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Does FHIR Fully Address Healthcare Data Interoperability Silo Challenges?
  • December 9, 2021

Does FHIR Fully Address Healthcare Data Interoperability Silo Challenges?

Let's face it, information withholding is common in many industries, but it’s been especially rampant in the healthcare space.  Payers and Providers have avoided scrutiny for the cost of care delivered and the reimbursements they were collecting.  Consequently, information blocking has become one of the key impediments in shifting from a fee-for-service (FFS) model…

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Developing Your Data DNA
  • November 29, 2021

Developing your Data DNA

In a world where everything is changing too quickly, the evolution towards agile, interoperable data services is a welcome change. Data is now able to be delivered as a service, without the need for costly investments in data centers and the resources needed to manage them. As more companies embrace the cloud, data integration…

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DataOps: How To Turn Data Into Actionable Insights
  • September 30, 2021

DataOps: How to Turn Data into Actionable Insights

Enterprises‌ ‌have‌ ‌struggled‌ ‌to‌ ‌collaborate‌ ‌well ‌around‌ ‌their‌ ‌data, which can impact everything from digital transformation to advanced concepts like AI and ML.‌ ‌DataOps is not without challenges; building, managing, and scaling data pipelines requires careful thought around reusability, portability across infrastructure and applications, and long term maintenance and governance. And these are just…

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Customer Analytics: How To Measure A Customer’s Journey
  • September 25, 2021

Customer Analytics: How to Measure a Customer’s Journey

Customer Analytics Overview: A true 360-degree view of a customer can’t be sourced exclusively from internal data let alone from a single system or department. Organizations trying to correlate customer interactions, transaction history, and behaviors to improve customer acquisition ROI and retention struggle to aggregate and analyze data and signals across operational, social engagement, customer…

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Semi-Structured Data: What It Is And Why It Matters
  • August 15, 2021

Semi-Structured Data: What It Is and Why It Matters

Semi-structured data is emerging as a critical element of business operations and strategies. Typically, business leaders make decisions based on analysis of data stored in forms, spreadsheets, and relational databases – in other words, structured data. However, in a modern business environment, constraining data with forms and tables is no longer sufficient. What is…

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Data Migration: A Roadmap To Success
  • August 13, 2021

Data Migration: A Roadmap To Success

Organizations initiate data migration projects for several reasons. They might need to overhaul an entire system, upgrade databases, establish a new data warehouse, support a cloud migration roadmap, or merge new data from an acquisition or other source. Data migration is also necessary when deploying another system that resides next to incumbent applications. Regardless…

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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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Hybrid Data Conference Recap And Highlights
  • June 17, 2021

Hybrid Data Conference Recap and Highlights

That's a Wrap! Wow! What a wonderful time we had at the 2021 Hybrid Data Conference! Over the course of two days, we showcased amazing demos, customer stories and technology advancements across the Actian portfolio. For those in attendance, we hope you enjoyed the event and opportunity to see a few of the ways…

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Actian Avalanche On Google Cloud: Engineered For The Data-Driven Enterprise
  • April 27, 2021

Actian Avalanche on Google Cloud: Engineered for the Data-Driven Enterprise

Today, Actian is excited to announce the delivery of Actian Avalanche hybrid cloud data platform on Google Cloud Marketplace. Avalanche is initially available in the us-east1 region, which will be expanded to include US West, German, and Irish cloud regions in the coming months. If you are interested in trying out Avalanche on Google Cloud,…

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Getting To Know Actian CEO Lewis Black
  • April 7, 2021

Getting to Know Actian CEO Lewis Black

Lewis Black joined Actian in November 2018 as CFO, moving into the CEO position this past fall. He's worked in tech for more than three decades for an assortment of leading telecommunications and software companies, including AT&T, Lucent, Avaya, Citrix, Nexmo, and Vonage. As Lewis closes in on his six-month anniversary as CEO, we…

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5 Tips For Extracting More ROI From Your CRM And Marketing Tech Stacks
  • March 28, 2021

5 Tips for Extracting More ROI from Your CRM and Marketing Tech Stacks

Tech stacks are getting more complicated by the day. Marketing Operations, Revenue Operations, Sales Operations, IT, Analytics, and Executives—we are all doing business using digital automations, including integrations, that allow us to target and interact with our customers and prospects in more meaningful and rewarding ways than ever before. Take a moment to consider.…

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What Is A Data Analytics Hub?
  • February 25, 2021

What is a Data Analytics Hub?

What is a Data Analytics Hub? And why is it better than a Data Lake or an Analytics Hub? In the opening installment of this blog series—Data Lakes, Data Warehouses and Data Hubs: Do we need another choice?  I explore why simply migrating these on-prem data integration, management, and analytics platforms to the Cloud…

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Delivering Real-time Customer 360 Insights Faster And Easier In Challenging Times
  • January 11, 2021

Delivering real-time Customer 360 insights faster and easier in challenging times

A long time ago (read: before the COVID-19 pandemic started), companies around the world were interested in developing a full 360-degree view of their customers. The importance of creating a tailored, data-enhanced customer experience was understood, but formidable challenges—the fact that the data comprising an individual customer profile resides in so many disparate systems,…

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The Need For Speed In Data Analysis
  • December 16, 2020

The Need for Speed in Data Analysis

Why Performance Matters My very first sales call to an analytics prospect was with a customer using an OLTP database for reporting. Some of their reports took hours to run and one particularly challenging report typically ran for more than thirteen hours. Our performance benchmarking had shown that for analytics workloads, Actian would be…

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Our 2020 Cloud Data Migration Survey Results Are In
  • November 12, 2020

Our 2020 Cloud Data Migration Survey Results are in

Why is this study different? OK, so that’s like saying the sky is blue on a clear sunny day, right?  Actually, it’s cloudier than that – pun intended!  If you talk to Cloud vendors, everything is moving to the cloud and has been for over a decade, so the glass is half full.  If…

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Actian Acknowledged As One Of The Top Workplaces In Austin
  • November 9, 2020

Actian acknowledged as one of the top workplaces in Austin

When I moved to Austin 10 years ago from the California Bay Area, little did I not know that I would be working in a company that gets acknowledged as the Top Workplaces in Austin today. This accolade was nominated and selected by the employees of the company. Actian Corporation came about as a…

