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The  Top 10 Benefits Of An Operational Data Warehouse For 2021
  • August 1, 2021

The Top 10 Benefits of an Operational Data Warehouse For 2021

The previous blogs in this series discussed the top 5 pitfalls of traditional operational data warehouses and defined the Operational Data Warehouse (ODW) as a potential solution.  Below is a list of my Top 10 desirable benefits of an effective ODW: Current. Continuous data updates via “micro-batches” or streamed singleton updates throughout the day…

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Six Essential Data Preparation Steps For Analytics
  • July 28, 2021

Six Essential Data Preparation Steps for Analytics

Abraham Lincoln might easily have been discussing data preparation steps for analytics when he said, “If I had 8 hours to chop down a tree, I would spend 6 sharpening my axe.”  Spending 75% of the allotted time on preparation may seem like a lot. But in fact, most industry observers report that data…

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Are Real-Time Analytics In Supply Chain Management Important?
  • February 22, 2021

Are Real-Time Analytics in Supply Chain Management Important?

Processing data in real-time Every organization processes data in many ways. For example, batch data process still exists for heavy data-process workloads, such as payroll. Many of these data processing requirements are executed by batch scheduling software; however, there is a growing need for data processing to be more automated and processed in real-time.…

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Building A Cohesive Data Management Strategy For Supply Chain Visibility
  • February 10, 2021

Building a Cohesive Data Management Strategy for Supply Chain Visibility

Business strategy A business strategy consists of setting goals, objectives, and priorities for the business vision and mission. The strategy owners use their portfolios of assets, services, and products to achieve the business's goals. A business will often have multiple strategies, such as having a digital strategy that supports their service or product strategy.…

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From Databases To Knowledge Management Systems For Data Power
  • January 29, 2021

From Databases to Knowledge Management Systems for Data Power

Databases Databases are everywhere. They store data and information organized by fields and tables. There are different types of databases that organize data into relational tables, hierarchical structures, networks, and objects. Databases can be personal, corporate, and shared resources. They can be used for recording business transactions to support decision making. The value of…

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The Best Cloud Data Strategy For Value
  • January 29, 2021

The Best Cloud Data Strategy for Value

Which cloud makes sense? Nothing is perfect, but we want to approach perfection with continuous improvement and the management of risk in our business environments. IT capabilities and resources underpin our business environments. On-premise capabilities and cloud capabilities have to deliver a return on investment (ROI) for our efforts and, at the same time,…

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From Data Management To Decision Making For Empowerment
  • January 28, 2021

From Data Management to Decision Making for Empowerment

Everyone in an organization makes decisions every day. They go through the process of identifying that a decision needs to be made, then gather data and relevant information from various sources to identify the choices that they can make. By Analyzing the data and other considerations based on their experience, they can make a…

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Data Analytics Is A Core Element Creating Business Value
  • January 22, 2021

Data Analytics is a Core Element Creating Business Value

Valued assets Organizational assets are defined as capabilities and resources. To be valued strategic assets, they have to contribute to the success of the organization. There is no business value contributed to an asset that does not have an understood return on investment (ROI) for the organization. Capabilities can be defined as the ability,…

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Leveraging IoT And Industry Data For Managing Experiences And Decisions
  • January 12, 2021

Leveraging IoT and Industry Data for Managing Experiences and Decisions

Leveraging data Data is everywhere. Data comes from social interactions, personal devices, cloud service interactions, the environment, and many other places and things. There is a wide variety of data and a significant volume of data being collected every second. The velocity and quality of data are increasing every minute. Big data can be…

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Approaching Holistic Data Models For Organizational Efficiency
  • January 12, 2021

Approaching Holistic Data Models for Organizational Efficiency

Why model anything? There are many types of models with many types of usages, such as physical, scientific, mathematical, computer, concrete, communication, etc. The overall purpose is to define, support analysis and decisions, and to communicate or validate a system or perspective. Models can also be used to help speed things up or slow…

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Innovation And The Power Of Data
  • December 15, 2020

Innovation and the Power of Data

What is innovation? Innovation is doing something new that does not currently exist or something new that improves efficiency, effectiveness, cost, and/or creates a competitive advantage. A new method, process, product, or service can be considered an innovation. This also includes the integration of different markets with the utilization of a new product that…

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Embracing Customer Profiling And Data Management
  • December 11, 2020

