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

What’s 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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Approaching Holistic Data Models For Organizational Efficiency
  • January 12, 2021

Approaching Holistic Data Models for Organizational Efficiency

Why model anything? There are many types of models with many types of usages, such as physical, scientific, mathematical, computer, concrete, communication, etc. The overall purpose is to define, support analysis and decisions, and to communicate or validate a system or perspective. Models can also be used to help speed things up or slow…

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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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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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Innovation And The Power Of Data
  • December 15, 2020

Innovation and the Power of Data

What is innovation? Innovation is doing something new that does not currently exist or something new that improves efficiency, effectiveness, cost, and/or creates a competitive advantage. A new method, process, product, or service can be considered an innovation. This also includes the integration of different markets with the utilization of a new product that…

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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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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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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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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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Predictive Analytics Can Reduce Customer Churn And Optimize Marketing Efforts
  • September 17, 2020

Predictive Analytics can Reduce Customer Churn and Optimize Marketing Efforts

All customers are not equal – there are some your business just can’t afford to lose. Do you know who they are and what is required to retain them? With predictive analytics powered by Actian Avalanche, you can do just that. Companies have been using statistical modeling, data correlation and behavioral forecasting for many…

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The Importance Of Semi-Structured Data
  • September 15, 2020

The Importance of Semi-Structured Data

Understanding data is an important part of running any business.  Typically, analysis is performed on data that is stored in forms, spreadsheets, and relational databases.  These are all related to what we know today as structured data.  However, constraining data with forms and tables in a modern business environment is no longer sufficient. The…

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What To Do When Your Data Warehouse Chokes On Big Data
  • August 26, 2020

What to do when your Data Warehouse Chokes on Big Data

This may seem like an academic question, but it is increasingly becoming a reality for modern businesses. What do you do when you have millions of records with infinite width and depth, and your data warehouse chokes?  Do you trim your data?  Do you add more infrastructure capacity?  Or do you need to look…

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Announcing A New Actian ODBC Connector In The Tableau Extension Gallery
  • August 21, 2020

Announcing a new Actian ODBC Connector in the Tableau Extension Gallery

There's now an easier way to connect to Avalanche from Tableau using the new Actian ODBC connector available in the Tableau Extension Gallery. Actian and Tableau have partnered for the past several years to deliver a seamless connectivity experience to our customers. To take advantage of Tableau's latest analytical features, the two teams engaged…

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