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

Actian acknowledged as one of the top workplaces in Austin

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

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

Eight Reasons Why Avalanche is 8X Faster Than Snowflake

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How Well Do You Actually Know Your Customers?

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

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

Connected Data to Drive Service Assurance in IT

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

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

Don’t Just Move Data, Integrate it!

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

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

Why Integration is so critical for Robotic Process Automation Vendors

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

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

Announcing the Availability of Actian DataConnect on AWS Marketplace

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

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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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Actian DataConnect V11.3 Released
  • August 3, 2018

Actian DataConnect v11.3 Released

Greetings Actian DataConnect Community, It’s my pleasure to announce the availability of Actian DataConnect version 11.3 and I’d like to introduce you to some amazing new features! Orchestration Invoker The new Orchestration Invoker process design component provides you with the ability to create more reliable and efficient integration templates by invoking combinations of smaller,…

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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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Visit Actian At The Internet Of Things World Conference May 14-17, 2018
  • May 9, 2018

Visit Actian at the Internet of Things World Conference May 14-17, 2018

The Internet of Things (IoT) World conference is the largest IoT event in the world, combining some 12,000 industry professionals and innovators with hundreds of workshops, breakout sessions, and a 100,000 square foot expo hall filled with more than 300 exhibitors and startups. The event takes place between Monday, May 14 and Thursday, May…

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Deploying Actian OpenROAD Applications With Loadnrun
  • May 1, 2018

Deploying Actian OpenROAD Applications with Loadnrun

One of the main challenges for an application developer is the deployment of applications. There are many ways this is handled, from using traditional installers to web-based deployments. The initial web deployment option for OpenROAD, Actian's rapid application development and flexible deployment solution, was the eClient where the application itself was hosted on a web…

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

HCL Technologies and Sumeru Equity Partners to Acquire Actian Corporation

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

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Ingres (Actian X) Disaster Recovery
  • March 29, 2018

Ingres (Actian X) Disaster Recovery

Most production Ingres (now called Actian X) installations have a need for some degree of disaster recovery (DR).  Options range from shipping nightly database checkpoints to off-site storage locations to near real-time replication to a dedicated off-site DR site.    Ingres, Actian's enterprise hybrid database, ships with built in checkpoint and journal shipping features which…

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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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See Actian At The Gartner Data & Analytics Summit In London
  • March 17, 2018

See Actian at the Gartner Data & Analytics Summit in London

Are you in London, England and attending the Gartner Data & Analytics Summit? Why not drop by and see Actian at Booth #S4 where you can discuss the latest and greatest in databases, hybrid data, analytics, Internet of Things, and software innovation at the InterContinental London - The O2 from Sunday, March 18 through…

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

Jolt Your Performance with Actian in Detroit and Cambridge This Week

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

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Making Actian Zen Btrieve API Code More Efficient
  • March 9, 2018

Making Actian Zen Btrieve API Code More Efficient

The release of Service Pack 1 for Zen (PSQL) v13, Actian’s zero-dba, embedded nano-footprint database, provides a number of new features, including one we’re looking at today to make Btrieve API code more efficient -- the GetNextExtended LIKE Support. First, let's review the concept of "Extended Operations." The low-level Btrieve API (also known as the…

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Get Ready For The Gartner Data & Analytics Summit 2018 In Grapevine, Texas
  • February 26, 2018

Get Ready for the Gartner Data & Analytics Summit 2018 in Grapevine, Texas

The next big data and analytics conference is right around the corner with the Gartner Data & Analytics Summit, hosted at the Gaylord Texan Resort Hotel & Convention Center in Grapevine, Texas from March 5-8, 2018 and Actian will be present, both on the show floor and in a presentation. Emma McGrattan, SVP, Engineering, will…

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

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

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

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Automatically Synchronize Your OLTP And OLAP Tables In Actian X (Ingres 11)
  • February 9, 2018

Automatically Synchronize Your OLTP and OLAP Tables in Actian X (Ingres 11)

A key feature of the latest update to our hybrid database Actian X (Ingres 11) is the inclusion of the x100 analytics engine and support for x100 tables. Adding a world class analytics engine to Actian X’s enterprise OLTP (OnLine Transaction Processing) capability enables a new class of applications that can mix OLTP and analytic…

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Python And Btrieve 2 On Windows: Accessing Actian Zen Data With No SQL
  • February 2, 2018

Python and Btrieve 2 on Windows: Accessing Actian Zen Data With No SQL

In my previous blog ("Programming the Easy Way: Accessing a PSQL Zen Database with Python and ODBC"), I showed how to easily access an Actian Zen database with Python and ODBC.  My next project was to use the new Btrieve 2 feature with Python to directly interface with the data files without using any…

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Simplifying Development With OpenROAD JSON-RPC
  • January 17, 2018

Simplifying Development with OpenROAD JSON-RPC

With the release of the new patches at the end of December for version 6.2, Actian OpenROAD (our rapid application development and flexible deployment solution) is providing a new functionality in the form of JSON support and JSON-RPC support for OpenROAD Server. Those familiar with OpenROAD would know that an application server was available from version…

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Integrating Python With Vector Or Actian X
  • January 12, 2018

Integrating Python with Vector or Actian X

Introduction Today we're going to look at how to get started with Actian Vector, our high-performance in-memory analytics database, and Python, one of the most oft-used languages by data scientists in recent times. Using the techniques below, you'll be able to get started with Python using Vector ODBC and JDBC. (You'll be able to use…

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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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The Big Show: Visit Actian At AWS Re:Invent 2017 In Las Vegas
  • November 27, 2017

The Big Show: Visit Actian at AWS re:Invent 2017 in Las Vegas

The largest cloud computing conference of 2017 is now here in AWS re:Invent and it’s taking over Las Vegas in a big way. An estimated 40,000 engineers, product leads, marketers, technical architects, and expert users from around the world will be descending on The Strip, attending keynotes, bootcamps, demos, hackathons, and in-depth hands-on training…

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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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