VLDB – We’ve Moved! Returning To Our Founder’s Roots

Myself and the rest of the Liverpool-based members of VLDB recently moved offices. This move represents a 30-year journey back to where I started. Allow me to explain… ‘Back in the day’ there were two main employers in Old Hall St, the centre of Liverpool’s CBD: Royal Insurance (‘The Royal’) …

Analytical Maturity Models – Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence

According to a recent Gartner study (Dec ’18), “87% of organisations have low BI and analytics maturity” (Source- ‘Low Bi and Analytical Maturity’) On first impressions, this sounds like ‘shots fired’ by Gartner. So, what can they mean by ‘low BI and analytics maturity’, and can this possibly be true? …

Teradata Aster

Teradata Aster Yours truly spent a couple of hours recently at the Teradata Aster Manchester office with Vic Winch, Direcor of the Teradata Aster COE, EMEA. Vic kindly offered to bring VLDB up to speed on all things Teradata Aster. We love a good geek-off, so how could we possibly …

Amazon Redshift Initial Thoughts

Amazon Redshift As reported on El Reg and elsewhere, Amazon announced the general availability of ‘Redshift’ a few days ago: http://aws.amazon.com/redshift/ What is Amazon Redshift then? Redshift is a licensed version of the ParAccel Analytic Database (PADB) that Amazon has deployed on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) public cloud infrastructure. The …

Teradata User Group (TUG) – London, 14th November (1121114)

Teradata User Group (TUG) – London, 14th November 2012 Wednesday’s Teradata User Group (TUG) in London felt a bit like a reunion for anyone who’s ever worked at Lloyds in Manchester. They were out in droves – you know who you are – and it was great to catch up …

Cloudera Partnership

So, after 20 years of building applications on massively parallel processing (MPP) shared-nothing database architectures, we thought we’d better get in on this new fangled ‘big data’ bandwagon! As a result, VLDB Solutions has now partnered with Cloudera, the leading Apache Hadoop distributor that’s “changing the world one petabyte at …