Data Silos Suck. Here’s How To Break Them Down
  • December 1, 2022

Data Silos Suck. Here’s How to Break Them Down

Data management issues are common among businesses today. These issues have had direct negative impact for marketing departments, with over 60% of CMOs agreeing that gaps in marketing data and analytics (D&A) and marketing technology are hindering strategic growth strategies. Data and systems stored in silos represent a huge problem for data managers, who…

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Telling A Great Data Story
  • November 23, 2022

Telling a Great Data Story

What is a Data Story? A story is a narrative, either true or fictitious, in prose or verse, designed to interest, amuse, or instruct the listener or reader. A data story can be like any story, but its narrative is focused on data insights designed to teach and motivate an audience to act. Why…

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Customer Experience (CX) Challenges For Small Businesses
  • November 11, 2022

Customer Experience (CX) Challenges for Small Businesses

Customer experience (CX) is top-of-mind for business leaders who are weighing how to best make decisions that encourage customer loyalty and engagement. There has been a strong push across all industries to improve the quality of experience customers have, which in turn, drives revenue growth. Successful deployment of CX initiatives comes with challenges, however.…

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Management And Governance: Two Key Components Of A Successful Data Strategy
  • November 9, 2022

Management and Governance: Two Key Components of a Successful Data Strategy

It’s no secret that businesses are using their abundance of data to generate insights that will advance their position in the marketplace or to make strategic decisions that will enhance value for their customers. Businesses that get the most out of their data aren’t those that happen to collect the most data, but those…

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Don’t Rely On Outdated Advice For Digital Transformation
  • November 2, 2022

Don’t Rely on Outdated Advice for Digital Transformation

The road to digital transformation is not straightforward, and has not rapidly accelerated over the past few years. As businesses modernize systems and processes to keep pace with technology innovation, they’re looking for insights and road markers to help guide them along their journey. When seeking advice, business leaders often turn to industry peers…

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How To Increase Loyalty And Brand Sentiment Through Data
  • October 25, 2022

How to Increase Loyalty and Brand Sentiment Through Data

A great customer experience (CX) can lead to more customers choosing you over your competitors. However, getting CX right can be a tricky task, especially as buyer personas and behaviors rapidly evolved because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Consumers have pivoted the way they shop, and, given the uptick in digital selling options businesses are…

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Why It’s Essential To Embrace Hybrid Data
  • October 6, 2022

Why It’s Essential to Embrace Hybrid Data

If you package and ship data like cartons of sugar – standard sized, easily stacked, and easily pulled from the shelf – it would be simpler to manage. Unfortunately, it’s not. Because organizations store data in so many different forms and places, extracting the sweet, fine grains of insight from hybrid data is a…

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Connecting Data To Make Customer Experience (CX) Easier
  • September 28, 2022

Connecting Data to Make Customer Experience (CX) Easier

Effective business decision-making relies on Getting CX right can be tricky given that the necessary data is often difficult to access across silos or exists in disparate and hard-to-reach places. A holistic understanding of a customer not only helps businesses know who they are selling to, but it also helps them craft a customer…

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What Is The Future Of Data Quality Management (DQM)?
  • September 22, 2022

What is the Future of Data Quality Management (DQM)?

Today’s digital-first world has placed a tremendous emphasis on using enterprise data intelligently to drive important business decisions and manage risk. High-quality datasets function as the fuel for enterprises looking to map customers, track where they are in the lifecycle, and inform next steps on how to better engage them. However, simply having access…

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Prioritizing A Customer Experience (CX) Strategy To Drive Business Growth
  • September 20, 2022

Prioritizing a Customer Experience (CX) Strategy to Drive Business Growth

It’s no longer a question if business leaders must understand their customers and be able to identify where they are navigating in their technology journey. Creating a solid CX is not a luxury, but an essential practice for ambitious businesses that want to connect with their customers in meaningful ways - and this starts…

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Does Your Organization Have A Data Platform Leader? It Could Soon.
  • February 17, 2022

Does Your Organization Have A Data Platform Leader? It Could Soon.

There’s no one-size-fits-all solution for a modern data platform, and there likely never will be with the proliferation of multiple public and private cloud environments, entrenched on-premises data centers, and the exponential rise in edge computing – data sources are multiplying almost at the rate of data itself. Today’s data platforms increasingly take a…

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Data Democratization: Promise Vs Reality
  • February 10, 2022

Data Democratization: Promise vs Reality

Enabling universal access to data can create opportunities to generate new revenue and drive operational efficiencies throughout an organization. Even more importantly, data democratization, as it’s known, is crucial to business transformation. For that reason, vendors have made a lot of promises about enabling data democratization—and not all have panned out. For instance, various…

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Engineered Decision Intelligence: The Best Way Forward Part 2
  • February 3, 2022

Engineered Decision Intelligence: The Best Way Forward Part 2

Part 2: You Need Composable Data and Analytics In my first blog on engineered decision intelligence, I shared information about what this concept means and why you need it, and then I elaborated on the Gartner recommendation for pairing decision intelligence tools with a common data fabric. But there was a second piece of…

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Engineered Decision Intelligence: The Best Way Forward Part 1
  • January 28, 2022

Engineered Decision Intelligence: The Best Way Forward Part 1

Part 1: You Need a Data Fabric Among Gartner’s top 10 data and analytics trends for 2021 is engineered decision intelligence.[1] That raises two compelling questions: What is this? and Why should you care? Engineered business intelligence is, when you think about it, just what it says: a deliberate process to deriving business intelligence…

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Data Virtualization: Virtual Data Warehouse Déjà Vu?
  • January 3, 2022

Data Virtualization: Virtual Data Warehouse Déjà Vu?