Embracing Customer Profiling and Data Management

Defining good service All organizations want to provide good service to their customers. There are many definitions of what good service is from a giving and receiving perspective. Good and excellent service can mean the same thing in many cases. Then there is exceptional service; this is the type of service many organizations try…

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System Thinking To Run, Grow, And Transform The Business
  • December 11, 2020

System Thinking to Run, Grow, and Transform the Business

Systems thinking and the organization There are many ways to describe system thinking. We can say system thinking is a way of viewing or thinking about a system in terms of structure, patterns, cycles, and data exchanges. System thinking can also be thought of as a way of integrating a person into organizational flows…

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Turning Data Measurements, Metrics, And Performance Indicators Into Results
  • December 1, 2020

Turning Data Measurements, Metrics, and Performance Indicators into Results

Data is everywhere. There is data inside our organizations and outside. Some data is in the form of measurements. Measurements can be descriptive, predictive, or for diagnostic reasons. In either case, we measure to make decisions based on the quantity and quality of something. Measurements can give us actionable operational, tactical, and strategic metrics…

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What Is A Modern Data Platform?
  • October 9, 2020

What is a modern data platform?

What is a modern data platform?  When we ask this question, we get two different groups of answers.  The first group is around the technology needed for data processing in today's business environment.  In this group, the answers mention things like cloud services, containers, and on-prem.  The second set of answers involves sources of…

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Five Benefits Of The Hybrid Cloud Approach
  • September 21, 2020

Five Benefits of the Hybrid Cloud Approach

The ISO 17788 Cloud Computing Overview and Vocabulary standard defines a hybrid cloud as “a cloud deployment model using at least two different cloud deployment models.”  When we talk about different deployment models, we are talking about private clouds, public clouds with multiple different cloud providers, and even legacy applications.  When the different deployment…

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Predictive Analytics Can Reduce Customer Churn And Optimize Marketing Efforts
  • September 17, 2020

Predictive Analytics can Reduce Customer Churn and Optimize Marketing Efforts

All customers are not equal – there are some your business just can’t afford to lose. Do you know who they are and what is required to retain them? With predictive analytics powered by Actian Avalanche, you can do just that. Companies have been using statistical modeling, data correlation and behavioral forecasting for many…

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What To Do When Your Data Warehouse Chokes On Big Data
  • August 26, 2020

What to do when your Data Warehouse Chokes on Big Data

This may seem like an academic question, but it is increasingly becoming a reality for modern businesses. What do you do when you have millions of records with infinite width and depth, and your data warehouse chokes?  Do you trim your data?  Do you add more infrastructure capacity?  Or do you need to look…

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The Impact Of Updates On Data Warehouse Performance
  • August 20, 2020

The Impact of Updates on Data Warehouse Performance

When companies project data warehouse growth, they often look at a curve that mimic’s the growth of data in source systems.  This approach works if all you are concerned with is storage growth.  What is commonly overlooked is the compute growth curve for processing updates to your data.  As IT systems become more interconnected,…

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What Is Enterprise Data Integration, And Why Does It Matter?
  • August 19, 2020

What is Enterprise Data Integration, and why does it Matter?

Enterprise Data Integration is the merging of data across two or more organizations.  This scenario is most commonly found when companies are going through mergers or acquisitions, and data from the two companies need to be brought together.  Other scenarios for Enterprise Data Integration are joint-partnerships (where two or more companies work together under…

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Where You Do Analytics Processing Matters
  • July 20, 2020

Where you do Analytics Processing Matters

The Vector for Hadoop offering from Actian delivers increased performance for analytic queries without the associated increase in cost.  If you are looking for high-performance analytics processing to drive operational decision making, where you do your processing matters.  By minimizing the movement of data and processing locally, you can drastically reduce latency.  By using…

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Operationalizing Your Hadoop Data Lake
  • July 15, 2020

Operationalizing your Hadoop Data Lake

Have you ever tried to join your fact and dimension tables together to generate operational analytics? If you want to perform large scale data analysis on things like customer churn, you’re probably going to need to do this.  The problem is, these tables are very large, and when you bring them together, the resulting…

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Marketing Agility Through Real-Time Analytics
  • June 24, 2020

Marketing Agility through Real-Time Analytics

Today’s marketplace is complex and competitive, and changes quickly. New competitive products and services are entering the market every day. Customer preferences shift with social trends and pricing dynamics continuously evolve. To win in this type of environment, marketing agility is critical to identify opportunities and threats and to respond to them quickly –…