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Eight Reasons Why Avalanche Is 8X Faster Than Snowflake
  • October 28, 2020

Eight Reasons Why Avalanche is 8X Faster Than Snowflake

This month, GigaOm published a comprehensive evaluation of leading cloud data warehouse services based on performance and cost. Offerings analyzed included Snowflake, Amazon Redshift, Microsoft Azure Synapse, Google BigQuery, and our very own Actian Avalanche. There are many intriguing results included in the report, but an indisputable conclusion was reached by GigaOm: "In a…

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Why The AA, A Leading UK Insurer, Selected Actian Avalanche For High-Performance Cloud Analytics
  • October 27, 2020

Why The AA, a Leading UK Insurer, Selected Actian Avalanche for High-Performance Cloud Analytics

We are very excited to share the news that The Automobile Association (AA), the UK's largest motoring organization, selected Actian Avalanche hybrid cloud warehouse for its insurance business to execute its cloud migration strategy. The AA is a leading UK automobile insurer and breakdown service provider that provides vehicle insurance, driving lessons, breakdown coverage,…

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A Two-Part Approach To Track & Trace In Urban And Suburban Settings
  • September 25, 2020

A Two-Part Approach to Track & Trace in Urban and Suburban Settings

As businesses work to reopen and students return, in-person, to schools nationwide, track and trace is a critical component to mitigate potential resurgences in COVID-19 cases. The more densely populated a city, the harder track and trace will be. However, getting urban and suburban areas moving again is critical to jumpstarting the US economy.…

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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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How Well Do You Actually Know Your Customers?
  • August 5, 2020

How Well Do You Actually Know Your Customers?

One of companies’ biggest mistakes is assuming they understand their customers’ needs, preferences and buying behaviors when they are actually just guessing. The better you understand who your customers are, the more successful you will be developing products and services to serve their needs, packaging them in a desirable way and communicating your offers…

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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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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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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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Why Do You Need A Data Hub?
  • July 13, 2020

Why do you need a Data Hub?

Are you still doing point-to-point integrations between your IT applications?  If you are, please stop.  It makes life difficult for your IT support staff, increases your overhead costs, and makes it harder for you to be agile and to evolve your integrations as business needs change.  Instead, consider whether this is the right time…

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IoT And Education: Bridging The Digital Divide In The Age Of Covid-19
  • July 9, 2020

IoT and education: Bridging the digital divide in the age of Covid-19

Due to the global outbreak of COVID-19, schools worldwide had to shut down quickly. While many schools already operated with some online component, most were not equipped to become 100% digital in a matter of days. Further, it’s looking as if most school districts and higher education campus systems will have to adopt some sort…

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What Is The Difference Between ETL And IPaaS?
  • July 9, 2020

What is the Difference Between ETL and IPaaS?

ETL (extract, transfer, and load) and IPaaS (Integration Platform as a Service) are data integration methods to connect different IT systems and data sources together. While ETL is a set of techniques for moving data, IPaaS is a more holistic set of capabilities for moving and integrating data between IT systems.  IPaaS is often…

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SQLite: Not Faster, Not Better, But Cheaper?
  • July 2, 2020

SQLite: Not Faster, Not Better, But Cheaper?

Understanding SQLite’s Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) Over the past three months this blog series has explored why developers gravitated toward SQLite for embedded data management. Some developers chose SQLite because members of the extended team knew SQL and wanted to leverage that knowledge to support data management or the extraction of data for…

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Connected Data In The Cloud Increases AI System Performance
  • June 29, 2020

Connected Data in the Cloud Increases AI System Performance

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the core of the next wave of IT systems, and it is time to get ready. The past year has seen tremendous growth in the adoption of artificial intelligence systems to help companies improve operational insights and provide enhanced customer service experiences.  If you aren’t leveraging AI to support your…

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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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Connected Data To Drive Service Assurance In IT
  • June 22, 2020

Connected Data to Drive Service Assurance in IT

IT Service Management (ITSM) staff have a unique challenge to provide service assurance across a broad and diverse technology ecosystem. Connected data is essential to enable them to do their job effectively.  Your incident and problem management staff don’t know what they don’t know.  They can only see the data that is made available…

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Don’t Just Move Data, Integrate It!
  • June 18, 2020

Don’t Just Move Data, Integrate it!

If you are simply “lifting and shifting” data from one place to another, you are missing out on the power that a data integration platform can bring you.  It is time to look beyond extract, transfer, load (ETL) from individual source systems, and expand your integrations to include multi-source joins that enable you to…

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Deploy And Manage Your Integrations Anywhere, Anytime
  • June 15, 2020

Deploy and manage your integrations anywhere, anytime

With Actian DataConnect Integration manager, you can deploy, configure, manage and repair your integrations anywhere - meaning if it resides in the cloud, on-prem, or even if it is embedded in your SaaS applications, anytime. The latest release of Actian DataConnect Integration manager includes an important set of enhancements to the Integration Manager API…

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Real-Time Decision-Making Use Cases In The Retail Industry – Part 3
  • May 26, 2020

Real-Time Decision-Making Use Cases in the Retail Industry – Part 3

In the first part of my blog on Real-Time Decision-Making (RTDM) highlighting Retail industry use cases, we discussed how combining existing historical data patterns with disparate new sources of data completes the Common Operational Picture (COP).  To illustrate the use-case, we used an Actian customer, Kiabi, and how they used RTDM strategic capabilities to…

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SQLite Equals ETL Heavy
  • May 18, 2020

SQLite Equals ETL Heavy

Two weeks ago, I likened the performance of SQLite to that of a Banana Slug. Now, some may consider that a bit of hyperbole (and some UC Santa Cruz alumni may feel that I impugned the good name of their mascot, which was not my intent) but the numbers don’t lie. The measurable difference…

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Real-Time Decision-Making Use Cases In The Retail Industry – Part 2
  • May 18, 2020

Real-Time Decision-Making Use Cases in the Retail Industry – Part 2

In my last blog on Real-Time Decision-Making (RTDM), I shifted from a theoretical discussion of what RTDM is to uses cases that highlight key aspects of the value it can bring to business in periods of market uncertainty. I'm using the Retail Industry because its an Industry everyone knows something about coupled with the…

