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

Vector 6.2 Delivers Even Faster and More Secure Analytics

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

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

The Top 10 Benefits of an Operational Data Warehouse For 2021

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

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

Six Essential Data Preparation Steps for Analytics

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

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

Approaching Holistic Data Models for Organizational Efficiency

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

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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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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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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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Innovation And The Power Of Data
  • December 15, 2020

Innovation and the Power of Data

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

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

What is a modern data platform?

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

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

Actian Vector for Hadoop File Format is Faster and More Efficient

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

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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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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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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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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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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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Actian 2020 Predictions: 4 Data Trends For Analytics
  • December 18, 2019

Actian 2020 Predictions: 4 Data Trends for Analytics

The transformative agency of data within the enterprise grows more powerful every day, and the ways in which enterprises manage and leverage their data are therefore in a state of profound transformation. New technologies, strategies and trends are taking shape almost daily across analytics, cloud, UX and IoT. In 2020, we're going to continue…

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

Using a Cloud Data Warehouse to Support Localized Systems

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

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

Exploiting Analytics in the Cloud Without Moving All Your Data There

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

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

The Importance of Data Stewardship Agreements Across Companies

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

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Top Issues In Data Warehousing
  • June 24, 2019

Top Issues in Data Warehousing

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

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

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

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

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

A Cost/Benefit Guide to the Data Warehouse

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

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

What is Data Warehouse-as-a-Service?

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

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Breaking Down Data Silos
  • May 23, 2019

Breaking Down Data Silos

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

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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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Connecting To An Actian X (Ingres) Database From PHP Via JDBC
  • March 8, 2019

Connecting to an Actian X (Ingres) Database from PHP via JDBC

We have documented the best way to connect from PHP to an Ingres database via ODBC in an Actian Knowledge Base article called Ingres ODBC with PHP and in a previous post, Connecting to Actian X (Ingres) with PHP and NGINX. Sometimes, however, due to limitations, users may need to use JDBC instead of ODBC…

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

Enabling Agility with Real-Time Data

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

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Insights At The Speed Of Business
  • December 19, 2018

Insights at the Speed of Business

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

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When Fresh Data Matters
  • December 9, 2018

When Fresh Data Matters

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

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What’s New In Actian DataFlow Version 6.6.1?
  • November 26, 2018

What’s new in Actian DataFlow version 6.6.1?

Actian DataFlow is a parallel workflow platform for end-to-end data access, transformation, preparation, and predictive analysis that eliminates performance bottlenecks in your data-intensive applications.  Complementary to the Actian Vector analytic database, DataFlow leverages concurrency, parallelism and pipelining to accelerate data movement between locations in your data architecture, creating faster results.  DataFlow eliminates memory constraints,…

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

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

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

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

The Top 5 Pitfalls of Traditional Data Warehouses

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

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Actian Vector Data Ingestion
  • July 11, 2018

Actian Vector Data Ingestion

The usefulness of an analytic database is closely tied to its ability to ingest, store, and process vast quantities of data. Data is typically ingested from multiple sources such as operational databases, CSV files, and continuous data streams. In most cases, daily data loads are measured in tens or hundreds of millions of rows,…

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New Improvements To Security And Performance In Actian Vector
  • June 12, 2018

New Improvements to Security and Performance in Actian Vector

We are pleased to announce the availability of Actian Vector 5.1.  This release includes enhancements across the product, but the primary focus is with security, performance, and new customer enablement. This post provides an overview of some features added to this release. Security With the advent of GDPR we’ve seen heightened focus on security.…

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Vector Enterprise Edition Now Available On AWS Marketplace
  • May 8, 2018

Vector Enterprise Edition Now Available on AWS Marketplace

Last week we activated Actian Vector Enterprise Edition on the AWS Marketplace, so now it’s easier to tap into the fastest analytic engine in the cloud to extract insights from your big data. We can prove that claim based on independent benchmarks by MCG that you can view here comparing Vector performance to results…

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How Actian Vector Helps You Eliminate OLAP Cubes
  • April 16, 2018

How Actian Vector Helps You Eliminate OLAP Cubes

OLAP (OnLine Analytical Processing) Cubes are used extensively today, because it is impossible for many database platforms to analyze large volumes of data quickly. This is because most database software does not fully leverage computing power and memory to deliver optimal performance. Some of the symptoms of this are: Large queries end up hogging…

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Actian’s March Topcoder Challenges
  • March 24, 2018

Actian’s March Topcoder Challenges

Actian is sponsoring three challenges on Topcoder this month, featuring our Vector and Zen database products and thousands of dollars in prizes. All you need to do is sign on to Topcoder (for free), read and follow the instructions for the competition, and win! It's that easy. Now, the challenges themselves are all different,…

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Actian Vector – Community Edition Launches On Azure Marketplace
  • March 20, 2018

Actian Vector – Community Edition Launches on Azure Marketplace

Last November we announced that Actian Vector - Community Edition, our high-performing SQL analytics solution for the cloud, launched for free on the AWS Marketplace. Now we're happy to announce that a similar version has now been released on the Microsoft Azure Marketplace in a similar free-to-use pricing model. If you are a SQL…

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When BIG Data Doesn’t Have To Be
  • January 9, 2018

When BIG Data Doesn’t Have to Be

Using a Vector FARM to Make Big Data Analytics Fast and Easy I’ve been working in the IT industry a long time.   What goes around, comes around.  My favorite example is how centralized mainframe timesharing gave birth to decentralized client-server computing, now we are going back to timesharing, but in the cloud.   Technology does…

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High-Performance Realtime-Analytics On Hadoop Data
  • December 27, 2017

High-Performance Realtime-Analytics on Hadoop Data

The Challenge I have spent many years working with Actian's customers on database solutions and thought it'd be useful to discuss a recent customer experience at a large media company (I will call it "XYZCo"). This experience is similar to what I continue to see with other customers and the lessons learned apply to…

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Fast. Faster. Fastest.
  • December 22, 2017

Fast. Faster. Fastest.

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

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

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

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

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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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Insight To Insights
  • November 28, 2017

Insight to Insights

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

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Actian Vector – Community Edition Launches On AWS Marketplace
  • November 16, 2017

Actian Vector – Community Edition Launches on AWS Marketplace

I’m excited to announce that Actian Vector - Community Edition is now available on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Marketplace. The Community Edition is delivered as an Amazon Machine Image (AMI) and is compatible with the AWS 1-Click launch experience. Why is this important for you as a developer? If you are a SQL…

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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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The Essential Guide To Actian Hybrid Data Conference 2017 In London, UK
  • October 16, 2017

The essential guide to Actian Hybrid Data Conference 2017 in London, UK

You are cordially invited to Actian’s Hybrid Data Conference in central London, UK on November 9th, 2017. Unlike many tech conferences, this one is totally free, and is open to Actian Customers, Partners, and the broader Tech Community alike. Bring a friend, or bring a few friends, this is a great technology community networking…

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Efficient ETL In An Analytical Database?
  • June 27, 2016

Efficient ETL in an Analytical Database?

Recently I worked on a POC that required some non-standard thinking. The challenge was that the customer's use case did not only need high performance SQL analytics but also a healthy amount of ETL (Extract, Transform, and Load). More specifically, the requirement was for ELT (or even ETLT if we want to absolutely precise).…

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  • May 3, 2016

Amazon EMR as an Easy-to-set-up Hadoop Platform

Recently I helped a customer perform an evaluation of Actian Vector in Hadoop (VectorH) to see if it could maintain “a few seconds” performance as the data sizes grew from one to tens of billions of rows (which it did, but that’s not the subject of this entry). The customer in question was only…

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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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