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Actian Vector For Hadoop File Format Is Faster And More Efficient
  • June 5, 2020

Actian Vector for Hadoop File Format is Faster and More Efficient

In this third and last part of the series on Actian Vector in Hadoop (VectorH), we will cover how the VectorH file format supports the performance and efficiency of our data analytics platform to accelerate business insights, as well as some of the other enterprise features that can help businesses move their Hadoop applications…

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Reducing Customer Churn In The Telecom Industry With Connected Data
  • April 13, 2020

Reducing Customer Churn in the Telecom Industry with Connected Data

Customer loyalty is the key to profitability in the telecom industry. Because telecom providers manage large fixed infrastructures that must be offset by revenue, customer churn (attrition) is particularly problematic in this industry. Low switching costs for customers (supported by government regulations) mean that customer loyalty is the only real tool that telecom companies…

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Financial Services Companies Need All The Data Analytics They Can Get
  • April 8, 2020

Financial Services Companies Need all the Data Analytics They Can Get

There are times when financial markets trend up. There are times that markets trend down.  And then there are times that the markets go crazy and the only thing predictable is volatility. When markets encounter these volatile periods, financial services companies become highly reliant on data analytics to determine where the real market forces…

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Healthcare Analytics Improve Operational Efficiency
  • April 6, 2020

Healthcare Analytics Improve Operational Efficiency

Healthcare is a data-driven industry with data analytics needs that make “big data” seem tiny.  For healthcare companies to operate efficiently, they need a high-power data engine to crunch the numbers, analyze the data, and get it into the hands of decision-makers quickly.  The healthcare industry is the epitome of business agility, and data…

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Data Warehouse Appliances Are Becoming History
  • April 6, 2020

Data Warehouse Appliances are Becoming History

The era of data warehouse appliances is coming to an end, rapidly being replaced with a new generation of cloud services.  The first data warehouse appliance was introduced onto the market in 2003.  For nearly 15 years, this market grew with several large technology players, including IBM, Oracle, and Teradata developing or acquiring database…

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Real-Time Reporting Platform For Operational Systems
  • March 30, 2020

Real-Time Reporting Platform for Operational Systems

Digital transformation has drastically expanded the use of operational systems, IoT, and other technologies within companies' business processes.  This is a good thing.  It means that end-users, whether they be employees, partners, or customers, are more productive.  The introduction of modern operational technologies and integrating them into business processes is only the first step…

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Real-Time Streaming – Actionable Insights Drive Business Responsiveness
  • February 24, 2020

Real-Time Streaming – Actionable Insights Drive Business Responsiveness

If you want your business to be agile, you need to be leveraging real-time data.  The environments that your businesses operate in are changing faster than ever – new competition in the marketplace, regulatory changes; operational issues; and new technology advancements are only the tip of the iceberg.  If you want to survive and…

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Must-Have Features Of A Hybrid Cloud Data Warehouse
  • February 5, 2020

Must-Have Features of a Hybrid Cloud Data Warehouse

Are you considering a hybrid cloud data warehouse for your company?  Do you know what features to look for?  If you want to maximize the value of this important infrastructure investment and give yourself the flexibility to adapt to changing business needs in the future, you need not just pick any solution; you need…

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Visualizing Social Relationships Using Object Databases
  • January 23, 2020

Visualizing Social Relationships Using Object Databases

Social relationships hold a wealth of information about your customers, employees, and suppliers that (if you have the tools to harness them) can provide you valuable insights about the factors that influence behaviors that ultimately impact your bottom line.  The challenge with analyzing and visualizing social relationships is that the underlying data doesn't match…

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Optimizing Cloud Compute And Data Storage For Data Analytics
  • October 24, 2019

Optimizing Cloud Compute and Data Storage for Data Analytics

When architecting your data warehouse solution, separating compute and data storage is extremely important for both operational sustainability and economic efficiency. Different things drive the technical needs for each of these, the capacity demands of the organization are different, and the best solution requires optimizing compute and data storage separately. Storage capacity is a…

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Using A Cloud Data Warehouse To Support Localized Systems
  • August 7, 2019

Using a Cloud Data Warehouse to Support Localized Systems

Over the past few years, we’ve seen an increasing trend of regional governments applying unique restrictions and controls on where data is stored and how it is managed for users and businesses in their jurisdiction.  The EU and Japan have recently imposed some strict rules about data export. A cloud data warehouse can be…