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Real-Time Decision-Making Use Cases In The Retail Industry
  • May 14, 2020

Real-Time Decision-Making Use Cases in the Retail Industry

In the last blog on Real-Time Decision-Making (RTDM), we discussed exactly what it is and why it matters.  Before proceeding with more theoretical discussions, though, it’s probably worthwhile to give you some practical examples of RTDM and how data management, integration, and analytics support, build RTDM strategic capabilities that significantly impact business operations. Retail:…

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Actian Integration Platform Helps Healthcare Companies Quickly Onboard New Customers And Carriers
  • May 13, 2020

Actian Integration Platform Helps Healthcare Companies Quickly Onboard New Customers and Carriers

Healthcare companies are experiencing some trying times, made worse by the COVID-19 crisis.   Competitors are now becoming partners, research institutions, and pharma companies are taking a more active role in monitoring patient care, and governments are closely monitoring statistics on patient diagnosis.  Everyone in the extended healthcare industry is actively seeking to understand, plan,…

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Why Data Interoperability Is Vital In Healthcare
  • May 12, 2020

Why Data Interoperability is Vital in Healthcare

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed fatal cracks in the way healthcare organizations share patient data. Actian DataConnect can help – supporting various healthcare industry standards and enabling rapid data interoperability interchange and transformation of electronic health records (EHR) between healthcare entities.  All while supporting data quality and adhering to healthcare privacy and security regulations.…

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Healthcare Companies Need To Be Aware Of Health Information Exchange Rule Changes And Understand How It Impacts Them.
  • May 5, 2020

Healthcare Companies Need to be Aware of Health Information Exchange Rule Changes and Understand how it Impacts them.

Health Information Exchanges (HIEs) play a critical role in enabling healthcare companies to share data by getting clinical information to where it is needed.  HIEs gather electronic medical information or EMR (Electronic Medical records ) from hospitals, doctors, and other healthcare providers across a region so the data can be shared securely.  This enables…

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SQLite – The Banana Slug Of Embedded Databases
  • April 29, 2020

SQLite – the Banana Slug of Embedded Databases

Earlier this month, I kicked off a series of blogs about SQLite. The first looked at the advantages that SQLite offers over both flat files and the heavier lift of an enterprise-grade SQL databases – and it does offer distinct advantages over both. To a point. And that point was five years ago. Here's…

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Developing A 360-Degree View Of Your Customer With Connected Data
  • April 29, 2020

Developing a 360-Degree View of Your Customer With Connected Data

How well do you know your customers?  Do you know what they buy?  Do you know when and why they make purchases?  Do you know who influences their buying behavior?  Do you know how price sensitive they are and what types of promotions they respond to?  You should know these things.  Connected data can…

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Introducing Actian VectorH 6
  • April 24, 2020

Introducing Actian VectorH 6

Actian VectorH 6 Enables User Defined Functions, Machine Learning, Semi-Structured Data Support, and Enhancement of Workload Management Capabilities. Actian is pleased to announce the availability of Actian VectorH 6.  This release includes new features, including User Defined Functions (UDFs), JSON Support, and Workload Management. This post provides an overview of some features that have…

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Are You Afraid To “Lift The Lid” On Cloud Technology?
  • April 23, 2020

Are you afraid to “Lift the Lid” On Cloud Technology?

The Opening of the Box As was the case with Pandora's box, once the lid is opened on cloud technology and you realize that perhaps the shiny new object interior didn't provide what you expected from your investment in the technology, it may be too late to change directions. So is the case with…

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Connected Data Makes Compliance Easier
  • April 22, 2020

Connected Data Makes Compliance Easier

Regulatory compliance can be a headache for any company.  If you do business globally, the challenge is even more significant.  Governmental regulations vary greatly across countries and even within local regions.  If that weren’t difficult enough, add on a continuous stream of regulatory changes, and you have a real problem.  Whether you are trying…

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In Healthcare, Connected Data Drives Holistic Patient Care
  • April 16, 2020

In Healthcare, Connected Data Drives Holistic Patient Care

Providing high-quality patient care is a team effort. Data is what enables healthcare professionals to understand the full scope of issues patients are facing, share diagnostic data, coordinate care across providers to ensure the best quality treatment recommendations, and follow-up care.  Over the past decade, healthcare companies have drastically expanded their use of technology…

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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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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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Five Reasons Why You Need An Enterprise Data Integration Strategy
  • March 31, 2020

Five Reasons Why You Need an Enterprise Data Integration Strategy

Modern businesses don't run on a single application – they leverage many IT systems to provide the capabilities to enable operational processes and users to be effective.  To ensure complex IT environments run smoothly, companies are placing increased focus on how systems are integrated, and the activities required to manage integrations across the ecosystem. …

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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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Capabilities To Enable The Next Wave Of Digital Transformation
  • March 10, 2020

Capabilities to Enable the Next Wave of Digital Transformation

Digital transformation is a journey, not a destination.  Over the past few years, companies of all sizes, across industries have embarked on digital transformation journeys to modernize the way they leverage technology within their organizations. Business processes have been re-defined and deeply integrated with IT systems, applications, and automation capabilities to create highly efficient…

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Do You Need A Data Fabric?
  • March 3, 2020

Do you Need a Data Fabric?

Are you challenged to provide faster access to integrated data across a diverse and distributed IT landscape? Over the past few years, IT organizations are increasingly being asked to automate the systems and processes involved in integrating and preparing their data for reporting, leveraging things like active metadata, artificial intelligence (AI) / machine learning…

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Is Your Integration Platform Ready To Embrace Emerging Technology Trends?
  • February 25, 2020

Is your Integration Platform Ready to Embrace Emerging Technology Trends?

Some exciting technology trends are emerging that are projected to hit the mainstream over the next few years that will have a significant impact on your data management systems.  Will your integration platform be ready to support these new trends?  If not, now is the time to act so you will be prepared to…

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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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Robotic Process Automation Is Hot – Integration Is Not!
  • February 24, 2020

Robotic Process Automation is Hot – Integration is Not!

