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Stories by Thor Olavsrud

Business Leaders Who Think Strategically About IT Infrastructure Drive Results

By Thor Olavsrud | 30 July, 2014 23:31

As a result of the confluence of disruptors such as cloud technology, mobile, social media, and big data and analytics, organizations today are rethinking their IT infrastructure from the ground up -- and it's not just IT architects and data center leaders involved.

Can Data Analytics Make Teachers Better Educators?

By Thor Olavsrud | 28 July, 2014 23:42

"We're all data analysts now," has become a common refrain in the data analytics world as organizations increasingly rely on data to provide 360 degree views of their businesses and customers and to aid their decision-making. In many ways, this has been true all along -- employees have always had to make decisions based on the information at their disposal, often incomplete, analog or anecdotal in nature.

Business agility drives cloud adoption

By Thor Olavsrud | 21 July, 2014 14:22

Companies moving aggressively to adopt cloud computing are winning competitive advantage by reducing complexity and increasing business agility, according to a recent study by Harvard Business Review Analytic Services.

Why a Media Giant Sold Its Data Center and Headed to the Cloud

By Thor Olavsrud | 16 July, 2014 05:54

Two weeks ago, venerable media company Condé Nast -- publisher of magazines like Vogue, The New Yorker and Wired -- decommissioned its Newark, Del. data center. The 67,200 square feet facility had already been sold and the deal closed. The 105-year-old company had gone all-in with the cloud.

IBM to invest $3 billion in chips for cloud, big data systems

By Thor Olavsrud | 10 July, 2014 10:50

IBM tomorrow will announce a US$3 billion research and development investment to create a new generation of semiconductors geared for cloud, big data and cognitive systems.

11 Market Trends in Advanced Analytics

By Thor Olavsrud | 09 July, 2014 01:45

In today's business environment, organizations are increasingly demanding advanced analytics that allow them to use large volumes and diverse types of data to discover patterns and anomalies and predict outcomes.

Data Scientists Frustrated by Data Variety, Find Hadoop Limiting

By Thor Olavsrud | 03 July, 2014 04:26

Companies are focusing more and more attention on building out big data analytics capabilities and data scientists are feeling the pressure.

Cloud Platform Simplifies Spark Clusters, Big Data Deployments

By Thor Olavsrud | 01 July, 2014 06:34

In his keynote at Spark Summit 2014 in San Francisco today, Databricks CEO Ion Stoica unveiled Databricks Cloud, a cloud platform built around the Apache Spark open source processing engine for big data.

Are Digital Retailers Focusing Their Security in the Wrong Place?

By Thor Olavsrud | 01 July, 2014 06:27

High-profile data breaches have plagued retail this year -- Target, Neiman Marcus, Michael's and other U.S. retailers have seen headlines about their woes splashed across both digital and print media.

Native Data Analysis Comes to MongoDB

By Thor Olavsrud | 24 June, 2014 23:42

Seeking to make it easier for you to apply analytics to your big data stores, Pentaho today announced the general availability of the latest version of its business analytics and data integration platform.

Microsoft Aims to Take Predictive Analytics Mainstream

By Thor Olavsrud | 17 June, 2014 06:13

Microsoft wants to bring machine learning and the power of predictive analytics to the masses with its new Microsoft Azure Machine Learning service, which it announced today.

Jaspersoft Aims to Simplify Embedding Analytics and Visualizations

By Thor Olavsrud | 11 June, 2014 02:21

For developers, embedding business intelligence (BI) analytics and interactive visualizations in an application can be a frustrating experience. You can sacrifice flexibility and more powerful capabilities in favor of simplicity and use iFrames or charting libraries. Or you can use representational state transfer (REST) APIs that grant you lots of control but are code-intensive to embed, making them difficult to scale.

Even Data-Driven Businesses Should Cultivate Intuition

By Thor Olavsrud | 07 June, 2014 05:24

The desire to make better decisions faster is one of the fundamental drivers of new big data analytics technologies and a general push toward data-driven decision-making. But the relationship between data and intuition -- the old 'gut feeling' -- is a complicated one, says Peter Swabey, senior editor, technology at the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), the research and analysis division of The Economist Group.

CIOs Should Push Big Data Projects but Prioritize Privacy

By Thor Olavsrud | 03 June, 2014 05:43

Last month, the White House released its 90-day review of big data and privacy, renewing the call for a Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights along with a number of other policy recommendations.

CIO Turns to Data Analytics to Hunt Down VDI Ghost

By Thor Olavsrud | 30 May, 2014 05:53

A few years ago, Seattle Children's Hospital embraced virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) in a big way. Not long after, an elusive "ghost in the machine" began causing major headaches for the IT organization, says CIO Wes Wright.