Thor Olavsrud

Senior Writer

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

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.

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.

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