Robotic process automation (or RPA for short) is the term used to describe the next generation of technology-enabled workflow management capabilities.  RPA solutions come in various sizes and shapes from a myriad of different vendors. RPA is the current buzzword and has enormous growth opportunity but integration is complex and requires expensive skills and…

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Real-Time Connected Data Warehouse – Operational Analytics Made Easy
  • February 17, 2020

Real-Time Connected Data Warehouse – Operational Analytics made easy

You've been doing the "digital transformation" thing for a couple of years – integrating your business and IT processes and leveraging technology and data in new ways to drive greater operational efficiency and immersive customer experiences.  Your users are happy, but management is starting to ask questions about what's next and how they can…

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Real-Time Connected Data Warehouse Use Case – Gain Real-Time Visibility Into Your IT Infrastructure – Connecting Operations Management, ITSM, And Cloud
  • February 13, 2020

Real-Time Connected Data Warehouse use case – Gain Real-Time Visibility into your IT Infrastructure – Connecting Operations Management, ITSM, and Cloud

Does your company have a real-time connected data warehouse where you can aggregate data flowing in from all of your IT systems together with streaming data from IoT, mobile, and SaaS services?  Can you easily connect your on-premises, cloud, and multi-cloud systems to enable centralized analytics?  If so, that's awesome! Now for the big…

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Thinking Of Buying An Integration Solution?
  • February 10, 2020

Thinking of Buying an Integration Solution?

How to Break Free From Pay “Per-Connector Pricing Model.” According to Gartner: "Many integration providers base pricing of the components of their enterprise integration platform as a service (eiPaaS) suite on the range of functionality and variable items — such as the number of applications connected via the platform, a number of users or…

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Why Stream Data Integration Is A Must-Have Delivery Style
  • February 6, 2020

Why Stream Data Integration is a Must-Have Delivery Style

In the next few years, it is projected that more than half of major new business systems will use real-time connected data and continuous intelligence to improve decision making.  You can’t have continuous intelligence without continuous data ingestion or real-time connected data for decision making if you’re working off data that is processed in…

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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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Embedded Integration: Put The Analytics Compute Where The Data Lies.
  • January 28, 2020

Embedded Integration: Put the Analytics Compute Where the Data Lies.

Selecting the best location for your analytics compute poses an interesting dilemma leading to thoughtful debate in some companies while others don't even consider the topic. If you're dealing with distributed systems, embedded sensors in machinery, mobile apps, or IoT devices, this topic is for you! Where you locate compute resources for analytics has…

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An Embedded Software Developers Flat File Migration Check List
  • January 24, 2020

An Embedded Software Developers Flat File Migration Check List

This is the final installment on the series of blogs I wrote on the continued use of flat files and why they are no longer viable for use in the future. The first installment focused on flat files and why embedded software application developers readily adopted them.  Then in the second installment, I discussed why embedded…

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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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Why Integration Is So Critical For Robotic Process Automation Vendors
  • January 21, 2020

Why Integration is so critical for Robotic Process Automation Vendors

Robotic process automation (RPA) is one of the fastest-growing trends in the IT industry.  This next-generation of workflow management capabilities is poised to be an essential enabler for companies seeking to optimize their digitally transformed business processes for peak efficiency.  For RPA vendors, one of the critical capabilities that must be developed in your…

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Layman’s Guide To Machine Learning And Customer Data Privacy
  • January 16, 2020

Layman’s Guide to Machine Learning and Customer Data Privacy

It feels like only yesterday that “Machine Learning” and “Artificial Intelligence” were equated with science fiction by most regular folks outside of tech. As a movie-going culture, we have a long history of associating these concepts with self-aware robots or rogue computer programs that could escape the laboratories where they were created and threaten all humanity. But in 2020, ML and AI have been considerably demystified. And yet, even if it seems less…

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All Cloud Data Warehouses Are NOT Created Equal
  • January 14, 2020

All Cloud Data Warehouses are NOT Created Equal

There are a lot of myths and misconceptions about cloud data warehouses. One of the biggest ones is that all cloud data warehouses cost the same.  On the surface, cloud data warehouse vendors may talk the same language – describing similar features, benefits and touting the performance gains of operating in the cloud.  But…

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Why DataConnect Inside Is The Right Platform For Delivering Embedded Integration
  • January 13, 2020

Why DataConnect Inside is the Right Platform for Delivering Embedded Integration

Many software as a service (SaaS) companies are looking at embedding integration capabilities into their SaaS offerings as a way of making their solutions both more appealing to customers and more profitable for them as providers.  Embedded integration can make SaaS solutions easier to adopt, cheaper to integrate and more difficult to replace when…

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Why Total Cost Of Ownership Is The Wrong KPI For A Cloud Data Warehouse
  • January 9, 2020

Why Total Cost of Ownership is the Wrong KPI for a Cloud Data Warehouse

Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) has been an essential Key Performance Indicator (KPI) for the IT industry for many decades – and rightfully so. Large scale capital expenditures for IT infrastructure and data center resources were incurred at the onset of a project, allocated to different business functions and amortized (along with maintenance and…

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Checklist – Things To Consider In An IPaaS Vendor For Embedded Integration
  • January 6, 2020

Checklist – Things to Consider in an iPaaS Vendor for Embedded Integration

Many software as a service (SaaS) companies are looking at embedding integration capabilities into their SaaS offerings as a way of making their solutions both more appealing to customers and more profitable for them as providers.  Embedded integration can make SaaS solutions easier to adopt, cheaper to integrate, and more difficult to replace when…

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Why Do SaaS Companies Need An Integration Platform With Their Offering?
  • December 16, 2019

Why do SaaS companies need an integration platform with their offering?

