Thor Olavsrud

Senior Writer

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

Predictive analytics help PPG customers prevent corrosion

Predictive analytics help PPG customers prevent corrosion

The supplier of paints, coatings, and specialty materials has created a new analytics service to help its customers maximize the uptime and life expectancy of their industrial assets.

Top 13 data engineer and data architect certifications

Top 13 data engineer and data architect certifications

Data engineers and data architects are in high demand. Here are the certifications that will give your career an edge.

The top 9 big data and data analytics certifications for 2020

The top 9 big data and data analytics certifications for 2020

Data scientists and data analysts are in high demand. Here are the big data certifications that will give your career an edge.

5 data analytics investments worth the hype

5 data analytics investments worth the hype

Analytics technologies are all too often hyped as transformational magic. But these five emerging analytics investments look promising and productive enough to fuel future bottom-line benefits.

12 business intelligence certifications to advance your BI career

12 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 a dozen certifications that could give your career an edge.

Data preparation tools: Your analytics strategy’s secret weapon

Data preparation tools: Your analytics strategy’s secret weapon

Data preparation is frequently cited as the leading roadblock to leveraging data within an organization. Getting the right tool for your organization can help you breakthrough.

Merck proves 3D printing's transformative power

Merck proves 3D printing's transformative power

Merck's core IT infrastructure team took the lead in helping the business innovate by exploring the transformative power of 3D printing.

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.

IRS combats fraud with advanced data analytics

IRS combats fraud with advanced data analytics

The Internal Revenue Service deals with billions of dollars in identity theft tax refund fraud every year. Anomaly detection powered by advanced analytics is helping to combat it.

Ricoh reimagines field service with ‘merged reality’

Ricoh reimagines field service with ‘merged reality’

The Smart Hands project brings together data, communications technology, and subject matter experts to help field-service technicians know everything about repairing and servicing more than 300 product lines.

Advanced analytics gives health benefit company competitive edge

Advanced analytics gives health benefit company competitive edge

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee drills into data to help its partners better tackle budget pressures and member care by getting insights faster.

Kaiser Permanente reduces patient mortality with predictive analytics

Kaiser Permanente reduces patient mortality with predictive analytics

The managed care consortium's Advance Alert Monitor early warning system uses predictive analytics to identify patients at risk of deterioration within the next 12 hours.

Analytics helps Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport F1 team take pole position

Analytics helps Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport F1 team take pole position

For Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport, data visualization, predictive analytics, and AI were key to winning its fifth consecutive Formula One World Constructor's Championship in 2018.

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.

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.

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