Stories by Thor Olavsrud

Business Leaders Who Think Strategically About IT Infrastructure Drive Results

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.

Written by Thor Olavsrud30 July 14 23:31

Can Data Analytics Make Teachers Better Educators?

"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.

Written by Thor Olavsrud28 July 14 23:42

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

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.

Written by Thor Olavsrud16 July 14 05:54

Microsoft Aims to Take Predictive Analytics Mainstream

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.

Written by Thor Olavsrud17 June 14 06:13

CIOs Should Push Big Data Projects but Prioritize Privacy

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.

Written by Thor Olavsrud03 June 14 05:43

CIO Turns to Data Analytics to Hunt Down VDI Ghost

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.

Written by Thor Olavsrud30 May 14 05:53

Does the CFO Need to Become a Technologist?

Technology today, particularly big data and analytics, is disrupting roles throughout the enterprise, whether it's the CIO that needs to seek new ways to be a strategic partner to the business or the CMO constantly faced with decisions about technology that can make the marketing function more data-driven and efficient. Even the CFO role is not immune.

Written by Thor Olavsrud23 May 14 23:15

Symantec Lays Out Advanced Threat Protection Roadmap

With black hat hackers now outgunning legitimate organizations, the world's largest security company is adopting a new integrated approach to advanced threat protection.

Written by Thor Olavsrud05 May 14 23:49

Law Firm CIO Makes the Case for Microsoft Lync

Law firm Holland & Knight already had a who's who of best-of-breed communications products deployed when the firm's IT team decided it needed to replace the tangled mess of PBX systems that provided voice lines at its many offices. It chose to jettison them all in favor of an infrastructure built on Microsoft Lync Server 2013.

Written by Thor Olavsrud08 April 14 00:24