Over the past five years, software as a service (SaaS) has become the go-to delivery model for providing software capabilities to businesses. SaaS solutions provide low capital outlay for infrastructure, a scalable operating cost model and the availability of robust capabilities and specialized features that business stakeholders desire.  In most cases it is cheaper,…

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Why Avalanche And DataConnect Are Better Together … Part 3
  • December 9, 2019

Why Avalanche and DataConnect are Better Together … Part 3

How Avalanche and DataConnect work together to deliver an end-to-end data management solution Migrating to a cloud data warehouse makes strategic sense in the modern context of cloud services and digital transformation. Operationally, connecting disparate data sources into your cloud data warehouse, managing ongoing change in your IT environment, and delivering on the promises…

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Why Avalanche And DataConnect Are Better Together … Part 2
  • December 2, 2019

Why Avalanche and DataConnect are Better Together … Part 2

Checklist: Critical Capabilities to Consider when Selecting  a Data Integration Vendor That Enables Real-Time Analytics Use Cases Migrating to a cloud data warehouse makes strategic sense in the modern context of cloud services and digital transformation.  Operationally, connecting disparate data sources into your cloud data warehouse, managing ongoing change in your IT environment, and…

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Why Avalanche And DataConnect Are Better Together … Part 1
  • November 26, 2019

Why Avalanche and DataConnect are Better Together … Part 1

The Challenges of Connecting Disparate Data Sources and Migrating to a Cloud Data Warehouse Migrating to a cloud data warehouse makes strategic sense in the modern context of cloud services and digital transformation.  Operationally, connecting disparate data sources into your cloud data warehouse, managing ongoing change in your IT environment, and delivering on the…

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It’s Back To The Future For Flat Files … Part Three
  • November 25, 2019

It’s Back to the Future for Flat Files … Part Three

Why embedded software application developers should dump flat files before they have to run dump on them I wrote an initial blog a few weeks ago on flat files and why embedded software application developers readily adopted them.  Then in the next blog, I covered why embedded developers are reluctant to use databases.  In…

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It’s Back To The Future For Flat Files … Part Two
  • November 11, 2019

It’s Back to the Future for Flat Files … Part Two

Why Embedded Software Application Developers Loath Databases Last week I wrote an initial blog on flat files and why embedded software application developers readily adopted them.  Simply put, they’re always there – if you’ve got an Operating System that’s more than a bare-bones executive kernel it’s there and it’s free.  Also, flat files are…

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It’s Back To The Future For Flat Files … Part One
  • November 6, 2019

It’s Back to the Future for Flat Files … Part One

Why embedded software application developers adopted flat files Recently, my colleague here in Actian Product Marketing, Pradeep Bhanot, wrote a great blog on Data Historians in which he called for their retirement in favor of more modern databases to support time-series data processing and analytics.  But, in some ways, historians are not as historic…

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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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IPaaS Is Key To Accelerating Innovation
  • October 28, 2019

IPaaS is Key to Accelerating Innovation

Your business is evolving quickly with new competitors, changing customer needs, and the continuous refinement of both your business processes and product/service offerings to make the best of market opportunities.  Sustainable competitive advantage in this environment is built on three things – information, innovation, and agility. Your leaders understand this, which is why they…

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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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Continuing To Deliver On Our Hybrid Vision: Avalanche On Microsoft Azure
  • October 21, 2019

Continuing to deliver on our hybrid vision: Avalanche on Microsoft Azure

Today we are excited to announce the release of Actian Avalanche on Microsoft Azure. Azure is growing significantly as a platform in the enterprise space and becoming the de facto choice for retail analytics. Hence, making Actian Avalanche available on Microsoft Azure has been a priority for us. With this release, Actian Avalanche is…

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Using DataConnect To Acquire, Prepare And Deliver Data To Avalanche
  • October 18, 2019

Using DataConnect to Acquire, Prepare and Deliver Data to Avalanche

Actian recently announced the availability of Avalanche on the Azure platform, extending the capabilities already available on AWS.  This announcement is exciting news for customers because it means greater flexibility and choice in selecting cloud operating environments as well as creating the opportunity for a multi-cloud deployment. Actian DataConnect enhances the capabilities of Avalanche…

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What Is A Data Hub And Why Should You Care?
  • October 7, 2019

What Is a Data Hub and Why Should You Care?

If you are still using point-to-point integrations to move data through your IT environment, then you are spending too much money and missing the opportunities a modern data hub can provide. A data hub is a centralized service that connects all of your IT systems, whether they be Web applications, IoT devices, SaaS solutions,…

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Actian Datacast: The Future Is Hybrid
  • September 30, 2019

Actian Datacast: The future is hybrid

This is the fourth and final installment of an in-depth blog series examining the findings of the recent Actian Datacast 2019: Hybrid Data Trends Snapshot. The survey (which polled 303 IT professionals with influence or decision-making ability at companies of 250+ employees) identified four key trends which were illustrated in the Datacast Infographic. Our…

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Five Tips For Teradata Migration Success
  • September 19, 2019

Five Tips for Teradata Migration Success

If you are like most companies that currently use Teradata appliance, you may be exploring options for a new, modern data warehouse that is a better fit for today’s cloud-centric world. But don’t make the migration journey an afterthought. Teradata is a big, complex system full of rich, unique SQL syntax that predates standardization.…

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Actian Datacast: What’s Keeping IT From Reaching Cloud Data Warehouse Nirvana?
  • September 11, 2019

Actian Datacast: What’s keeping IT from reaching Cloud Data Warehouse Nirvana?

Following is the third installment of our in-depth blog series examining the findings of the recent Actian Datacast 2019: Hybrid Data Trends Snapshot. The survey, which polled 303 IT professionals with influence or decision-making ability at their companies of 250+ employees, identified four key trends which were illustrated in the Datacast Infographic. Our weekly…

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How Data Integration Can Help Reduce Technical Debt
  • September 3, 2019

How Data Integration Can Help Reduce Technical Debt

Whenever you create, install or implement a new process, system or tool in your IT environment, you generate technical debt that must be supported and maintained for the life of the component. The impact of a single connections may not seem significant but when you consider, however, the thousands (if not millions) of components,…

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How Often Do You Update Your Data Connections?
  • August 29, 2019

How Often Do You Update Your Data Connections?

Modern IT environments have many connections between individual systems. Operational workflows, application-to-database links, data warehouse feeds, analytics/reporting tools and published APIs are just some examples of these data connections. They’re required to enable data to flow smoothly throughout your organization to drive business process effectiveness and informed decision-making.  After you create a data connection,…

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Actian Datacast: Are You Leveraging The Right Data For The Right Decision-making?
  • August 27, 2019

Actian Datacast: Are you leveraging the right data for the right decision-making?

