Thor Olavsrud

Senior Writer

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

Predictive analytics: 4 success stories

Predictive analytics: 4 success stories

These four companies are using predictive analytics to make their services more efficient, optimize maintenance, find potential threats, and even save lives.

Discover transforms data pipeline for AI success

Discover transforms data pipeline for AI success

Seeking to streamline the processes required to fully leverage machine learning and real-time data insights, Discover Financial Services has created a cloud-native data fabric that automates much of the work.

Analytics and AI helps Experian help its customers

Analytics and AI helps Experian help its customers

The consumer credit reporting company is leveraging its data and data scientists to create new services for its customers.

Rolls-Royce turns to digital twins to improve jet engine efficiency

Rolls-Royce turns to digital twins to improve jet engine efficiency

The multinational aerospace and defense company is helping its customers dramatically reduce the amount of carbon their planes produce and optimize maintenance schedules using predictive analytics.

What is master data management? Ensuring a single source of truth

What is master data management? Ensuring a single source of truth

MDM is a set of disciplines, processes, and technologies for managing data about entities, such as products and customers, around which business is conducted.

VMware tackles ESG with innovation

VMware tackles ESG with innovation

VMware has created an environmental, social, and governance (ESG) function within the Office of the CTO that is working closely with the company’s CIO to mitigate risk and drive innovation.

Truck maker Oshkosh drives decisions with data

Truck maker Oshkosh drives decisions with data

The 104-year-old manufacturer of specialty trucks and military vehicles is leveraging data to optimize its business.

San Jose Sharks build fan engagement with analytics

San Jose Sharks build fan engagement with analytics

Seeking better insight into its marketing efforts, the NHL hockey team is breaking down data silos between business functions and leveraging data in new ways to maximize fan revenue.

What is NLP? Natural language processing explained

What is NLP? Natural language processing explained

Natural language processing is a branch of AI that enables computers to understand, process, and generate language just as people do — and its use in business is rapidly growing.

What is data visualization? Presenting data for decision-making

What is data visualization? Presenting data for decision-making

Data visualization is the presentation of data in a graphical format to make it easier for decision makers to see and understand trends, outliers, and patterns in data.

DC Water hunts lost water with analytics

DC Water hunts lost water with analytics

Predictive analytics and AI are helping the District of Columbia’s water authority discover water main and sewer pipe breaks proactively.

NJ Transit leverages data for bus and rail transformation

NJ Transit leverages data for bus and rail transformation

NJ Transit CTO Faisal Jameel has launched a data-driven overhaul to transform how the third-largest public transit agency in the US serves its passengers.

Data governance: A best practices framework for managing data assets

Data governance: A best practices framework for managing data assets

Data governance defines roles, responsibilities, and processes for ensuring accountability for and ownership of data assets across the enterprise.

3 analytics and AI trends that will dominate 2021

3 analytics and AI trends that will dominate 2021

As enterprises continue to grapple with the pandemic, proving the ROI of analytics and AI, enabling intelligent automation, and leveraging data for diversity, equity, and inclusion will be critical.

Convergint builds data science team from the ground up

Convergint builds data science team from the ground up

The installer of integrated building systems’ first-ever CIO, Bhuvana Badrinathan, launched data capabilities to predict sales revenue using automated data ingestion and feature engineering.

What is business process management? The key to enterprise agility

What is business process management? The key to enterprise agility

Business process management (BPM) is the practice of discovering and controlling an organization’s processes to align them with business goals as the business evolves.

What is data analytics? Analyzing and managing data for decisions

What is data analytics? Analyzing and managing data for decisions

Data analytics is a discipline focused on extracting insights from data, including the analysis, collection, organization, and storage of data, as well as the tools and techniques used to do so.

What is a chief analytics officer? The exec who turns data into decisions

What is a chief analytics officer? The exec who turns data into decisions

A chief analytics officer leads an organization’s data analytics strategy, driving data-related business changes in an effort to transform your company into a more analytics-driven one.

Top 12 BI tools of 2021

Top 12 BI tools of 2021

It’s not always easy choosing a business intelligence tool to meet the needs of your enterprise. Here are 12 that could work for you.

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.

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