Thor Olavsrud

Senior Writer

Thor Olavsrud covers data analytics, business intelligence, and data science for CIO.com. He resides in New York.

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What is business analytics? Using data to predict business outcomes

What is business analytics? Using data to predict business outcomes

Business analytics is the practical application of statistical analysis and technologies on business data to identify trends and predict business outcomes.

What is a data analyst? A key role for data-driven business decisions

What is a data analyst? A key role for data-driven business decisions

Data analysts help organizations understand the current state of the business by interpreting a wide range of data.

8 business intelligence certifications to advance your BI career

8 business intelligence certifications to advance your BI career

From BI analysts and BI developers to BI architects and BI directors, business intelligence pros are in high demand. Here are eight certifications that could give your career an edge.

What is DataOps? Collaborative, cross-functional analytics

What is DataOps? Collaborative, cross-functional analytics

DataOps (data operations) is an emerging discipline that brings together DevOps teams with data engineer and data scientist roles to provide the tools, processes and organizational structures to support the data-focused enterprise.

9 master data management certifications that will pay off

9 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.

What is data science? Transforming data into value

What is data science? Transforming 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.

What is data architecture? A framework for managing data

What is data architecture? A framework for managing data

Data architecture translates business needs into data and system requirements and seeks to manage data and its flow through the enterprise.

5 famous analytics and AI disasters

5 famous analytics and AI disasters

Insights from data and machine learning algorithms can be invaluable, but mistakes can cost you reputation, revenue, or even lives. These high-profile analytics and AI blunders illustrate what can go wrong.

What is a data architect? IT’s data framework visionary

What is a data architect? IT’s data framework visionary

Data architects visualize and design an organization's enterprise data management framework, aligned with enterprise strategy and business architecture.

IT leadership lessons from CIO 100 Award winners

IT leadership lessons from CIO 100 Award winners

Today’s CIOs must develop deep partnerships with business leaders and keep their teams focused on delivering innovation that pushes the business forward. Here five IT leaders discuss their award-winning initiatives and share insights...

Salesforce to add Einstein Analytics AI to Tableau platform

Salesforce to add Einstein Analytics AI to Tableau platform

Salesforce's Einstein Analytics offering will be rebranded as Tableau CRM and Einstein's AI and machine learning capabilities will be integrated with the Tableau platform in a push to democratize data science.

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