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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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Are Real-Time Analytics In Supply Chain Management Important?
  • February 22, 2021

Are Real-Time Analytics in Supply Chain Management Important?

Processing data in real-time Every organization processes data in many ways. For example, batch data process still exists for heavy data-process workloads, such as payroll. Many of these data processing requirements are executed by batch scheduling software; however, there is a growing need for data processing to be more automated and processed in real-time.…

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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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Building A Cohesive Data Management Strategy For Supply Chain Visibility
  • February 10, 2021

Building a Cohesive Data Management Strategy for Supply Chain Visibility

Business strategy A business strategy consists of setting goals, objectives, and priorities for the business vision and mission. The strategy owners use their portfolios of assets, services, and products to achieve the business's goals. A business will often have multiple strategies, such as having a digital strategy that supports their service or product strategy.…

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From Databases To Knowledge Management Systems For Data Power
  • January 29, 2021

From Databases to Knowledge Management Systems for Data Power

Databases Databases are everywhere. They store data and information organized by fields and tables. There are different types of databases that organize data into relational tables, hierarchical structures, networks, and objects. Databases can be personal, corporate, and shared resources. They can be used for recording business transactions to support decision making. The value of…

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The Best Cloud Data Strategy For Value
  • January 29, 2021

The Best Cloud Data Strategy for Value

Which cloud makes sense? Nothing is perfect, but we want to approach perfection with continuous improvement and the management of risk in our business environments. IT capabilities and resources underpin our business environments. On-premise capabilities and cloud capabilities have to deliver a return on investment (ROI) for our efforts and, at the same time,…

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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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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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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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The Six Steps Essential For Data Preparation And Analysis
  • September 24, 2020

The Six Steps Essential for Data Preparation and Analysis

Abraham Lincoln is quoted as saying, "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 preparing data for business analysis or machine learning is indeed…

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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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