Last week we announced the findings of the Actian Datacast 2019: Hybrid Data Trends Snapshot, sharing insights into the current challenges as well as opportunities for data-driven enterprises around managing hybrid data environments. Our survey polled 303 IT professionals with influence and or decision-making ability at their companies of 500+ employees. As the first…

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  • August 22, 2019

Actian Datacast IT Decision-Maker Survey

We have just announced the findings of the Actian Datacast Hybrid Data Trends Survey which offers new insights into the current challenges and opportunities for data-driven organizations when it comes to managing hybrid data environments. The survey polled 303 IT professionals who have some influence or decision-making ability and work in a company with…

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If ETL Is Integration Hell, How Do I Avoid It And Go To Heaven?
  • August 22, 2019

If ETL Is Integration Hell, How Do I Avoid It and Go to Heaven?

Extract, Transform, and Load (ETL) is the process that has been used to share data between applications, transactional systems, and data warehouses for decades.  It essentially works like this; you define an integration, pull the data out of the source system, use some mapping and aggregation rules to transform the data into the format…

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Avoid The Potholes Along Your Migration Journey From Netezza
  • August 20, 2019

Avoid the Potholes Along Your Migration Journey from Netezza

With certain models of Netezza reaching end-of-life, you may be considering your options for a new, modern data warehouse. But don’t make migration an afterthought. Migrations of terabytes of data, thousands of tables and views, specialized code and data types, and other proprietary elements do not happen overnight. Given the dependencies and complexities involved…

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Cloud Software Development: Planning The Journey
  • August 15, 2019

Cloud Software Development: Planning the Journey

For software companies developing new solutions in the cloud, the overall mission can be a daunting proposition. Cloud is an ever-evolving landscape, where one piece of technology may be popular one day, only to be replaced for something better a little while later. Then, there is a slew of tech jargon along with an…

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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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Considering Cloud Migration? First, Read This Checklist.
  • August 5, 2019

Considering Cloud Migration? First, Read This Checklist.

Most modern companies have fully embraced the cloud as the preferred place to host the applications that their businesses use.  Many new applications are “cloud-native” or are designed specifically for operating in the cloud, while many of the legacy applications that your company uses today may have been designed to run on hardware in…

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It’s Not The Destination But The Journey – How Smart IT Managers Are Forging Their Data Warehouse Path To The Cloud
  • July 30, 2019

It’s not the Destination but the Journey – How Smart IT Managers are Forging Their Data Warehouse Path to the Cloud

As Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “it’s not the destination it’s the journey”. Unfortunately, this wise saying is not nearly applied as often as it should be to the contemporary topic of data warehouse modernization project design and execution. The result, thousands of data warehouse modernization projects unnecessarily end up in failure. Gartner’s Adam…

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What You Should Know Before Moving To A Multi-Cloud Environment
  • July 30, 2019

What You Should Know Before Moving to a Multi-Cloud Environment

Most IT leaders will agree: the cloud is the right place to host and operate many of their applications and systems. What isn’t quite as clear for these leaders is “which cloud” they should use. The answer is “There is no right answer.” Each company (and application) has its own unique set of technical…

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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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How To Address Integration Challenges With The Proliferation Of IoT Devices
  • July 16, 2019

How to Address Integration Challenges with the Proliferation of IoT Devices

During the past few years, IoT devices have evolved from being a consumer novelty to a core part of next-generation IT ecosystems for businesses of all sizes. IoT devices (such as smart watches, fitbits, home sensors, RFID point of sale scanners, heartbeat monitors, etc) have become attractive and useful because of their inexpensive price…

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Will Data Management In Operational Technology Finally Be Standardized?
  • July 11, 2019

Will Data Management in Operational Technology Finally Be Standardized?

The proliferation of Operational Technology (OT) within companies is increasing, which has led many to ask whether this will lead to standardization of how operational technology generated data is managed? The answer is “it’s complicated.” There is unlikely to be standardization of the data individual operational technology devices generate, but there will be new…

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4 Steps To Build A Capability-Based Data Integration Strategy
  • July 10, 2019

4 Steps to Build a Capability-Based Data Integration Strategy

Data integration will be one of the most important strategic challenges any company’s IT organization will face during the next few years. As rapidly evolving market environments and the drive for business agility compel company leaders to demand better integrated data during near-real time, IT executives and their architects will be faced with an…

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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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Are You Collecting The Right Data Sources?
  • July 8, 2019

Are You Collecting the Right Data Sources?

Quantity as well as quality are so important to your data, but there is a third dimension to your data puzzle that is even more important – content. As your company evaluates new data sources and improvements to your existing data, ask yourself, “Are we collecting the right data?” Here are three tips to…

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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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2019 Data Management Trends And How They Will Affect Integration
  • June 10, 2019

2019 Data Management Trends and How They Will Affect Integration

2019 is becoming an exciting year for the data management community. Many of the trends of the past few years have successfully made the transition from emerging concepts to mainstream solution approaches. While trends are important building blocks about how companies approach their data management today, they are also providing insights into future capabilities…

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A Guide To Adopting Hybrid Integration Platform
  • June 6, 2019

A Guide to Adopting Hybrid Integration Platform

There are three key trends that have motivated a rapid yet radical transition in how organizations manage their information environments, namely: AS-A-SERVICE PLATFORMS, such as software as-a-service (SaaS) and platform-as-a-service (PaaS) environments, that allow organizations to transition core business and data management functionality to external service providers CLOUD COMPUTING, which provides a broad array…

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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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Digital Transformation Begins With Integration
  • June 3, 2019

Digital Transformation Begins with Integration

Almost every company is embarking on some sort of digital-transformation initiative – reshaping the relationships between employees and business processes and the technology that supports them. At the heart of any digitally transformed operation is data – data about your company’s operations, data about your customers and suppliers and data about your environment. What…

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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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Shadow IT Isn’t A Big Deal If You Manage The Data
  • May 24, 2019

Shadow IT isn’t a Big Deal if You Manage the Data

IT organizations have been fighting the trend of “shadow IT” for many years, fearing it will cause them to lose control of the company’s technology environment and lessen the importance of IT staff. Perhaps it is time for a different perspective. Shadow IT doesn’t have to be a big deal (it can even be…

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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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Enable A Modern Supply-Chain Agility With B2B Integration
  • May 22, 2019

Enable a Modern Supply-Chain Agility with B2B Integration

When most company leaders think about their data warehouse and the systems connected to it, they typically think about their internal IT systems. For companies with outsourced supply chains, real time integration with their suppliers’ systems and data warehouse can enable better insights, better security and more supply-chain agility. Very few companies today are…

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Is Your Data Making A Difference?
  • May 21, 2019

Is Your Data Making a Difference?

