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Actian: Rationalizing a Diverse Suite of Data-Centric Technologies

An Intellyx Brain Candy Brief

Venture buyout firm Garnett & Helfrich Capital acquired venerable database vendor Ingres after CA Technologies spun it off in 2005. After Ingres acquired Vectorwise (home of the Vector analytic database) in 2010, Garnett & Helfrich dubbed the vendor Actian.

It subsequently acquired object database vendor Versant 2012, Pervasive Software (home of embedded database PSQL) and ParAccel (known for its columnar database technology that underlies Amazon RedShift), the latter two in 2013.

Today, Actian faces a massive rebranding and product rationalization effort. It has renamed most of its products, and it’s well on its way to implementing a cloud control backplane based on DataCloud, its data integration product (from Pervasive) which integrates many of its products.

In the shorter term, Actian has been incorporating technology from some of its products into others in order to improve capabilities and performance. For example, Actian X is a combination of the Ingres transactional database and the Vector analytic database, along with integration from the DataCloud product and a monitoring tool as well.

Copyright © Intellyx LLC. Intellyx publishes the Agile Digital Transformation Roadmap poster, advises companies on their digital transformation initiatives, and helps vendors communicate their agility stories. As of the time of writing, none of the organizations mentioned in this article are Intellyx customers. To be considered for a Brain Candy article, email us at pr@intellyx.com.

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Jason Bloomberg is the leading expert on architecting agility for the enterprise. As president of Intellyx, Mr. Bloomberg brings his years of thought leadership in the areas of Cloud Computing, Enterprise Architecture, and Service-Oriented Architecture to a global clientele of business executives, architects, software vendors, and Cloud service providers looking to achieve technology-enabled business agility across their organizations and for their customers. His latest book, The Agile Architecture Revolution (John Wiley & Sons, 2013), sets the stage for Mr. Bloomberg’s groundbreaking Agile Architecture vision.

Mr. Bloomberg is perhaps best known for his twelve years at ZapThink, where he created and delivered the Licensed ZapThink Architect (LZA) SOA course and associated credential, certifying over 1,700 professionals worldwide. He is one of the original Managing Partners of ZapThink LLC, the leading SOA advisory and analysis firm, which was acquired by Dovel Technologies in 2011. He now runs the successor to the LZA program, the Bloomberg Agile Architecture Course, around the world.

Mr. Bloomberg is a frequent conference speaker and prolific writer. He has published over 500 articles, spoken at over 300 conferences, Webinars, and other events, and has been quoted in the press over 1,400 times as the leading expert on agile approaches to architecture in the enterprise.

Mr. Bloomberg’s previous book, Service Orient or Be Doomed! How Service Orientation Will Change Your Business (John Wiley & Sons, 2006, coauthored with Ron Schmelzer), is recognized as the leading business book on Service Orientation. He also co-authored the books XML and Web Services Unleashed (SAMS Publishing, 2002), and Web Page Scripting Techniques (Hayden Books, 1996).

Prior to ZapThink, Mr. Bloomberg built a diverse background in eBusiness technology management and industry analysis, including serving as a senior analyst in IDC’s eBusiness Advisory group, as well as holding eBusiness management positions at USWeb/CKS (later marchFIRST) and WaveBend Solutions (now Hitachi Consulting).