Thor Olavsrud

Senior Writer

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

What is data science? Transforming data into value

What is data science? Transforming data into value

Data science is a method for transforming business data into assets that help organizations improve revenue, reduce costs, seize business opportunities, improve customer experience, and more.

What is data architecture? A framework for managing data

What is data architecture? A framework for managing data

Data architecture translates business needs into data and system requirements and seeks to manage data and its flow through the enterprise.

5 famous analytics and AI disasters

5 famous analytics and AI disasters

Insights from data and machine learning algorithms can be invaluable, but mistakes can cost you reputation, revenue, or even lives. These high-profile analytics and AI blunders illustrate what can go wrong.

What is a data architect? IT’s data framework visionary

What is a data architect? IT’s data framework visionary

Data architects visualize and design an organization's enterprise data management framework, aligned with enterprise strategy and business architecture.

IT leadership lessons from CIO 100 Award winners

IT leadership lessons from CIO 100 Award winners

Today’s CIOs must develop deep partnerships with business leaders and keep their teams focused on delivering innovation that pushes the business forward. Here five IT leaders discuss their award-winning initiatives and share insights...

Salesforce to add Einstein Analytics AI to Tableau platform

Salesforce to add Einstein Analytics AI to Tableau platform

Salesforce's Einstein Analytics offering will be rebranded as Tableau CRM and Einstein's AI and machine learning capabilities will be integrated with the Tableau platform in a push to democratize data science.

Microsoft Data Analyst Associate certification guide

Microsoft Data Analyst Associate certification guide

BI and data visualization skills are in demand and Microsoft Power BI skills are a great way to get ahead. Here's our guide to Microsoft's Data Analyst Associate certification.

DreamWorks keeps production on track with AIOps

DreamWorks keeps production on track with AIOps

A combination of business continuity planning, predictive analytics, and a multi-tenant cloud architecture has allowed the animation studio to keep producing movies without missing a beat.

Top 9 data engineer and data architect certifications

Top 9 data engineer and data architect certifications

Data engineers and data architects are in high demand. Here are the certifications that will give your career an edge.

Transforming analytics into business impact

Transforming analytics into business impact

Getting the most from analytics requires a laser focus on business outcomes. Here, IT leaders shed light on how they transformed their company’s analytics practices into business assets.

USPTO digital transformation rests on culture change

USPTO digital transformation rests on culture change

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office CIO Jamie Holcombe has overhauled the federal agency's IT culture as part of its digital transformation.

The top 11 big data and data analytics certifications

The top 11 big data and data analytics certifications

Data scientists and data analysts are in high demand. Here are the big data certifications that will give your career an edge.

PG&E reduces wildfire risk with AI

PG&E reduces wildfire risk with AI

The California utility is using high-resolution aerial photography and computer vision to identify high fire threat areas.

GSK takes targeted approach to data-driven transformation

GSK takes targeted approach to data-driven transformation

The pharmaceutical titan has developed a data strategy to mine value from its existing data with a series of analytics initiatives carefully targeted at specific business priorities.

National Response Portal enables hospital data sharing to combat coronavirus

National Response Portal enables hospital data sharing to combat coronavirus

Several large U.S. healthcare systems have teamed with Google and SADA to establish an open data platform to provide hospitals and government officials granular views of ICU and ventilator utilization at the local level.

Healthcare analytics: 4 success stories

Healthcare analytics: 4 success stories

These four healthcare organizations are using analytics to drive better patient outcomes, streamline operations and cut costs.

Ellie Mae turns to AI for autonomous threat hunting

Ellie Mae turns to AI for autonomous threat hunting

The mortgage processor is using threat intelligence, predictive analytics, and AI to proactively hunt advanced persistent threats like ransomware.

MWAA brings facial recognition to the airline boarding process

MWAA brings facial recognition to the airline boarding process

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority is enabling paperless boarding via a biometric identity management system that uses facial recognition technology — no boarding pass or passport required.

Upskilling transforms Jabil employees into data scientists

Upskilling transforms Jabil employees into data scientists

The global manufacturing services provider struggled to find data scientists to leverage its data, so it developed them internally with its Citizen Data Science program.

Predictive analytics gives Owens Corning an edge in turbine blade development

Predictive analytics gives Owens Corning an edge in turbine blade development

With help from the manufacturer's analytics center of excellence, the Owens Corning innovation group has reduced the time it takes to test composite materials from weeks to hours.

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