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Exploiting Analytics In The Cloud Without Moving All Your Data There
  • July 29, 2019

Exploiting Analytics in the Cloud Without Moving All Your Data There

Your company has competing data needs. You need IT systems optimized for real-time transaction processing to serve as the engine for digitally transformed business processes. You also need your data aggregated and optimized for analytics to generate both real-time insights and perform deep data-mining activities. It can be difficult to balance these competing needs…

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The Importance Of Data Stewardship Agreements Across Companies
  • July 9, 2019

The Importance of Data Stewardship Agreements Across Companies

There has been much talk recently about the technical implications of leveraging SaaS solutions and the benefits of integrating data across supply-chain networks. Today, most companies aren’t vertically integrated and, therefore, rely on a network of suppliers and distribution partners to transform raw materials into the finished goods and services customers consume. It makes…

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Top Issues In Data Warehousing
  • June 24, 2019

Top Issues in Data Warehousing

With more and more companies embarking on digital transformation journeys, the focus on enterprise data is greater than ever. Data warehousing is not a new concept, but recent developments in the industry are generating a new wave of executive interest and the need to modernize both the approach and solutions for how enterprise data…

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Too Much Data, Too Few Actionable Insights…Too Late!
  • June 17, 2019

Too Much Data, Too Few Actionable Insights…Too Late!

Data is the lifeblood of a modern company. It provides operations staff with visibility of company operations, marketing and product development teams with insights about what’s occurring in the marketplace and company leaders with the input they need to make informed business decisions. Unfortunately, most companies are struggling to translate their data into true…

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A Cost/Benefit Guide To The Data Warehouse
  • June 4, 2019

A Cost/Benefit Guide to the Data Warehouse

Implementing a data warehouse is a big investment for most companies and the decisions you make now will impact both your IT costs and the business value you are able to create for many years. This concise data warehouse cost/benefit guide will help you understand what to expect, so you can make informed decisions…

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What Is Data Warehouse-as-a-Service?
  • May 28, 2019

What is Data Warehouse-as-a-Service?

Data Warehouse-as-a-Service (DWaaS) is a modern solution to address the data management challenges of today’s companies. Data is critical to how modern companies operate, from providing actionable analytics and insights to fueling digitally transformed business processes. Companies generate tremendous amounts of data each day, but to translate this resource into value, a company needs…

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Breaking Down Data Silos
  • May 23, 2019

Breaking Down Data Silos

Are your employees hoarding data (and do they even realize it)? If your answer is “no,” then you might want to look again. Data silos are one of the biggest issues preventing operational processes from achieving peak productivity and business leaders from making informed decisions. Almost every company faces this issue and those that…

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Understand Customer Buying Behavior To Improve Customer Targeting
  • March 27, 2019

Understand Customer Buying Behavior To Improve Customer Targeting

Imagine what you could do if you actually understood your customers’ buying behavior. You could predict future purchases, identify cross-sell and upsell opportunities and personalize messaging that would resonate and drive the behavior you desire. Instead of taking broad strokes to your marketing campaigns, you could focus on specific opportunities and pursue them more…

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Enabling Agility With Real-Time Data
  • January 7, 2019

Enabling Agility with Real-Time Data

The speed of change in modern business is accelerating. New technologies, globalization, regulatory changes and competitors entering and leaving the market are just a few examples of the types of environmental forces that bombard companies every day. Developing a sustainable, competitive advantage requires company leaders to identify and respond to opportunities and threats quickly,…

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Insights At The Speed Of Business
  • December 19, 2018

Insights at the Speed of Business

Modern businesses move fast and the speed of business is accelerating every day with no sign of slowing. To survive, companies must find ways to remove friction in their systems and business processes – leveraging real-time operational data and translating it into actionable insights that drive activities across the company. From strategic decision-making to…

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When Fresh Data Matters
  • December 9, 2018

When Fresh Data Matters

How quickly does your business environment changes? Are your leaders using outdated information, and do they know it? Do you find your data is slowing your decision-making processes and preventing you from being truly agile? Imagine what you could do if you were to harness the power of real-time data. Modern businesses operate in…

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The Top 5 Pitfalls Of Traditional Data Warehouses
  • October 11, 2018

The Top 5 Pitfalls of Traditional Data Warehouses

Over the past two decades, data warehouse solutions have evolved and diverged to address a myriad of use cases. Meanwhile, the pace of business continues to accelerate, making it harder to remain competitive. These new demands can stretch the abilities of traditional data warehouses. Below are 5 of the common pitfalls that can trip…

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Fast. Faster. Fastest.
  • December 22, 2017

Fast. Faster. Fastest.

