Stories by Thor Olavsrud

Big data analytics today lets businesses play Moneyball

Hype continues to surround big data analytics. But hype or not, data-driven decision-making is becoming central to management decisions at most enterprises. They are taking inspiration from Billy Beane, the general manager of the Oakland Athletics baseball team that turned to data analytics (known as Sabermetrics in baseball and made popular in the movie, "Moneyball") to assemble a competitive baseball team despite the organization's limited financial resources.

Written by Thor Olavsrud23 Aug. 12 17:41

When it comes to security, humans are low-hanging fruit

Regardless of the security expertise and resources you apply to securing your assets, you are unlikely to achieve much unless you focus on the most vulnerable element of your organisation: your employees.

Written by Thor Olavsrud16 Aug. 12 22:00

How businesses can get consumers to share their data

US consumers are know that their personal data is valuable to companies, and they're not afraid to share as long as they receive something in the exchange and the information isn't too personal, according to a new study by PwC.

Written by Thor Olavsrud22 July 12 22:00

How IT leaders can attract (and retain) millennials

If you lead an IT shop today, chances are at least some of the employees who report to you are millennials - young adults in their 20s. Millennials - also known as Generation Y - think about life and work differently than older boom and gen X employees, and hiring and retaining them requires management that understands their needs and a business environment to match, says Jim Finkelstein, president and CEO of FutureSense, a consulting firm the specializes in organisation and people.

Written by Thor Olavsrud22 July 12 22:00

For BYOD best practices, secure data, not devices

IT organisations are justifiably concerned about the security risks inherent in bringing your own device (BYOD). Many are turning to mobile device management (MDM) products and services to address the problem.

Written by Thor Olavsrud17 July 12 19:28

5 ways to better manage your data

According to a new report by Symantec, the total size of information stored by all businesses today is 2.2 zettabytes. Enterprises, on average, have 100,000 terabytes of information, while small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs) on average have 563 terabytes of data. Moreover, that number is expected to grow 67 percent over the next year for enterprises and 178 percent for small and mid-sized businesses.

Written by Thor Olavsrud05 July 12 22:00

Open source a $1 billion business - and just beginning

Open source has entered the mainstream, says Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst, pointing to the billion dollars in revenue it reported in the last fiscal year—a feat only a few software companies (open source or proprietary) have managed. But while open source may have crossed the Rubicon, the battle for the future is just beginning, he says.
Speaking at the opening of Red Hat Summit 2012 to a gathering of more than 3000 people, Whitehurst began by looking backward, almost to the dawn of human history, to the invention of agriculture as the first industry as a collective endeavor by human beings to extract value from the land. From that time until the birth of the industrial revolution, he says, humans primarily generated value directly from a single physical asset: land. Around 1750 the industrial revolution began to alter that model as the machines humans created to extract value from the land became the primary source of value.

Written by Thor Olavsrud27 June 12 22:00

Taming the storage beast

Everyone is talking about Big Data analytics and associated business intelligence marvels these days, but before organizations will be able to leverage the data, they'll have to figure out how to store it. Managing larger data stores--at the petabyte scale and larger--is fundamentally different from managing traditional large-scale data sets. Just ask Shutterfly.

Written by Thor Olavsrud16 April 12 22:00

How to avoid the perils of virtualisation and cloud stall

Technologies like virtualisation and cloud computing promise enormous leaps in efficiency and flexibility, but they can lead organizations into a quagmire if they don't plan properly for the transition, says Bill Hurley, CIO, CTO and executive vice president of Westcon Group. Without proper planning, organizations can stall in the midst of their transitions to virtualised environments or the cloud, finding themselves with a bundle of sunk costs and no path forward.

Written by Thor Olavsrud10 April 12 22:00

Why you need automated server access controls

A large number of enterprises have not implemented automated server access controls, exposing themselves to risks ranging from insider fraud and corporate espionage to regulatory compliance issues and even nation-state sponsored attacks, according to a recent report by information security research firm Echelon One and enterprise access management specialist Fox Technologies.

Written by Thor Olavsrud16 March 12 02:32

CIOs must fit the Cloud into IT strategy

That was the consensus of six panelists brought together by information exchange solutions specialist IntraLinks in a roundtable discussion Thursday morning at the Gabarron Foundation in New York City.

Written by Thor Olavsrud03 March 12 08:31

Big Data causes concern and big confusion

Big data gets a lot of buzz these days and organizations are increasingly concerned about the problem of managing it, but many don't really understand what big data is.

Written by Thor Olavsrud25 Feb. 12 07:53