For many years, companies have been accumulating large amounts of data with an intuitive feeling that it has value and would be put to good use to make more informed business decisions. As we transition into a new era where machine learning and artificial intelligence are enabling more robust analysis of a company’s data…

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Connect SaaS Services Across Your Organization
  • May 15, 2019

Connect SaaS Services Across Your Organization

Increasingly, companies are embracing the use of SaaS and other cloud services to give their employees the feature-rich capabilities they require at an affordable cost. IT leaders are finding it much more efficient to buy IT services already built than to build and operate them internally. Buying SaaS solutions and other technology capabilities from…

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5 Ways A Hybrid Integration Platform Can Make Your Data More Secure
  • April 1, 2019

5 Ways A Hybrid Integration Platform Can Make Your Data More Secure

Core to the success of any digital business transformation is the ability to rapidly and securely bridge intra- and inter-enterprise hybrid IT environments; including cloud, on-premises, and embedded applications and their associated data. Digital Supply Chain integration and management is a strategic imperative for the modern enterprise and Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT) alike.…

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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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How A Hybrid Integration Platform Can Accelerate Data Migration
  • March 13, 2019

How a Hybrid Integration Platform Can Accelerate Data Migration

Companies around the world are migrating their IT and business applications from on-premises data centers to cloud environments. The benefits of hosting apps in the cloud are clear and well understood; however, the process of data migration is much more challenging than one would think. Migrating data between different applications that are either located…

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Announcing The Availability Of Actian DataConnect On AWS Marketplace
  • March 12, 2019

Announcing the Availability of Actian DataConnect on AWS Marketplace

We are excited to announce that Actian DataConnect suite of products are now available on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Marketplace. Actian DataConnect is a hybrid integration solution that enables you to quickly and easily design, deploy, and manage integrations on-premises, in the cloud, or in hybrid environments.  DataConnect engineered to help you cost-effectively integrate diverse data…

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Why Choose IPaaS For Your Hybrid Integration Needs?
  • February 28, 2019

Why Choose iPaaS for your Hybrid Integration Needs?

The data your company manages is both diverse and ever changing. Connecting source systems across hybrid infrastructure environments may seem challenging initially, but keeping your connections current with the myriad of changes occurring in your IT environment is where you will truly experience a headache. Implementing an integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS) solution,…

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Use Real-time Data To Achieve Better Business Optimization. Here’s How.
  • February 19, 2019

Use real-time data to achieve better business optimization. Here’s how.

With increasing competition in the marketplace and shrinking profit margins in many industries, companies are increasing looking for ways to achieve higher levels of business process optimization throughout their supply chain.  This isn’t a new challenge, but it is one that has recently taken on greater importance with the acceleration of the speed of…

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How Do I Know What I Need To Connect?
  • January 7, 2019

How Do I Know What I Need to Connect?

With digital transformation of business, companies are learning about the importance of data when fueling their digital business processes. Data from on-premises, cloud, infrastructure systems, Internet of Things (IoT) and the edge all have parts to play to enable decision-making and the efficient performance of business processes. Emerging technologies, such as artificial intelligence (AI),…

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Why Hybrid Integration Is The Key To Digital Transformation
  • December 19, 2018

Why Hybrid Integration Is the Key to Digital Transformation

Digital transformation of business is one of the biggest trends of the IT industry during the past few years and is projected to continue to be an important part of companies' business strategies through 2020. With digital transformation initiatives, companies are transforming business processes to leverage modern technology in new ways - deeply integrating…

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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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  • October 18, 2018

Airplane Mode aka The Cloud Digital Divide

I recently took a last-minute trip from San Francisco to India.  The best fare in economy I could find was on a sixteen-hour Air India flight, direct to New Delhi.  I figured I’d get a lot of work done on the flight and, if not, at least I could catch-up on movie watching.  Turns…

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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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HCL Technologies And Sumeru Equity Partners To Acquire Actian Corporation
  • April 12, 2018

HCL Technologies and Sumeru Equity Partners to Acquire Actian Corporation

We’re excited to announce that HCL Technologies (HCL), a leading global technology company, and Sumeru Equity Partners (SEP), a technology-focused private equity firm, have signed a definitive agreement to assume 100 percent ownership of Actian Corporation. For Actian, it means the company will benefit from HCL’s expertise in delivering next generation solutions for the…

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Jolt Your Performance With Actian In Detroit And Cambridge This Week
  • March 12, 2018

Jolt Your Performance with Actian in Detroit and Cambridge This Week

Interested in jolting your data analytics and database performance? Join Actian in two separate meetings this week in both Detroit, Michigan and Cambridge Massachusetts to talk about hybrid data, performance, analytics, and dataintegration: Tuesday, March 13: Come to the JOLT YOUR PERFORMANCE BREAKFAST between 7:30–9am at the award winning Apparatus Room Restaurant conveniently located…

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See Actian At TDWI Las Vegas, February 12-14, 2018
  • February 12, 2018

See Actian at TDWI Las Vegas, February 12-14, 2018

Starting off the new year in style by hitting Las Vegas and attending the annual TDWI Conference focused on big data and analytics? Come see Actian at on the exhibit hall floor, Booth #205, Forum Ballroom of Caesar's Palace, at these times: Tuesday, February 13: 11:15am - 2:15pm and 5:00pm-7:00pm (Leadership Summit reception in…

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Database History In The Making:  Ingres Meets X100
  • December 19, 2017

Database History in the Making: Ingres Meets X100

Doug Inkster is an Actian Fellow with a long history in the database market, starting with IDMS in the 1970’s and moving to Ingres in the 1990’s.  We asked him to reminisce about the most exciting times in his long career.  Here are some of his thoughts: In my 40+ years of working with…

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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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Delivering Real-Time Reporting At Speed And Scale
  • September 21, 2017

