Thor Olavsrud

Senior Writer

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

UNTS focuses on culture, governance to make data work

UNTS focuses on culture, governance to make data work

Drowning in data it couldn't use, the University of North Texas System adopted an ambitious strategy to build a data-driven culture and the ability to apply analytics to every aspect of its operations.

Identifying high-risk patients with predictive analytics

Identifying high-risk patients with predictive analytics

NorthShore University HealthSystem's emergency departments leverage data and predictive analytics to help it determine which chest pain patients should be admitted for observation and which patients can be sent home.

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.

AI helps Land O' Lakes churn data into sales

AI helps Land O' Lakes churn data into sales

The Fortune 500 dairy giant is leveraging data and artificial intelligence to optimize pricing, target sales, and forecast future demand.

United goes digital to ease overbooked-flight aggravation

United goes digital to ease overbooked-flight aggravation

The airline's Volunteer Solicitation Program leverages automation, data analytics, and gamification to boost customer satisfaction when flights are overbooked.

4 data analytics trends that will dominate 2019

4 data analytics trends that will dominate 2019

Thinking of leveraging data analytics and data science as part of your digital transformation? An automated, back-to-basics approach and data-driven culture may be key.

5 ways IBM Cognos Analytics is transforming business

5 ways IBM Cognos Analytics is transforming business

IBM's Cognos Analytics has integrated the artificial intelligence capabilities of IBM Watson Analytics. Here’s how five organizations are using Cognos Analytics to transform their operations.

Mercer streamlines operations with machine learning

Mercer streamlines operations with machine learning

Human resources consulting firm Mercer turns to machine learning to optimize the highly manual process of collecting data from 30,000 compensation and benefit surveys every year.

Culture key to data-driven transformation at Jefferson Health

Culture key to data-driven transformation at Jefferson Health

When Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health set out create the data-driven health system of the future, its efforts didn't kick into high gear until it figured out how to transform its culture.

For Bayer Crop Science, decision science breeds success

For Bayer Crop Science, decision science breeds success

Bayer Crop Science is bringing machine learning and artificial intelligence to every aspect of its business, from logistics to genetic sequencing.

For Ginnie Mae, data analytics lends disaster relief

For Ginnie Mae, data analytics lends disaster relief

Disastrous hurricanes in 2017 spurred the Government National Mortgage Association to develop an analytics dashboard to mitigate loss exposure and forecast the financial impact of future disasters.

Heidelberg data platform transforms the printing press

Heidelberg data platform transforms the printing press

The 150-year-old company’s interactive digital platform gives its industrial offset press customers real-time access to data about the service and performance status of their print shops.

How McGraw-Hill identifies at-risk students

How McGraw-Hill identifies at-risk students

McGraw-Hill Education is developing a project called Insights to surface data from its AI-based assessment and learning system to help identify students who are struggling and at risk of failing.

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.

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.

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