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.

6 internet of things trends that will dominate 2018

6 internet of things trends that will dominate 2018

Many organizations are already incorporating IoT technologies into their products, processes and workflows, but 2018 is shaping up to be a breakout year for IoT deployments. Here are six IoT trends to watch in 2018.

The real reason you’re failing at PCI DSS compliance

The real reason you’re failing at PCI DSS compliance

For more than a decade, organizations have struggled to achieve and maintain PCI DSS compliance. The problem isn't knowledge or technology; it's proficiency.

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.

5 information security threats that will dominate 2018

5 information security threats that will dominate 2018

The global security threat outlook evolves with every coming year. To combat the threat in 2018, enterprises must understand these five global cyber threats.

Why your BI strategy needs a universal semantic data layer

Why your BI strategy needs a universal semantic data layer

A universal semantic data layer is a single business representation of all corporate data aimed at helping users access data using common business terms via the BI and analytics tools of their choice.

5 pitfalls of self-service BI

5 pitfalls of self-service BI

Self-service business intelligence offers many benefits, but bringing analytics and reporting closer to business units by bypassing IT can have unintended — and costly — consequences.

10 internet of things success stories

10 internet of things success stories

From government, to utilities, to logistics, the internet of things (IoT) is having a profound effect on many industries. Here are organizations from five verticals undergoing transformation thanks to innovative use of IoT...

10 tips for change management success

10 tips for change management success

Change management is the discipline of leading individuals, teams and entire organizations through organizational change via a combination of behavioral and social sciences, information technology and business solutions. Here are 10...

How to measure cybersecurity effectiveness — before it’s too late

How to measure cybersecurity effectiveness — before it’s too late

The majority of organizations don't apply metrics to their cybersecurity efforts, and those that do often measure the wrong things. Here’s how to ensure your cybersecurity projects pay off.

12 Microsoft Power BI success stories

12 Microsoft Power BI success stories

Microsoft Power BI provides organizations with self-service business intelligence tools that allow users to analyze, visualize and share data using the familiar Microsoft Excel spreadsheet. Here are 12 success stories built on Power...

Change management for digital transformation: What's different?

Change management for digital transformation: What's different?

If you want to change the game as CIO, you need a change management plan that addresses culture as much as technology.

Inside Antares Capital’s remarkable cloud-first transformation

Inside Antares Capital’s remarkable cloud-first transformation

After GE Capital sold Antares Capital, newly hired CIO Mary Cecola had to build an IT team and infrastructure from scratch. With an eye toward making IT a strategic partner to the business, she opted to go cloud-first.

CIOs step into strategic role as tech buying moves out of IT

CIOs step into strategic role as tech buying moves out of IT

Non-IT line of business leaders are increasingly taking over the technology purchasing responsibility that has traditionally belonged to CIOs, but one industry expert argues this shift represents an opportunity for CIOs.

How to get the most from a managed IT services provider

How to get the most from a managed IT services provider

As the managed services provider market matures, CIOs should resist the urge to go with the lowest-cost provider in favor of partners that understand your business and can help you achieve strategic goals.

14 big data certifications that will pay off

14 big data certifications that will pay off

Data scientists and data analysts as well as engineers and developers with the skills to work with big data technologies are sought after and well-compensated. Want an extra edge looking for your next job? Get big data certified.

CIOs should step into the IoT oversight void

CIOs should step into the IoT oversight void

The internet of things opens your business to significant security risks, but most boards don't understand the importance of IoT oversight, particularly third-party implementations. That's an opportunity for CIOs to take the lead.

3 keys to keeping your data lake from becoming a data swamp

3 keys to keeping your data lake from becoming a data swamp

Data lakes can store all your business data with ease, but beware: That massive repository of data can get bogged down, choking your data off from your users. Here’s how to prevent your data lake from turning into a data swamp.

CIOs key to bridging the IT/OT divide

CIOs key to bridging the IT/OT divide

The convergence of IT and operational technology provides a prime opportunity for business-minded CIOs to shine

New tool tallies your big data debt

New tool tallies your big data debt

The free Dremio Big Data Debt Calculator is a new tool from data analytics startup Dremio designed to help enterprises estimate the unplanned cost that stems from the use of non-relational data management technologies.

IOTA launches $2 million fund for IoT-focused blockchain derivative

IOTA launches $2 million fund for IoT-focused blockchain derivative

The open source nonprofit organization is seeking to foster growth of its distributed ledger technology.

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