Back in the 1990s, I was an industry analyst covering data warehousing and business intelligence at Giga Information Group (subsequently acquired by Forrester Research). It continues to surprise me how little these technologies have changed since that time. Organizations today are still struggling with some of the very same complexities when it comes to…

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Database Migration To The Cloud: Things You Should Consider
  • December 29, 2021

Database Migration to the Cloud: Things You Should Consider

Did you know that 63% of organizations are actively migrating data from on-premises databases to the cloud? So says an IDC survey, and another 29% are planning to start a database migration within 3 years. Carl Olofson, IDC’s Vice President of Research specializing in data management software, recently participated as a guest speaker in…

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Bloor Spotlight Highlights How Actian’s Ingres NeXt Strategy Avoids Common Modernization Pitfalls
  • November 22, 2021

Bloor Spotlight Highlights How Actian’s Ingres NeXt Strategy Avoids Common Modernization Pitfalls

Digital transformation requires use of the latest technologies. However, as you probably already know, modernizing a mission-critical database and the applications that interact with it can be risky and expensive, often turning into a long disruptive journey. But I have good news! According to a recent Bloor Spotlight report, Actian’s Ingres NeXt strategy for modernizing Ingres and OpenROAD applications either…

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Vector 6.2 Delivers Even Faster And More Secure Analytics
  • November 17, 2021

Vector 6.2 Delivers Even Faster and More Secure Analytics

Actian Vector is a vectorized columnar analytics database designed to deliver extreme performance with a high level of security. But who wouldn’t want analytics that are even faster and more secure? For those who do, the new Vector 6.2 release available on November 10, 2021 is a winner, continuing to push the limits of…

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Will Cloud Data Warehouses Really Help You Cut Costs?
  • November 8, 2021

Will Cloud Data Warehouses Really Help You Cut Costs?

If the first question you consider when thinking about a cloud data warehouse involves how much money you will save by moving your on-premises solution to the cloud, you may not like my answer: There’s no guarantee that you will realize any cost savings at all. But let me suggest, however humbly, that this…

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Data Warehouse Best Practices
  • October 26, 2021

Data Warehouse Best Practices

In every industry, the need to follow best practices exists. Data warehouse best practices are no exception. Best practices are methods or techniques excepted as a good way or best way to accomplish an activity, process, or practice. All practices evolve, but the best way to start is with a foundation of best practices…

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An Easier And Safer Modernization Journey For Ingres And Database Applications
  • October 1, 2021

An Easier and Safer Modernization Journey for Ingres and Database Applications

Actian’s Ingres NeXt Initiative paves the way for transformation Are you considering modernizing either your Ingres database or your “green screen” ABF or thick-client OpenROAD applications? If so, you may have read about modernization options like those from Gartner listed below. Gartner has ranked these from easiest (Encapsulate) to most difficult (Replace). The easier…

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OLAP In Data Warehouses
  • September 27, 2021

OLAP in Data Warehouses

Decisions within an organization are made in three possible ways. One way is based on the experience of the individual making the decision. The second way is based on analytics. The third way is based on a combination of one and two, knowledgeable experience and analytics. Based on experience or expertise in a subject,…

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Security, Governance And Privacy For The Modern Data Warehouse, Part 2
  • August 26, 2021

Security, Governance and Privacy for the Modern Data Warehouse, Part 2

Part 2: Cloud Service Security In my previous post on modern data warehouse security, we looked at issues related to database security. This post will focus on the separate, but related issue of cloud service security, which is increasingly important since nearly half of all data warehouses are hosted in the cloud.[1] The economics…

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Enterprise Data Warehouse
  • March 2, 2022

Enterprise Data Warehouse

Do you need a Data Warehouse or Enterprise Data Warehouse (EDW) in your organization today? Its functional units, people, services, and other organizational assets support the vision and mission of an organization. An organization can have strategies, tactics, and operational activities that are performed to meet the overall vision and mission of the organization…

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Security, Governance And Privacy For The Modern Data Warehouse, Part 1
  • August 23, 2021

Security, Governance and Privacy for the Modern Data Warehouse, Part 1

Database Security: Part 1 Did you know that security breaches involving the cloud now surpass breaches involving on-premises infrastructure? According to the Verizon 2021 Data Breach Investigation Report, 73% of cybersecurity incidents involved external cloud assets—compared with 27% only one year ago.[1] Having just joined Actian from a cloud security provider, even I was…

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