Delivering Real-Time Reporting at Speed and Scale

When a major UK logistics company wanted to improve reporting for its large accounts, they turned to Actian to design, implement and support the underlying database system (“LARS”) using Ingres, HVR and Vector products for its architecture. The Brief The customer had around 100 Customer Accounts Representatives dedicated to large accounts, with each Rep…

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Join Actian At Strata Data New York 2017
  • September 20, 2017

Join Actian at Strata Data New York 2017

Join us at the Strata Data New York conference next week at Jacob K Javits Convention Center to learn how our data management and analytics products can help you manage and analyze hybrid data to better gain business insights.  This O'Reilly conference takes place September 25-28, with an opening reception from 5-6:30pm Tuesday in…

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Predictions For The Hybrid Data Landscape
  • May 30, 2017

Predictions for the hybrid data landscape

The Age of Data has arrived, with new data sources, targets and processing models proliferating madly across enterprises of all sizes. While data has never been more valuable to a business — it now informs the who, what, where, when and how of decision making — this new hybrid data landscape introduces new challenges.…

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Connecting ServiceNow To Other Applications’ Data Doesn’t Have To Be Difficult
  • May 4, 2017

Connecting ServiceNow to other applications’ data doesn’t have to be difficult

We're excited to be at Knowledge17 this year to show how the Actian hybrid integration platform can connect ServiceNow to your existing data sources, including on-premises and cloud-based applications. The ServiceNow model can define, structure and automate the flow of work within your enterprise, but only if you can connect to other applications and…

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Rethink Hybrid For The Data-Driven Enterprise
  • April 25, 2017

Rethink Hybrid For The Data-Driven Enterprise

After a recent Actian webinar featuring Forrester Research, John Bard, senior director of product marketing at Actian, asked Forrester principal analyst Michele Goetz more about the trends in today's enterprise data market.  Here is the first part of that conversation: John Bard, Actian:  The enterprise market tends to think of “hybrid” as on-premises or cloud,…

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Hybrid Data Is A Gamechanger
  • April 19, 2017

Hybrid Data is a Gamechanger

Imagine this scenario - you have just "clicked" on an item that you are ordering online. What kind of "data trail" have you generated?  Well, you are sure to have generated a transaction - the kind of "business event" that goes into a seller's accounting system, and then on to their data warehouse for subsequent sales…

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The Start Of Something Really Big
  • April 17, 2017

The Start of Something Really Big

It is rare in life that one gets an opportunity to step back, take a fresh look and reset one’s mission and trajectory. For Actian, today is such a day, as we launch a new vision, a new product solution portfolio and of course, a new tag line. Got to have a new tag…

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Actian Vector Extends Dominance As Certifiably Fastest!
  • June 13, 2016

Actian Vector Extends Dominance as Certifiably Fastest!

Actian announced a new record TPC-H result with Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Intel to demonstrate the big data analytics performance of the new Intel Xeon processor E7-8890 v4.  With over 2.14M QphH and $0.38/QphH, Actian Vector sets new records for performance and price/performance on non-clustered systems for the 3000GB scale factor.  These numbers beat…

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Fashion Retailer Maximizes Profits Through Data Driven Insights
  • May 26, 2016

Fashion Retailer Maximizes Profits Through Data Driven Insights

Kiabi, a global retailer of ready-to-wear fashion at affordable prices based in France needed to replace a legacy data management platform that was unable to support real-time analytics in a high-volume global retail environment. A proof of concept test demonstrated that the Actian Analytics Platform was clearly the performance leader to meet this customer’s real-time data…

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Hadoop At 10
  • April 27, 2016

Hadoop at 10

Wow – 10 years of Hadoop, what a ride. Actian has been working in the Hadoop ecosystem almost since the beginning, starting in 2007. Actian started working with Hortonworks the moment they launched in 2011. As a pioneer in this space, we have witnessed the whole “boom”. And while Hadoop is continuing to show…

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An Analytical Mind: A Smart Interview With Peter Boncz On Vector Processing
  • September 5, 2014

An Analytical Mind: A Smart Interview with Peter Boncz on Vector Processing

Known as the Father of Vector Database Processing, Peter Boncz is the Senior Research Scientist at Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI), Professor at VU University Amsterdam, and Chief Technical Advisor to Actian Corporation, the first company to assemble an end-to-end big data analytics platform that runs natively on Hadoop. He architected two breakthrough database…

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Never Underestimate The Importance Of Good Data Quality
  • September 2, 2014

Never underestimate the importance of good data quality

One of the things I talk to organizations about regularly when they’re trying to get their heads around big data and analytics is the importance of data quality before they start with analytics.  Here, I am reminded of the old database acronym of GIGO (garbage in, garbage out), and yet I am astounded by…

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The Evolution Of Data Integration With The Internet Of Things
  • August 4, 2014

The Evolution of Data Integration with the Internet of Things

Loraine Lawson, always does a wonderful job covering the world of integration, and this article that covers the integration challenges and opportunities of the Internet of Things (IoT) is no exception. Besides big data, I see the IoT as one of the most interesting data integration challenges coming down the road. Perhaps it’s time…

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  • July 21, 2014

The Data Challenges of Telemetry

Telemetry is the automated communications process by which measurements are made and data collected at remote points.  The data is then transmitted to receiving equipment for monitoring.  The word ‘telemetry’ is derived from Greek roots: tele = remote, and metron = measure. Telemetry is not a new concept, that’s for sure.  We’ve been watching…

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Emergence Of The Chief Data Officer Caffeinates Data Integration
  • July 14, 2014

Emergence of the Chief Data Officer Caffeinates Data Integration

We often watch new positions sprout up around emerging technology.  These days, we see new titles such as the chief cloud officer, and other titles that seem just as trendy.  However, the strategic use of data within many enterprises led those in charge to assign data management responsibility to one person; the chief data…

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Retail Begins To Understand Seamless Integration
  • July 2, 2014

Retail Begins to Understand Seamless Integration

It’s one thing to read about the use of data integration in a technology journal, but another thing altogether to see it in line-of-business publications.  That was the case when I read an article from Multi-Channel Merchant, which covered the business reasons for retailers to leverage data integration. “Modern software tools allow brick and…

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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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