I was fortunate enough to attend the Actian Hybrid Data Conference at which Craig Strong, who is Chief Technology and Product Officer at Hubble, talked about how they provide real-time corporate performance management (CPM) though high-speed analytics dashboards. You can watch a video recording of this presentation on the conference sessions page linked here. For…

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How I Analyzed 165 Million Flight Records In Seconds On My Laptop
  • December 19, 2017

How I analyzed 165 million flight records in seconds on my laptop

It was surprisingly easy to analyze 165 million flight records my laptop. It took me just an afternoon following the Actian Evaluation guide that you can download from here. Scientists with Intel over the years to being down the cost of high performance computing. They key vector processing technology feature they needed was to…

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Insight To Insights
  • November 28, 2017

Insight to Insights

A fellow recent hire at Actian, Walter Maguire, told me that many organizations get frustrated with having to wait into the late morning for decision support databases to be loaded and indexed or OLAP cubes to be populated with transactional data before sales analysis can be performed. This is not a new problem. I…

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The X-Vector
  • November 1, 2017

The X-Vector

As an employee new to Actian I decided to dig into what makes Actian Vector a star performer.  Three specific qualities, covered below, caught my eye as I reviewed the technical overview. Vectorization: When I first heard this term, my memory went back to 30 years ago, when IBM offered my employer, Watson Calculating Services…

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Maximize Customer Lifetime Value Using Historical Data To Predict Future Buying Behavior
  • November 26, 2010

Maximize Customer Lifetime Value Using Historical Data to Predict Future Buying Behavior

Acquiring new customers is expensive and it is generally more cost-effective to sell to existing ones. The customer-lifetime-value concept is straightforward, but many companies struggle with determining how to put it into practice. Do you actually understand your customers’ buying behavior and motivations and what you can do to influence them? Is this information…

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Market Basket Analysis Will Improve Product Positioning And Profitability
  • July 17, 2020

Market Basket Analysis Will Improve Product Positioning and Profitability

 “Would you like fries with that?” If you’ve ever ordered a sandwich at a fast food restaurant, then you’ve likely heard these words, but have you stopped to consider why fast food chains train their employees to ask this question? It’s because of what’s called “market basket analysis,” a technique based on the theory…

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The More You Refine Stored Data, The More Valuable It Becomes
  • April 1, 2020

The More you Refine Stored Data, the More Valuable it Becomes

Having a lot of data available to you is a good thing, right?  That depends.  Data is a raw material, like a mineral mined from the ground.  It contains a potential for creating value, but that potential is only realized through refinement. Your company produces a lot of data every day (every second really).…

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Is Now The Right Time To Modernize Your Data Warehouse?
  • October 29, 2019

Is now the right time to modernize your data warehouse?

Technology is continually changing and determining the right time to upgrade and modernize can be tricky.  If you adopt new technology too soon, this may result in churn within your organization and the implementation of immature solutions that may not meet your needs.  If you wait too long, you miss out on market opportunities…

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Managing Data Across Distributed Data Warehouses
  • July 17, 2019

Managing Data Across Distributed Data Warehouses

Data integration, like the digital-transformation initiatives it supports, is a journey and not a destination. Every company is somewhere on a path from the past to a desired state of future integration they’d like to achieve. If your company has existed for a number of years, then you likely have multiple databases, data marts…

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What Is An Operational Data Warehouse And Why Is It The Next Big Thing?
  • October 23, 2018

What is an Operational Data Warehouse and why is it the next big thing?

Data warehouses have been around for decades, and have established themselves as reliable reporting systems with consistent value. They have also evolved into data marts, specialized appliances and EDW variants to meet emerging needs, but all of these solutions have their drawbacks when it comes to meeting today’s business demands. Some of the common…

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A Moment Of Zen For Your Resting IoT Data On Its Journey To Data Nirvana
  • May 4, 2018

A moment of Zen for your resting IoT data on its journey to data nirvana

Early in my career I studied Systems Engineering at night which is where I first came across the term IPO which is an acronym for Input-Processing-Output. My lecturer taught us every software function has three basic sequential steps, reading input data, processing that data and eventually outputting it.  In a more complex system, such…

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