Leaders lead, and innovation never stops – especially when one is setting the standard for others in the industry to follow. I’m talking about Teradata helping companies in their path to the cloud for analytics, of course, and I’d like to share a few examples of customer success.
The following five enterprise-class organizations are using Teradata technology to run millions of queries per day in production-level, advanced analytic systems in the cloud. These customers’ words say it all and are worth reading; in alphabetical order, they are:
Arcos Dorados owns, operates and franchises McDonald’s Corp. (MCD) in South and Central America, and in the Caribbean. To drive better decision-making across the business, Arcos Dorados used Teradata to move to the cloud – upgrading its technological platform while reducing costs and seeing significant gains in scalability and agility.
“One of the biggest benefits in moving to Teradata IntelliCloud has been enabling our IT team to stop worrying about the data platform and its underlying infrastructure, and instead refocus on higher-value tasks that drive better and more innovative business decisions,” says Patricio Crowley, Manager for Corporate IT Applications and Technology for Arcos Dorados.
Monsanto is a global, modern agriculture company that develops solutions to help farmers around the world grow crops while using energy, water, and land more efficiently. Its strategy is to move more applications to the cloud, including the transfer of certain production analytics to Teradata IntelliCloud for AWS, which maintained the analytic scalability and elasticity the business has relied on in the past.
“The cloud offers so many advantages – shorter build times, more complete administration in terms of backups and upgrades, a broader range of software options, and the ability to scale the platform to meet unpredictable workloads – and we really saw those benefits come to life following our successful experience with Teradata IntelliCloud,” says Troy Crites, Database Platform Architect at Monsanto.
Silverton Casino Hotel in Las Vegas is a contemporary luxury lodge-themed resort that requires access to its data and analytics 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The company leveraged Teradata’s cloud expertise to expand its business insights and improve uptime, ensuring that users had access to critical data nearly 100 percent of the time.
“We chose Teradata because of the company’s strong experience and track record in the hospitality industry and we are delighted that our move to the cloud was not only cost-effective, it has already resulted in extract, transform, load (ETL) task performance improvements of 30 percent,” says Kirk Golding, Senior Vice President of IT and Special Projects for Silverton Casino.
Ticketmaster is the global market leader in live event ticketing that drives 500 million ticket transactions per year. Through exclusive partnerships with thousands of venues, artists, sports leagues, and arts and theater tours, Ticketmaster delivers unparalleled access to the most iconic live events to millions of fans worldwide.
“Teradata IntelliCloud has allowed us to manage costs, avoid a costly capital expenditure, and focus more on value-add tasks rather than system maintenance and management,” says Shawn Moon, Director, Database Solutions at Ticketmaster Entertainment.
Vizient is the largest member-driven healthcare performance improvement company in the United States, connecting its member hospitals with the knowledge, solutions, and expertise that helps them achieve their goals for delivering efficient patient care and quality outcomes. Working with Teradata allowed Vizient to seamlessly move to the cloud and avoid a large capital expense while gaining world-class customer service.
“We need to ensure our data is reliable, available, and maintainable, and that our platform supports these demands. This becomes even more important as our company moves further into predictive analytics and machine learning. With Teradata IntelliCloud, we know we can scale our database footprint as, and when, we need it. The support we have received from Teradata has been incredible, and the service team is 100 percent dedicated to our success,” says Andy DeShong, Senior Vice President of Applications Development at Vizient, Inc.
Pretty impressive, right? You bet it is, but at the same time remember this: right now, companies all over the globe are pursuing their own paths to the cloud on their own timelines, all the while using Teradata software for analytics – some leveraging Amazon Web Services, some aligning with Microsoft Azure, some tapping into their own virtualized infrastructure, and some harnessing Teradata Hardware. Regardless of the underlying resources, it’s the same powerful, portable Teradata software across the board. Now THAT is leading by example.
I’ll wrap up with this comment from my colleague Tim Henry, Senior Vice President of Strategic Offering Management at Teradata, which sums things up nicely: “Helping customers overcome the barriers to enterprise analytics in the cloud is central to our approach and is supported by our multiple deployment options and portable subscription pricing. Arguably the most significant factor for a modern organization looking to maximize its competitive advantage is in what they can accomplish with powerful and sophisticated advanced analytics. We provide this capability with the Teradata Analytics Platform and it’s clear that no other company can deliver a path to secure, high-performing, always-on analytics in the cloud at scale like Teradata can.”
Brian Wood is director of cloud marketing at Teradata. He has over 15 years' experience leading all areas of technology marketing in cloud, wireless, IT, software, and data analytics. He earned an MS in Engineering Management from Stanford, a BS in Electrical Engineering from Cornell, and served as an F-14 Radar Intercept Officer in the US Navy.
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