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Stories by Thor Olavsrud

Microsoft Outlines Vision for Azure With New Services

By Thor Olavsrud | 22 October, 2014 03:01

At an event in San Francisco, Microsoft made a series of announcements around Microsoft Azure, further cementing its position as a core of Microsoft's business going forward.

Booz Allen Takes Data Science Training Online

By Thor Olavsrud | 21 October, 2014 04:45

When it comes to big data projects, the biggest challenge most organizations face, regardless of size, is staffing, says Peter Guerra, a principal in Booz Allen Hamilton's Strategic Innovation Group.

Hadoop platform, apps represent $1 trillion opportunity

By Thor Olavsrud | 17 October, 2014 07:16

Over the past few years, Hadoop and big data have exploded onto the tech landscape, garnering attention on par with cloud and mobile. But that may all be about to change, says Mike Olson, co-founder, chairman and CSO of Hadoop distribution vendor Cloudera.

MapR Makes Its NoSQL Database Freely Available in Community Edition

By Thor Olavsrud | 16 October, 2014 00:49

At O'Reilly Strata Conference + Hadoop World 2014 in New York City today, Hadoop distribution specialist MapR Technologies announced that its MapR-DB NoSQL key-value database is now available for unlimited production use as part of its free MapR Community Edition.

Hortonworks Boosts Support for Enterprise Needs in HDP 2.2

By Thor Olavsrud | 16 October, 2014 00:43

Hadoop specialist Hortonworks today announced that the newest version of its Hadoop distribution, Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) 2.2, will become generally available in November.

GE says industrial internet is here

By Thor Olavsrud | 10 October, 2014 08:35

"If you went to bed last night as an industrial company, you're going to wake up today as a software and analytics company," Jeff Immelt, chairman and CEO of industrial titan GE, told the crowd this morning as he kicked off GE's third annual Minds + Machines conference on the state of the industrial Internet.

IBM Watson HQ Opens for Business in New York's Silicon Alley

By Thor Olavsrud | 08 October, 2014 11:58

IBM will host the grand opening of its IBM Watson Global Headquarters at 51 Astor Place in the heart of New York City's "Silicon Alley" tomorrow morning. The 12-story building, designed by architect Fumihiko Maki (designer of Tower 4 of the new World Trade Center) and located just steps from the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, will be the home base for more than 600 IBM Watson employees.

CBS Interactive CIO Says Shadow IT Is an Opportunity

By Thor Olavsrud | 02 October, 2014 08:04

The term "shadow IT" has become a bugbear for IT organizations in recent years, an unknown that brings to mind security vulnerabilities or even suggests IT's creeping irrelevance to the business. But CBS Interactive CIO Steve Comstock says that's the wrong way to think of shadow IT. Instead, he says, IT should view shadow IT as an opportunity to understand the business and how to be an actual partner that understands the business's needs.

Local Virtual Desktops May Be the (Old) New Thing in BYOD

By Thor Olavsrud | 01 October, 2014 23:37

As an increasing number of IT organizations become interested in enabling bring-your-own-PC programs for their employees, an old idea may be gaining fresh adherents: desktop virtualization.

Intel Encourages Women to Pursue Cloud Training

By Thor Olavsrud | 30 September, 2014 02:15

Despite making up slightly more than half the U.S. population and filling slightly more than 50 percent of professional positions in the U.S., the percentage of women in technology jobs in the U.S. has been in decline. Intel sees that as a big problem with many causes, says Raejeanne Skillern, general manager of the Cloud Service Provider Business at Intel.

Windows Server 2003 End of Support Looms

By Thor Olavsrud | 25 September, 2014 23:46

Despite years of lead-time, many businesses had to scramble this year when Microsoft ended support for its incredibly popular Windows XP desktop operating system. The disruption caused by the end of support for Windows XP may be nothing compared with the disruption caused by the end of support for Windows Server 2003, slated for July 14, 2015.

MapR Aims to Take SQL-on-Hadoop to Next Level

By Thor Olavsrud | 17 September, 2014 05:42

Aiming to eliminate a number of onerous data engineering tasks, MapR today updated its distribution of Hadoop to include Apache Drill 0.5.

How big data is helping to save the planet

By Thor Olavsrud | 16 September, 2014 01:21

A little more than a year ago, Conservation International (CI) was wrestling with a mammoth big data problem.

C-level execs seeing big results from big data

By Thor Olavsrud | 12 September, 2014 06:30

An overwhelming majority of executives from companies that have brought big data projects to production are pleased with the results, according to new research by Accenture Digital. However, they also cite security as the major challenge they face.

Mayo Clinic turns to IBM's Watson to fill clinical trials

By Thor Olavsrud | 08 September, 2014 23:25

IBM's Watson cognitive computer will soon be helping Mayo Clinic enroll patients in clinical trials in an effort to increase the speed of new discoveries while offering patients more and better treatment possibilities.