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Ingres (Actian X) Disaster Recovery
  • March 29, 2018

Ingres (Actian X) Disaster Recovery

Most production Ingres (now called Actian X) installations have a need for some degree of disaster recovery (DR).  Options range from shipping nightly database checkpoints to off-site storage locations to near real-time replication to a dedicated off-site DR site.    Ingres, Actian's enterprise hybrid database, ships with built in checkpoint and journal shipping features which…

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Actian’s March Topcoder Challenges
  • March 24, 2018

Actian’s March Topcoder Challenges

Actian is sponsoring three challenges on Topcoder this month, featuring our Vector and Zen database products and thousands of dollars in prizes. All you need to do is sign on to Topcoder (for free), read and follow the instructions for the competition, and win! It's that easy. Now, the challenges themselves are all different,…

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When BIG Data Doesn’t Have To Be
  • January 9, 2018

When BIG Data Doesn’t Have to Be

Using a Vector FARM to Make Big Data Analytics Fast and Easy I’ve been working in the IT industry a long time.   What goes around, comes around.  My favorite example is how centralized mainframe timesharing gave birth to decentralized client-server computing, now we are going back to timesharing, but in the cloud.   Technology does…

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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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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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The X-Vector
  • November 1, 2017

The X-Vector

As an employee new to Actian I decided to dig into what makes Actian Vector a star performer.  Three specific qualities, covered below, caught my eye as I reviewed the technical overview. Vectorization: When I first heard this term, my memory went back to 30 years ago, when IBM offered my employer, Watson Calculating Services…

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Delivering Real-Time Reporting At Speed And Scale
  • September 21, 2017

Delivering Real-Time Reporting at Speed and Scale

When a major UK logistics company wanted to improve reporting for its large accounts, they turned to Actian to design, implement and support the underlying database system (“LARS”) using Ingres, HVR and Vector products for its architecture. The Brief The customer had around 100 Customer Accounts Representatives dedicated to large accounts, with each Rep…

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ADP – Creating A Headache-free Client Experience With Easy Integration
  • August 24, 2016

ADP – creating a headache-free client experience with easy integration

ADP has built its Human Capital Management business on fast and accurate data. ADP's comprehensive Human Capital Management (HCM) solutions require that HR, payroll and other data be integrated to deliver analytics and compliance services for 80 percent of FORTUNE 500 companies. HCM works with multiple other cloud-based systems to provide clients with the…

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Efficient ETL In An Analytical Database?
  • June 27, 2016

Efficient ETL in an Analytical Database?

Recently I worked on a POC that required some non-standard thinking. The challenge was that the customer's use case did not only need high performance SQL analytics but also a healthy amount of ETL (Extract, Transform, and Load). More specifically, the requirement was for ELT (or even ETLT if we want to absolutely precise).…

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Fashion Retailer Maximizes Profits Through Data Driven Insights
  • May 26, 2016

Fashion Retailer Maximizes Profits Through Data Driven Insights

Kiabi, a global retailer of ready-to-wear fashion at affordable prices based in France needed to replace a legacy data management platform that was unable to support real-time analytics in a high-volume global retail environment. A proof of concept test demonstrated that the Actian Analystics Platform was clearly the performance leader to meet this customer’s real-time data needs.…

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The Evolution Of Data Integration With The Internet Of Things
  • August 4, 2014

The Evolution of Data Integration with the Internet of Things

Loraine Lawson, always does a wonderful job covering the world of integration, and this article that covers the integration challenges and opportunities of the Internet of Things (IoT) is no exception. Besides big data, I see the IoT as one of the most interesting data integration challenges coming down the road. Perhaps it’s time…

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Retail Begins To Understand Seamless Integration
  • July 2, 2014

Retail Begins to Understand Seamless Integration

It’s one thing to read about the use of data integration in a technology journal, but another thing altogether to see it in line-of-business publications.  That was the case when I read an article from Multi-Channel Merchant, which covered the business reasons for retailers to leverage data integration. “Modern software tools allow brick and…

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