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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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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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Healthcare Data Warehouse
  • November 1, 2021

Healthcare Data Warehouse

A data warehouse is a centralized repository for the storage of data from one or more aggregated sources, updated immediately with real-time data yet retaining prior data for a more comprehensive dataset. The data in the data warehouse can be different types of data in various formats for disparate sources such as electronic health…

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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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What Is An Enterprise Data Hub?
  • October 25, 2021

What is an Enterprise Data Hub?

When managing big data, organizations will find that there will be many consumers of the vast amounts of data, ranging from applications and data repositories to humans via various analytics and reporting tools. After all, the data is an expression of the enterprise, and with digital transformation, that enterprise is increasingly expressed in the…

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Data Warehouse Vs Database – Which Should You Choose?
  • October 14, 2021

Data Warehouse vs Database – Which Should you Choose?

Data warehouse vs database should you choose one or the other - or, in some cases, would you need both? Each has a purpose and a value for your organization. Each can be simple or complex; both support organizational decisions. In general, they are complementary.  The question becomes which one do I need based…

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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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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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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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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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Hybrid Cloud Benefits And Risks
  • September 21, 2021

Hybrid Cloud Benefits and Risks

Hybrid cloud adoption is on the rise. As companies look to accelerate their cloud journey, it's becoming clear that there are numerous values - and constraints -  when blending the use of private on-premises clouds with those of public off-premise clouds. Creating a strategic balance between the two can often yield more favorable results…

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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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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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It’s Time For Data Historians To Become … History
  • July 17, 2021

It’s Time for Data Historians to Become … History

Database Historians...History? Why a modern time-series capable database can simplify yet enhance time-series data analysis. Despite the professorial image the term suggests, a data historian is not an instructor or researcher, but a purpose-build software solution. And evolutions in how operational data is used and managed have eclipsed the need for data historian software…

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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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Avalanche On Google Cloud Delivers High-Speed And Pay-Only-for-What-You-Need
  • May 6, 2021

Avalanche on Google Cloud Delivers High-Speed and Pay-Only-for-What-You-Need

The Actian Avalanche Hybrid Cloud Data Warehouse, with the fastest columnar analytics engine available in the market today, is now generally available on Google Cloud Platform (GCP) via Google Cloud and the Google Marketplace. For organizations that need the flexibility to scale dynamically yet pay only for the resources they need, that want an…

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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 The Difference Between A Data Analytics Hub And A Lakehouse?
  • March 25, 2021

What is the Difference Between a Data Analytics Hub and a Lakehouse?

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 does not fully address modern data analytics needs. In comparing these three platforms, it becomes clear that all of…

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

Are Real-Time Analytics in Supply Chain Management Important?

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

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Data Lakes, Data Warehouses And Data Hubs – Do We Need Another Choice?
  • February 17, 2021

Data Lakes, Data Warehouses and Data Hubs – Do we need another choice?

Data Lakes, Data Warehouses, and Data Hubs - Do we need another choice? There’s a long-standing debate, dating back to the early days of Hadoop, about what kind of data repository is best for a given data analytics use case. A Data Lake? A Data Hub? A Data Warehouse? Despite Hadoop’s fall from grace,…

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

Building a Cohesive Data Management Strategy for Supply Chain Visibility

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

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

From Databases to Knowledge Management Systems for Data Power

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

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

The Best Cloud Data Strategy for Value

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

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Google GKE Containers: Breakthrough Technology For Cloud Data Warehouses
  • December 21, 2020

Google GKE Containers: Breakthrough Technology for Cloud Data Warehouses

Actian Avalanche on Google Kubernetes Engine Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE) is now running containerized versions of Actian Avalanche cloud data warehouse, a high-performance hybrid cloud data warehouse designed to power an enterprise’s most demanding operational analytics workloads. Why is that important? Because now an enterprise can deploy one of the world’s most advanced data…

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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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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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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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Announcing A New Actian ODBC Connector In The Tableau Extension Gallery
  • August 21, 2020

Announcing a new Actian ODBC Connector in the Tableau Extension Gallery

There's now an easier way to connect to Avalanche from Tableau using the new Actian ODBC connector available in the Tableau Extension Gallery. Actian and Tableau have partnered for the past several years to deliver a seamless connectivity experience to our customers. To take advantage of Tableau's latest analytical features, the two teams engaged…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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Getting Started With Avalanche On Azure
  • October 21, 2019

