SAP R/3 for Real-time Analytics: Replication & Mythical Cluster Tables

March 17, 2015

PART FIVE: This is the last blog in my series about Near Real Time data acquisition from SAP. This final blog is co-written with Arno Luijten, who is one of Teradata’s lead engineers. He is instrumental in demystifying the secrets of the elusive SAP clustered and pooled tables. There is a common misconception that the… Read More »

The Value of Big Data Unlocked

March 17, 2015

It’s on every enterprise list of Things To Tackle in 2015. It’s every organization’s technological priority because it’s commonly considered important to future growth and competitive positioning. The value of Big data is big news —without a doubt. Even though most business executives think realizing benefits from the value of big data is long overdue,… Read More »

‘What’s next in analytics on SAP R/3’ – Introduction

March 17, 2015

SAP’s ERP application R/3 is classified as a real time transaction processing system. However for most larger companies SAP R/3 is not suited for analytical purposes. These companies started with the building data warehouses. This is also where my “SAP analytics journey” started, in the early 1990ies as an employee of Shell. To load the… Read More »

Hybrid Row-Column Stores: A General and Flexible Approach

March 10, 2015

During a recent meeting with a post-doc in my lab at Yale, he reminded me that this summer will mark the 10-year anniversary of the publication of C-Store in VLDB 2005. C-Store was by no means the first ever column-store database system (the column-store idea has been around since the 70s — nearly as long… Read More »

Foresight Tops Hindsight: Data-Driven Decisions Beat Gut

March 9, 2015

Many decisions we make every day are not data-driven but are made by our gut instinct. That’s fine when those decisions are about what to wear, what to eat, where to go on vacation, and how much to spend on an item. But what about when your choices can impact the company’s bottom line, or even… Read More »

5 Ways Big Data Marketing Helps Companies Be Competitive: Part 2

March 3, 2015

(Part 2 of a post illustrating how marketers are creatively leveraging big data to secure competitive advantages.) Big data leveraged into insights have a strong likelihood to distinguish organizations from their competitors. Because of the infancy of this movement, few big data insights to date have been turned into marketing advantages – so early entrants… Read More »

6 Ways Big Data Marketing Helps Companies Be Competitive: Part 1

February 24, 2015

Big data – business changing data – is giving marketers new ways to be innovative and step ahead of competitors. A creative strategy or advertising campaign is only scratching the surface of mechanisms available today to drive revenue. Effective CMOs must appreciate the power of new and diverse data sources and demand marketing directors interpret… Read More »

Data-Driven Design: Smart Modeling in the Fast Lane

February 24, 2015

In this blog, I would like to discuss a different way of modeling data regardless of the method such as Third Normal Form or Dimensional or Analytical datasets. This new way of data modeling will cut down the development cycles by avoiding rework, be agile, and produce higher quality solutions. It’s a discipline that looks… Read More »

Selecting a Big Data Solution: 5 Questions to Ask

February 18, 2015

For years now certain enterprises such as big-box retailers, online pioneers and consumer credit innovators have been successfully leveraging big data – to the point where these early adopter organizations can outperform competitors 2-1. They gain insights across their world – from their view of customers, to customer interactions and their perspective of the category.… Read More »

Big Data Analytics: Will Better Company Culture Trump A Strong ROI?

February 17, 2015

(This post discusses the results1 of Forrester Consulting’s research examining the economic impact and ROI of an online retailer that implemented a Teradata analytics solution. The new integrated platform runs big data analytics and replaces the retailer’s third party analytics solution.) What is more beneficial? The quantifiable pay out of a big data solution…or the… Read More »