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Does Your Organization Have A Data Platform Leader? It Could Soon.
  • February 17, 2022

Does Your Organization Have A Data Platform Leader? It Could Soon.

There’s no one-size-fits-all solution for a modern data platform, and there likely never will be with the proliferation of multiple public and private cloud environments, entrenched on-premises data centers, and the exponential rise in edge computing – data sources are multiplying almost at the rate of data itself. Today’s data platforms increasingly take a…

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Engineered Decision Intelligence: The Best Way Forward Part 2
  • February 3, 2022

Engineered Decision Intelligence: The Best Way Forward Part 2

Part 2: You Need Composable Data and Analytics In my first blog on engineered decision intelligence, I shared information about what this concept means and why you need it, and then I elaborated on the Gartner recommendation for pairing decision intelligence tools with a common data fabric. But there was a second piece of…

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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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Performance Testing Production Workloads For Ingres And Vector
  • November 9, 2021

Performance Testing Production Workloads for Ingres and Vector

One of the main concerns of Ingres and Vector customers whose systems need to undergo a significant change, such as major version upgrades, OS migration, major software releases, increased volumes of usage, etc, is how to properly test the database under realistic conditions in a test environment. Some customers have heard of the Query,…

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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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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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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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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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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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Enterprise Data Warehouse
  • March 2, 2022

Enterprise Data Warehouse

Do you need a Data Warehouse or Enterprise Data Warehouse (EDW) in your organization today? Its functional units, people, services, and other organizational assets support the vision and mission of an organization. An organization can have strategies, tactics, and operational activities that are performed to meet the overall vision and mission of the organization…

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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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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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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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Pssst .. Have You Heard About VectorH?
  • May 4, 2016

Pssst .. Have you heard about VectorH?

Hello World! We’ve been busy building some innovative features into the Actian Vector in Hadoop (VectorH) product and we would love to tell you all about them. So, the list of the features and innovations that we have done recently for VectorH… wait .. do you even know what VectorH is about? Yes, it’s…

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An Analytical Mind: A Smart Interview With Peter Boncz On Vector Processing
  • September 5, 2014

An Analytical Mind: A Smart Interview with Peter Boncz on Vector Processing

Known as the Father of Vector Database Processing, Peter Boncz is the Senior Research Scientist at Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI), Professor at VU University Amsterdam, and Chief Technical Advisor to Actian Corporation, the first company to assemble an end-to-end big data analytics platform that runs natively on Hadoop. He architected two breakthrough database…

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The Data Challenges Of Telemetry
  • September 7, 2022

The Data Challenges of Telemetry

Telemetry is the automated communications process by which measurements are made and data collected at remote points.  The data is then transmitted to receiving equipment for monitoring.  The word ‘telemetry’ is derived from Greek roots: tele = remote, and metron = measure. Telemetry is not a new concept, that’s for sure.  We’ve been watching…

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