Getting Started with Avalanche on Azure

Actian Avalanche on  Microsoft Azure launched this week with a free cloud storage offer.  This post will walk you through getting set up on Avalanche on Azure. You must first have an Actian account as a customer of Avalanche or have signed up for a free trial.   After you log in to the Avalanche service, you…

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Avalanche Cloud Data Warehouse Launches On Azure With Free Storage Offer
  • October 21, 2019

Avalanche Cloud Data Warehouse Launches on Azure with Free Storage Offer

Today we announced the availability of Actian’s industry-leading Avalanche Cloud Data Warehouse Managed Service on Azure. Actian Avalanche is the only hybrid data warehouse solution on Azure and provides significant performance gains at a lower cost compared to alternatives. Learn why Avalanche on Azure makes sense for your business. We are also pleased to announce…

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Elastic Scaling In Actian Avalanche
  • October 4, 2019

Elastic Scaling in Actian Avalanche

Moving applications to the cloud, users can benefit from various opportunities the cloud environment offers. One of these opportunities is the availability of a seemingly infinite amount of resources, enabling users to match their requirements by scaling their application according to their load. Nevertheless, load may change over time and does not always follow…

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Observations From Strata Data Conference
  • September 26, 2019

Observations from Strata Data Conference

Looking around at Strata this morning I observe that the folks here fall into three broad categories: The t-shirt wearing techie who proudly wears their favorite logo'ed t-shirt e.g. "Data is the New Bacon" and who is here to reassure themselves that there isn't much that they don't know about what is happening in…

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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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Learn How To Get Started With Actian
  • September 4, 2019

Learn How to Get Started with Actian

Are you new to Actian or currently testing out Actian Products? If so, check out our new Getting Started learning channel at https://communities.actian.com/s/getting-started-quick-tutorials. These bite-sized tutorials will get you started quickly with some of our core products: Actian Avalanche Actian Zen Actian DataConnect Actian DataFlow And we'll be adding more!

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

Exploiting Analytics in the Cloud Without Moving All Your Data There

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

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

The Importance of Data Stewardship Agreements Across Companies

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

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Top Issues In Data Warehousing
  • June 24, 2019

Top Issues in Data Warehousing

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

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

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

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

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Connecting To Actian Avalanche Via JDBC
  • June 12, 2019

Connecting to Actian Avalanche via JDBC

Actian Avalanche delivers an operational data warehouse as a managed service in the cloud. Its developer-friendly high-performance analytics engine has been proven to outperform other popular analytics platforms without specialized hardware or complicated software development. Requires minimal setup, provides automatic tuning to reduce database administration effort and enables highly-responsive end-user BI reporting. This is…

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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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Connecting To Actian Avalanche from Denodo via JDBC
  • June 1, 2019

Connecting to Actian Avalanche from Denodo via JDBC

Actian Avalanche is the world’s fastest analytic data warehouse delivered as Software as a Service (SaaS). It has been designed for simplicity and doesn’t require any complex tuning to deliver consistent real-time performance for even the most challenging queries.    Actian Avalanche is standards based, supporting the latest SQL, ODBC and JDBC standards, which enables it to easily fit into any…

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

What is Data Warehouse-as-a-Service?

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

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Breaking Down Data Silos
  • May 23, 2019

Breaking Down Data Silos

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

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Connecting To Actian Avalanche from Pentaho via JDBC
  • May 21, 2019

Connecting to Actian Avalanche from Pentaho via JDBC

Actian Avalanche delivers an operational data warehouse as a managed service in the cloud. Its developer-friendly high-performance analytics engine has been proven to outperform other popular analytics platforms without specialized hardware or complicated software development. Actian Avalanche requires minimal setup, provides automatic tuning to reduce database administration effort and enables highly-responsive end-user BI reporting.    This is how to connect…

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

Understand Customer Buying Behavior To Improve Customer Targeting

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

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

Enabling Agility with Real-Time Data

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

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Insights At The Speed Of Business
  • December 19, 2018

Insights at the Speed of Business

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

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