Stories by Thor Olavsrud

Can a startup democratize big data apps?

Imagine a data platform that makes it easy for line-of-business users and data scientists to extract insights, as well as share and collaborate on them, from all data sets -- big and small -- for real-time decision making. All employees, regardless of technical background, would be able to utilize the same information without the need to restructure data for any specific query.

Written by Thor Olavsrud02 May 15 06:24

Dell brings advanced visualization to analytics platform

Dell Software today took the wraps off a partnership with data visualization specialist Datawatch. The partnership brings interactive visualization and dashboarding capabilities to Dell's Statistica advanced analytics platform and is designed to better position it for use by business analysts and other end users.

Written by Thor Olavsrud01 May 15 01:21

Why a data-driven transformation requires a cultural shift

It's a common refrain these days: Data-driven transformation isn't just about technology adoption, it requires changing the very culture of your organization -- the way your people think, interact and work. But what does that really mean?

Written by Thor Olavsrud08 April 15 05:31

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

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.

Written by Thor Olavsrud18 March 15 07:59

Why businesses should focus on wide data, not Big Data

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.

Written by Thor Olavsrud14 March 15 02:23

CIOs Share Lessons Learned From the Journey to the Cloud

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.

Written by Thor Olavsrud28 Feb. 15 06:34

How to Mitigate Data Monetization Risks

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.

Written by Thor Olavsrud27 Jan. 15 06:49

CEOs Have Rosier View of Data Initiatives Than Rest of Management

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.

Written by Thor Olavsrud23 Jan. 15 09:11

How Big Data Analytics Can Help Track Money Laundering

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.

Written by Thor Olavsrud21 Jan. 15 08:33

Security Experts React to President's Cybersecurity Proposals

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.

Written by Thor Olavsrud14 Jan. 15 06:47

5 Big Data Technology Predictions for 2015

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.

Written by Thor Olavsrud23 Dec. 14 06:53

Five information security trends that will dominate 2015

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.

Written by Thor Olavsrud11 Dec. 14 02:56

Internet of Things Helps Asthma Patients Breathe Easily

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.

Written by Thor Olavsrud26 Nov. 14 05:05

Yamaha Joins All-in Migration to the Public Cloud

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.

Written by Thor Olavsrud25 Nov. 14 01:51

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