization of IT

9 Rules for the Developer-ization of IT

CIOs who want to drive innovation and change in their organizations should focus on making the lives of developers easier so they can innovate, produce great apps and deliver valuable IP.

Mayo Clinic Turns to IBM's Watson to Fill Clinical Trials

Mayo Clinic Turns to IBM's Watson to Fill Clinical Trials

Mayo clinicians will leverage Watson's natural language processing and data analytics capabilities to quickly sift through millions of pages of clinical trial and patient data to match patients with appropriate clinical trials.

11 Steps Attackers Took to Crack Target

11 Steps Attackers Took to Crack Target

Aorato, a specialist in Active Directory monitoring and protection, delivers a step-by-step report on how attackers used the stolen credentials of an HVAC vendor to steal the data of 70 million customers and 40 million credit cards...

How IBM Serves Up Data to Tennis Fans at U.S. Open

How IBM Serves Up Data to Tennis Fans at U.S. Open

IBM is using a combination of mobile, cloud and data analytics technologies to help the United States Tennis Association transform the U.S. Open fan experience.

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