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.

How McGraw-Hill identifies at-risk students

Penn Medicine shortens ICU stays with real-time data

Penn Medicine shortens ICU stays with real-time data

Leveraging real-time data streams from its EHR platform, Penn Medicine has created a dashboard and alerting system to speed the process of getting ICU patients breathing on their own.

Analytics gives HCSC the pulse of provider care

Analytics gives HCSC the pulse of provider care

The not-for-profit health insurer is leveraging machine learning and predictive analytics to build provider networks that offer better health outcomes and higher cost efficiency.

Jackson Health System taps data flows to improve care

Jackson Health System taps data flows to improve care

Homegrown data-as-a-service platform helps one of the largest public health systems in the country better serve patients while cutting costs.

Data mining the stars: The virtualized telescope that transformed astronomy

Data mining the stars: The virtualized telescope that transformed astronomy

More than 15TB of queryable data generated by the Sloan Digital Sky Survey is allowing astronomers to shave years off their research projects.

7 master data management certifications that will pay off

7 master data management certifications that will pay off

Individuals with expertise in master data management (MDM) are essential to helping organizations get the most out of their data and comply with regulations. Here are the MDM certifications that will give your career an edge.

26 big data certifications that will pay off

26 big data certifications that will pay off

Data scientists, data analysts and data engineers are in high demand. Here are the big data and data analytics certifications that will give your career an edge.

Indiana University modernizes BI strategy to drive better decisions

Indiana University modernizes BI strategy to drive better decisions

The university’s Decision Support Initiative (DSI) has helped the administration and academic units improve decision-making through enhanced data, models, and processes.

Ebates looks to cloud data lake to resolve ETL dilemma

Ebates looks to cloud data lake to resolve ETL dilemma

Several years ago, an on-premises data lake was the answer to Ebates' BI infrastructure woes. Today, spikes in demand from ad hoc queries are interfering with core ETL workloads.

Farmers Insurance scales training with virtual reality

Farmers Insurance scales training with virtual reality

Farmers Insurance Group leverages VR to accelerate the training of its claims adjusters by giving them the opportunity to experience thousands of scenarios.

Digital transformation in food processing? Think automated audits

Digital transformation in food processing? Think automated audits

Food processing is still a highly manual industry, but packaging company Sealed Air is helping its customers improve yield and reduce waste with automated audits.

What is data science? A method for turning data into value

What is data science? A method for turning data into value

Data science is a method for transforming business data into assets that help organizations improve revenue, reduce costs, seize business opportunities, improve customer experience, and more.

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