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

Data Virtualization: Virtual Data Warehouse Déjà Vu?

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

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Developing Your Data DNA
  • November 29, 2021

Developing your Data DNA

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

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

DataOps: How to Turn Data into Actionable Insights

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

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

Customer Analytics: How to Measure a Customer’s Journey

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

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

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

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

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

What is a Data Analytics Hub?

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

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

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

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

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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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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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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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