Jun 1, 2020

Teradata - The Global Analytics Platform

Kayleigh Shooter
4 min
We take a closer look at the global analytics platform, Teradata, and what its technology offers its consumers, below.

Business Overview:

Teradata del...

We take a closer look at the global analytics platform, Teradata, and what its technology offers its consumers, below. 

Business Overview: 

Teradata delivers real-time, intelligent answers, leveraging 100% of the relevant data, regardless of scale or volume of query. And we do it on-premises in the cloud, and anywhere in between. It’s called Pervasive Data Intelligence. And only Teradata has the industry-leading products, expertise, and services to deliver it today. The company has over 35 years of experience behind it and serves in over 75 countries. Only Teradata leverages 100% of your relevant data with the speed, scale and flexibility to deliver answers to the issues that matter most to the success of your business. 

Product portfolio 

  • Vantage: “Business intelligence powered by the cloud.” 

As data volumes grow faster than ever, businesses struggle to get answers. Teradata Vantage solves this problem. Vantage uses 100 percent of available data to uncover real-time business intelligence at scale, powering the new era of Pervasive Data Intelligence. 

See all data from across the entire organization in one place, whenever it's needed, with preferred languages and tools. Vantage supports R, Python, Teradata Studio, Jupyter, RStudio, and any SQL-based tool. Enable various languages and tools to connect seamlessly to Vantage, with support for each tool through plug-ins, extensions, and connectors. It offers flexible deployment across public clouds, as well as on-premises, on optimised or commodity infrastructure, or as-a-service. No more locked-in licenses. No more penalties or fees for changing your mind.

  • Vantage analyst: With Vantage Analyst, users do not need to know how to code complex machine learning algorithms. 

They simply select parameters through UI and Vantage Analyst handles the rest. Vantage Analyst provides an easy-to-use interface for creating, training, and scoring predictive models with widely used predictive modeling algorithms, such as Generalized Linear Model (GLM) and Support Vector Machine (SVM). 

Vantage Analyst lets users visually detect and drill down into hidden data patterns through interactive visualizations that facilitate an agile, iterative data science process.

  • Vantage customer experience: Optimizing the customer experience is challenging. Most organizations have little visibility into the raw data of the customer journey across multiple customer touchpoints and departments, can’t sense and react to a multitude of customer pain points and opportunities, and struggle to quickly, meaningfully personalize customer interactions. 

Vantage Customer Experience eliminates these challenges by giving Marketers and Customer Experience Professionals the autonomy needed to keep pace with dynamic customer interactions.

Vantage CX delivers the previously elusive 360-degree view of the customer by allowing data integration experts in IT and citizen data integrators in the business to collaborate rather than compete.Vantage CX helps enterprises sense and react to a multitude of customer pain points and opportunities with easy-to-use advanced analytics.

Teradata in the news: 

Teradata recently announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Steve McMillan President and Chief Executive Officer, and a member of the Board of Directors, effective June 8, 2020. Mr. McMillan was previously at F5 Networks, Inc. as Executive Vice President of Global Services. He succeeds interim President and Chief Executive Officer, Victor Lund. Mr. Lund will step down from the Company’s Board of Directors, effective upon the appointment of Mr. McMillan as CEO on June 8, 2020. 

“During this time of digital transformation, there is no better person to lead Teradata than Steve McMillan,” said Mike Gianoni, Chairman of the Teradata Board of Directors.

Standard Chartered and Teradata:
Standard Chartered uses a strategic finance and regulatory analytical solution called Project Rubicon that optimizes a Teradata® IntelliFlex® platform to fully integrate transaction and accounting data. The bank now has a current, accurate, “golden source” of data to better reconcile financial transactions, meet reporting requirements in each country it operates, automate processes, and improve operations. 

Read and download the full case study here

Teradata certification:

Teradata Certification offers certification tracks covering the features and functionality of the Advanced SQL Engine. Certifications are designed for all audiences and offer a range of levels—from the novice to those with extensive knowledge and expertise. 

Become certified on the most recent version of Advanced SQL Engine. Start with the Associate Exam and progress based on your job role through Administrator, Developer, and System Architect exams. If you finish all 6, you’ll become a Certified Master.

Teradata is offering a 25% discount on all Teradata Vantage exams if you test by December 31, 2020! 

Find out more here

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Jun 16, 2021

SAS: Improving the British Army’s decision making with data

British Army
3 min
Roderick Crawford, VP and Country GM, explains the important role that SAS is playing in the British Army’s digital transformation

SAS’ long-standing relationship with the British Army is built on mutual respect and grounded by a reciprocal understanding of each others’ capabilities, strengths, and weaknesses. Roderick Crawford, VP and Country GM for SAS UKI, states that the company’s thorough grasp of the defence sector makes it an ideal partner for the Army as it undergoes its own digital transformation. 

“Major General Jon Cole told us that he wanted to enable better, faster decision-making in order to improve operational efficiency,” he explains. Therefore, SAS’ task was to help the British Army realise the “significant potential” of data through the use of artificial intelligence (AI) to automate tasks and conduct complex analysis.

In 2020, the Army invested in the SAS ‘Viya platform’ as an overture to embarking on its new digital roadmap. The goal was to deliver a new way of working that enabled agility, flexibility, faster deployment, and reduced risk and cost: “SAS put a commercial framework in place to free the Army of limits in terms of their access to our tech capabilities.”

Doing so was important not just in terms of facilitating faster innovation but also, in Crawford’s words, to “connect the unconnected.” This means structuring data in a simultaneously secure and accessible manner for all skill levels, from analysts to data engineers and military commanders. The result is that analytics and decision-making that drives innovation and increases collaboration.

Crawford also highlights the importance of the SAS platform’s open nature, “General Cole was very clear that the Army wanted a way to work with other data and analytics tools such as Python. We allow them to do that, but with improved governance and faster delivery capabilities.”

SAS realises that collaboration is at the heart of a strong partnership and has been closely developing a long-term roadmap with the Army. “Although we're separate organisations, we come together to work effectively as one,” says Crawford. “Companies usually find it very easy to partner with SAS because we're a very open, honest, and people-based business by nature.”

With digital technology itself changing with great regularity, it’s safe to imagine that SAS’ own relationship with the Army will become even closer and more diverse. As SAS assists it in enhancing its operational readiness and providing its commanders with a secure view of key data points, Crawford is certain that the company will have a continually valuable role to play.

“As warfare moves into what we might call ‘the grey-zone’, the need to understand, decide, and act on complex information streams and diverse sources has never been more important. AI, computer vision and natural language processing are technologies that we hope to exploit over the next three to five years in conjunction with the Army.”

Fundamentally, data analytics is a tool for gaining valuable insights and expediting the delivery of outcomes. The goal of the two parties’ partnership, concludes Crawford, will be to reach the point where both access to data and decision-making can be performed qualitatively and in real-time.

“SAS is absolutely delighted to have this relationship with the British Army, and across the MOD. It’s a great privilege to be part of the armed forces covenant.”


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