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.

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comScore CTO shares big data lessons

comScore CTO shares big data lessons

Digital analytics company comScore has been using Hadoop to process its big data since 2009. With six years of experience using the technology in production, comScore CTO Mike Brown shares some of the lessons he's learned.

How CISOs can create security KPIs and KRIs

How CISOs can create security KPIs and KRIs

The Information Security Forum recommends that CISOs take a four-step approach to creating key performance indicators (KPIs) and key risk indicators (KRIs) to support informed decision-making.

IBM announces container service for Bluemix

IBM announces container service for Bluemix

The new IBM Containers service, based on the open source Docker software container technology, is designed to help developers deliver applications across hybrid cloud environments.

IBM Bluemix powers hybrid cloud apps for IoT, analytics

IBM Bluemix powers hybrid cloud apps for IoT, analytics

Capgemini subsidiary Sogeti will use IBM Bluemix to help developers and clients in 15 countries build Internet of Things and analytics applications for a range of vertical industries.

How predictive analytics can help end slave labor

How predictive analytics can help end slave labor

Slavery may be illegal around the world, but the practice is alive and well. Whether you know it or not, it probably supports your modern lifestyle. Supply chain analytics can help companies discover forced labor and child labor in...

IBM commits to Apache Spark compute engine

IBM commits to Apache Spark compute engine

Big Blue will embed Spark in its platforms and offer itas a service on its IBM Bluemix cloud. It will also an donate its IBM SystemML machine learning technology to the Spark open source ecosystem.

Cascading big data framework gets Apache Tez support

Cascading big data framework gets Apache Tez support

Big data application platform specialist Concurrent, primary sponsor of the Cascading open source Java big data application framework, has released Cascading 3.0 with support for the Apache Tez compute fabric.

Pentaho adds Amazon EMR, SAP HANA to data integration platform

Pentaho adds Amazon EMR, SAP HANA to data integration platform

The data integration specialist, recently acquired by Hitachi Data Systems (HDS), updates its platform offer support for Amazon EMR and SAP HANA.

MapR 5.0 Hadoop supports real-time applications

MapR 5.0 Hadoop supports real-time applications

MapR Technologies latest version of its Hadoop distribution auto-synchronizes storage, database and search indices to support real-time applications.

How IBM Watson apps are changing 7 industries

How IBM Watson apps are changing 7 industries

These seven IBM Watson-powered apps are transforming the way work is done in industries ranging from healthcare and travel to entertainment and oil & gas.

HDS adds to advanced analytics portfolio with Pentaho buy

HDS adds to advanced analytics portfolio with Pentaho buy

With today's acquisition of Pentaho, Hitachi Data Systems looks to take a leadership role in the Internet of Things, operational technology, big data and machine-to-machine analytics.

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