Thor Olavsrud

Senior Writer

Thor Olavsrud covers data analytics, business intelligence, and data science for CIO.com. He resides in New York.

In major AI win, Libratus beats four top poker pros

In major AI win, Libratus beats four top poker pros

Libratus, artificial intelligence developed by Carnegie Mellon University, has beaten four of the best heads-up no-limit Texas hold'em poker players in the world in a 20-day competition. Its mastery of imperfect information suggests ...

10 principles of a successful IoT strategy

10 principles of a successful IoT strategy

Former Amazon executive John Rossman says these 10 principles can help leaders successfully approach the internet of things.

Why you need a data protection officer

Why you need a data protection officer

Enforcement of the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is set to start in about 18 months, giving regulators the ability to levy massive fines. Getting ready may require a data protection officer

Security tops app services priority list

Security tops app services priority list

Organizations are increasingly deploying application services to keep their applications humming, and for the first time, they are prioritizing security services over availability services.

Millennials push for public cloud, innovation

Millennials push for public cloud, innovation

Millennials are moving into IT decision-maker roles in their organizations. A study by Microsoft and Wakefield Research suggests they are more likely than their non-millennial peers to push their organizations to embrace the public...

4 information security threats that will dominate 2017

4 information security threats that will dominate 2017

Cybercriminals are becoming more sophisticated and collaborative with every coming year. To combat the threat in 2017, information security professionals must understand these four global security threats.

Businesses eye cloud for big data deployments

Businesses eye cloud for big data deployments

Big data cloud deployments have surged over the past year and business intelligence is now the number 1 big data workload, according to a new survey of big data professionals.

IBM building blockchain ecosystem

IBM building blockchain ecosystem

To help build an ecosystem around IBM Blockchain and the Linux Foundation Hyperledger Fabric, Big Blue is offering a revenue-sharing program, along with tools and expert support.

5 tips to help developers keep up with changing technologies

5 tips to help developers keep up with changing technologies

Developers want to learn new technologies and build new things. These five tips can help keep your developers happy and the innovation flowing.

Nokia uses analytics, machine learning to help mobile providers

Nokia uses analytics, machine learning to help mobile providers

As mobile competition heats up, Nokia is betting that advanced data analytics and machine learning will help wireless carriers optimize their customer service.

Microsoft embraces open source in the cloud and on-premises

Microsoft embraces open source in the cloud and on-premises

Microsoft is positioning itself as the software vendor of choice for enterprises that maintain hybrid cloud environments, and it's opening its arms to Linux and open source software to do it.

 DataStax buys DataScale, plans to launch managed cloud service

DataStax buys DataScale, plans to launch managed cloud service

The NoSQL database software specialist, which powers companies like Netflix and eBay, has acquired DataScale, a specialist in cloud-based management services for data infrastructure. The company plans to launch DataStax Managed Cloud...

Half of banking customers now using fintech

Half of banking customers now using fintech

A new report finds half of banking customers around the globe are now using financial technology products or services from at least one fintech firm, but customers also put much more trust in traditional financial institutions.

Executives still mistrust insights from data and analytics

Executives still mistrust insights from data and analytics

Organizations say they are increasingly focusing on data-driven decision-making to guide their businesses, but a majority of business leaders lack confidence in the insights generated from data and analytics. Professional services...

Internet of Things poised to transform cities

Internet of Things poised to transform cities

Local, state and federal government officials agree that smart cities initiatives, enabled by the Internet of Things (IoT), will deliver cost and operational efficiencies.

Companies complacent about data breach preparedness

Companies complacent about data breach preparedness

The good news is that most organizations now have a data breach preparedness plan. But the bad news that many don't review, update or practice it, according to a new study.

Formula One puts you in the Grand Prix with VR and AR

Formula One puts you in the Grand Prix with VR and AR

Last week, Formula One and Tata Communications provided a peek into the future of motorsport when they announced the winners of its 2016 F1 Connectivity Innovation Prize, focused on fan-created virtual reality and augmented reality...

What is MANRS and does your network have it?

What is MANRS and does your network have it?

The Internet Society's Mutually Agreed Norms for Routing Security (MANRS) initiative is designed to provide measures to improve the resilience and security of the internet's routing infrastructure to keep it safe for businesses and...

IBM invests $200 million in Watson IoT AI business

IBM invests $200 million in Watson IoT AI business

Citing escalating demand from customers looking to transform their operations with Internet of Things and artificial intelligence technologies, IBM makes a $200 million investment in the IBM Watson IoT global headquarters in Munich.

How to protect your mission-critical information

How to protect your mission-critical information

A new report by the Information Security Forum (ISF) outlines the steps you can take to determine your mission-critical information assets &and create customized plans for protecting them.

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