Stories by Thor Olavsrud

In Pictures: 9 biggest information security threats for the next two years

By Thor Olavsrud | 18 March, 2015 07:59

Each year, the Information Security Forum, a non-profit association that researches and analyzes security and risk management issues, releases its 'Threat Horizon' report to provide a forward-looking view of the biggest security threats over a two-year period. Here are the top 9 threats to watch for through 2017.

Why businesses should focus on wide data, not Big Data

By Thor Olavsrud | 14 March, 2015 02:23

In these heady days of Big Data, a lot of organisations treat data collection like a Pokémon game: Gotta catch it all. But Dane Atkinson, CEO of cross-platform marketing analytics specialist, SumAll, says most organizations need to think wide, not big, when it comes to data.

CIOs Share Lessons Learned From the Journey to the Cloud

By Thor Olavsrud | 28 February, 2015 06:34

The journey to the cloud can be fraught with peril and unexpected pitfalls, but many companies have undertaken to make it anyway due to the promised benefits from agility and scalability to cost reduction. IT executives who have successfully navigated the dangers have learned many lessons along the way.

How to Mitigate Data Monetization Risks

By Thor Olavsrud | 27 January, 2015 06:49

Collect all the data. Store all the data. Once you've got a massive reservoir of data, you'll be able to answer all the questions the business wants to ask, right? Maybe you can even anonymize the data, package it and sell it, driving revenue to the bottom line.

CEOs Have Rosier View of Data Initiatives Than Rest of Management

By Thor Olavsrud | 23 January, 2015 09:11

CEOs may have a very different -- and far more positive -- view of the current status and benefits of data initiatives than the rest of management in their organizations, according to a new study by the Economist Intelligence Unit.

How Big Data Analytics Can Help Track Money Laundering

By Thor Olavsrud | 21 January, 2015 08:33

For the past decade, governments around the world have established international anti-money laundering (AML) and counter-terrorist financing efforts in an effort to shut down the cross-border flow of funds to criminal and terrorist organizations. Their success has encouraged criminals to move their cash smuggling away from the financial system to the byzantine world of global trade. According to PwC US, big data analytics are becoming essential to tracking these activities.

Security Experts React to President's Cybersecurity Proposals

By Thor Olavsrud | 14 January, 2015 06:47

Information security experts today praised the attention U.S. President Barack Obama is lavishing on cybersecurity, but have some concerns about how proposed legislation will be implemented and enforced while others say the proposals don't go far enough.

5 Big Data Technology Predictions for 2015

By Thor Olavsrud | 23 December, 2014 06:53

In just a few short years, big data technologies have gone from the realm of hype to one of the core disruptors of the new digital age. 2014 saw big data initiatives inside the enterprise increasingly move from test to production. In 2015, big data will push further into the enterprise with even more use cases -- specifically real-time use cases -- says John Schroeder, CEO and co-founder of Hadoop distribution specialist MapR.

Five information security trends that will dominate 2015

By Thor Olavsrud | 11 December, 2014 02:56

In information security circles, 2014 has been a year of what seems like a never-ending stream of cyberthreats and data breaches, affecting retailers, banks, gaming networks, governments and more.

Internet of Things Helps Asthma Patients Breathe Easily

By Thor Olavsrud | 26 November, 2014 05:05

With a bit of help from Microsoft and the Internet of Things (IoT), Swedish medical device company Aerocrine is helping doctors around the world diagnose and treat millions of asthma sufferers more effectively.

Yamaha Joins All-in Migration to the Public Cloud

By Thor Olavsrud | 25 November, 2014 01:51

Yamaha Corporation of America, maker of musical instruments and high-end audiovisual gear, has joined the ranks of mid-size enterprises leaving their data centers behind and going all in with public cloud infrastructure Ᾱ well, almost. Its Oracle ERP and Cisco voice system remain on-premises for now.

Why CIOs Need to Embrace New Norms of the Hybrid Cloud

By Thor Olavsrud | 20 November, 2014 07:33

Forget viewing yourself as a cloud services broker. In today's hybrid cloud enterprise the CIO's truly high value role is the creation of seamless business flows that bridge cloud and on-premisec infrastructure to help the business operate better, says Intel CIO Kim Stevenson.

Glassbeam Integrates Its IoT Analytics Platform with Spark

By Thor Olavsrud | 19 November, 2014 02:39

With an eye toward enhancing its Internet of Things (IoT) analytics platform with advanced machine learning and real-time analytics capabilities, machine data analytics specialist Glassbeam today released a new version of the platform that tightly integrates it with Apache Spark.

Enterprises Moving Big Data Workloads to Public Cloud

By Thor Olavsrud | 13 November, 2014 05:21

It's no secret that many IT professionals in large enterprises look down at public clouds -- they don't consider them reliable, secure or safe. But that perception may be shifting, at least when it comes to big data workloads.

In Pictures: 10 IBM Watson-powered apps that are changing our world

By Thor Olavsrud | 07 November, 2014 08:49

IBM is investing $US1 billion in its IBM Watson Group with the aim of creating an ecosystem of startups and businesses building cognitive computing applications with Watson. Here are 10 examples that are making an impact.