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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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Will Cloud Data Warehouses Really Help You Cut Costs?
  • November 8, 2021

Will Cloud Data Warehouses Really Help You Cut Costs?

If the first question you consider when thinking about a cloud data warehouse involves how much money you will save by moving your on-premises solution to the cloud, you may not like my answer: There’s no guarantee that you will realize any cost savings at all. But let me suggest, however humbly, that this…

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Affinity Analytics Using Actian Avalanche Cloud Data Warehouse
  • October 29, 2021

Affinity Analytics using Actian Avalanche Cloud Data Warehouse

Affinity analytics is the practice of finding relationships and patterns in data.   Businesses can use the results from affinity analytics for many positive impacts.   Here are just two examples from real customer use cases.  First, in retail, management wants to know what products typically sell well together for product placement and advertising purposes. This…

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Security, Governance And Privacy For The Modern Data Warehouse, Part 2
  • August 26, 2021

Security, Governance and Privacy for the Modern Data Warehouse, Part 2

Part 2: Cloud Service Security In my previous post on modern data warehouse security, we looked at issues related to database security. This post will focus on the separate, but related issue of cloud service security, which is increasingly important since nearly half of all data warehouses are hosted in the cloud.[1] The economics…

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Security, Governance And Privacy For The Modern Data Warehouse, Part 1
  • August 23, 2021

Security, Governance and Privacy for the Modern Data Warehouse, Part 1

Database Security: Part 1 Did you know that security breaches involving the cloud now surpass breaches involving on-premise infrastructure? According to the Verizon 2021 Data Breach Investigation Report, 73% of cybersecurity incidents involved external cloud assets—compared with 27% only one year ago.[1] Having just joined Actian from a cloud security provider, even I was…

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Data: The Beating Heart Of Healthcare
  • August 4, 2021

Data: the Beating Heart of Healthcare

Data: the Beating Heart of Healthcare Payers, health plans, and integrated health systems run on data. Integration, processing, and analytics are integral to their business process and managing of costs and risk. The role of payers in the healthcare industry has been expanding for years. As care models have shifted from fee-for-service to coordinated…

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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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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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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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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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Reducing Customer Churn In The Telecom Industry With Connected Data
  • April 13, 2020

Reducing Customer Churn in the Telecom Industry with Connected Data

Customer loyalty is the key to profitability in the telecom industry. Because telecom providers manage large fixed infrastructures that must be offset by revenue, customer churn (attrition) is particularly problematic in this industry. Low switching costs for customers (supported by government regulations) mean that customer loyalty is the only real tool that telecom companies…

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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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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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