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Stories by Thor Olavsrud

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.

11 Steps Attackers Took to Crack Target

By Thor Olavsrud | 02 September, 2014 23:12

Despite the massive scale of the theft of Personal Identifiable Information (PII) and credit card and debit card data resulting from last year's data breach of retail titan Target, the company's PCI compliance program may have significantly reduced the scope of the damage, according to new research by security firm Aorato, which specializes in Active Directory monitoring and protection.

How IBM Serves Up Data to Tennis Fans at U.S. Open

By Thor Olavsrud | 29 August, 2014 06:39

There is a festival atmosphere here at the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament as hundreds of thousands of fans gather to see tennis stars and up-and-comers alike vie for prize at the last Grand Slam competition of the tennis year.

Verizon Says Passwords Suck, QR Codes Offer Better Way

By Thor Olavsrud | 27 August, 2014 03:41

Are you sick of usernames and passwords as a method of user authentication? Verizon says it has a better way. It's beefing up its Universal Identity Services portfolio with a QR code login that enterprises can deploy to streamline logins for both internal and external users.

Cut Costs by Analyzing and Optimizing Licenses, Migrations and Power

By Thor Olavsrud | 19 August, 2014 03:49

Do you rigorously determine the business value your organization will accrue as a result of IT projects, such as migrations, before you undertake them? All too often, according to IT efficiency software provider 1E, IT scopes, implements and supports a project, but only estimates (or doesn't consider at all) the business value that will accrue.

Splunk App Captures Real-Time Streaming Wire Data

By Thor Olavsrud | 12 August, 2014 23:23

Aiming to expand its operational intelligence capabilities, Splunk today unveiled Splunk App for Stream, which the company says is a free addition to Splunk Enterprise and Splunk Cloud that makes it easy to capture wire data and combine it with the machine-generated data Splunk already captures and analyzes.

Forget Five 9s, Splunk Promises 100 Percent Uptime

By Thor Olavsrud | 06 August, 2014 23:16

Operational intelligence specialist Splunk says its customers need to know that that the data platforms they depend on to monitor their environments are completely reliable, so it's putting its money where its mouth is. Today, the company unveiled a 100 percent uptime service level agreement (SLA) for Splunk Cloud.

How AWS Helped Scale App for World Cup Social Media Hub

By Thor Olavsrud | 05 August, 2014 23:07

Running a social media hub for any large event poses a challenge, but perhaps none quite so daunting as running the FIFA Social Hub, the official social platform of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Data Scientist Role Shifting to Focus on Developers

By Thor Olavsrud | 04 August, 2014 23:23

Anant Jhingran is no fan of the term 'data scientist.'

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.