Thor Olavsrud

Senior Writer

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

National Response Portal enables hospital data sharing to combat coronavirus

National Response Portal enables hospital data sharing to combat coronavirus

Several large U.S. healthcare systems have teamed with Google and SADA to establish an open data platform to provide hospitals and government officials granular views of ICU and ventilator utilization at the local level.

Healthcare analytics: 4 success stories

Healthcare analytics: 4 success stories

These four healthcare organizations are using analytics to drive better patient outcomes, streamline operations and cut costs.

Ellie Mae turns to AI for autonomous threat hunting

Ellie Mae turns to AI for autonomous threat hunting

The mortgage processor is using threat intelligence, predictive analytics, and AI to proactively hunt advanced persistent threats like ransomware.

MWAA brings facial recognition to the airline boarding process

MWAA brings facial recognition to the airline boarding process

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority is enabling paperless boarding via a biometric identity management system that uses facial recognition technology — no boarding pass or passport required.

Upskilling transforms Jabil employees into data scientists

Upskilling transforms Jabil employees into data scientists

The global manufacturing services provider struggled to find data scientists to leverage its data, so it developed them internally with its Citizen Data Science program.

Predictive analytics gives Owens Corning an edge in turbine blade development

Predictive analytics gives Owens Corning an edge in turbine blade development

With help from the manufacturer's analytics center of excellence, the Owens Corning innovation group has reduced the time it takes to test composite materials from weeks to hours.

Tableau certification guide: Kick-start your analytics career

Tableau certification guide: Kick-start your analytics career

BI and data visualization skills are in demand and Tableau certifications are a great way to get ahead. Here's our guide to Tableau’s Desktop and Server certs, including costs, training, and value.

Decision support systems: Sifting data for better business decisions

Decision support systems: Sifting data for better business decisions

Decision support systems are a subset of business intelligence aimed at helping organizations make informed business decisions based on vast troves of analyzed data.

Digital transformation helps AAFP find new relevance with its members

Digital transformation helps AAFP find new relevance with its members

The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) was losing touch with its members until a three-year digital transformation project helped it better engage them.

TIAA reduces client service complexity with digital twin

TIAA reduces client service complexity with digital twin

Onboarding new institutional clients to the non-profit financial services provider's Outsourced Services was a highly complex and manual task, but a digital twin powered by a graph database has helped automate and streamline the...

IBM adds AI-fueled forecasting to Planning Analytics platform

IBM adds AI-fueled forecasting to Planning Analytics platform

The addition to the Planning Analytics portfolio gives SMBs and business units in the enterprise an on-ramp to integrated, AI-powered planning and forecasting without relying on IT support.

Kaiser Permanente streamlines operations with analytics

Kaiser Permanente streamlines operations with analytics

The healthcare consortium has reduced patient waiting times and the amount of time hospital leaders spend manually preparing data for operational activities with data analytics.

The business value of NLP: 5 success stories

The business value of NLP: 5 success stories

These five organizations are using natural language processing to better serve their customers, automate repetitive tasks, and streamline operations.

Oracle takes aim at workforce analytics with new HCM offering

Oracle takes aim at workforce analytics with new HCM offering

Oracle Analytics for Cloud HCM offers self-service analytics capabilities to HR executives, analysts, and line-of-business leaders.

Real-time analytics: 4 success stories

Real-time analytics: 4 success stories

These five companies are using real-time analytics to improve agility, respond to customers as needs change, optimize pricing, and identify inefficiencies affecting their bottom line.

Bayer Crop Science leverages image analytics for precision agriculture

Bayer Crop Science leverages image analytics for precision agriculture

Images captured by drones and processed by artificial intelligence help Bayer Crop Science better serve its customers and develop crops that are more resistant to insects, disease, and storm damage.

Legal analytics: Accenture applies NLP to analyze contracts and liabilities

Legal analytics: Accenture applies NLP to analyze contracts and liabilities

To find specific information in a million-plus contracts, the global professional services company turned to natural language processing and AI, launching a legal analytics hub in the process.

Tableau joins effort to fight pandemic with data

Tableau joins effort to fight pandemic with data

Tableau's COVID-19 Data Hub is an example of how data and analytics companies are mobilizing data resources to help combat the novel coronavirus.

KeyBank calculates the cost of analytics in the cloud

KeyBank calculates the cost of analytics in the cloud

With its on-premises capacity filling up, KeyBank is pivoting its analytics efforts to the cloud — a shift that will mean big changes to how its users work, given the variable costs of queries and egress.

10 most powerful data analytics companies

10 most powerful data analytics companies

Here's our rundown of what makes these 10 analytics vendors the biggest power players within the enterprise.

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