Actian forges IaaS links to bridge data silos

Actian is the data and analytics division of HCLSoftware.

HCLSoftware itself is a Texas-headquartered cloud-native company that styles itself as a so-cal;ed ‘solution factory’ for enterprise software – the company claims to powers ‘millions of apps’ at more than 20,000 organisations.

Now officially relaunching as Actian Data Platform (the technology formerly known as Avalanche), Actian is known for its hybrid Integration-as-a-Service (IaaS) capabilities. 

The platform itself has been built to unify analytics, transactional database services, data integration, data preparation and data quality and cloud data warehouse capabilities in an one platform. 

It manages data from any public cloud, multi/hybrid cloud and on-premises environments through – wait for it… you know somebody is going to use the glass expression, ah there it is – a single pane of glass.

Bridge data silos

In terms of use, Actian IaaS is wrapped in a new user interface and the platform’s API-first integration capabilities allow users to bring data from a wide variety of sources into the platform to ‘bridge data silos’ and ‘streamline data workflows’ effortlessly. 

“The Actian Data Platform provides businesses with self-service data integration that lowers costs and addresses multiple use cases without needing multiple products,” said Emma McGrattan, senior vice president of engineering at Actian. “We simplify the delivery of real-time analytics and insights that businesses can both trust and use to act quickly.”

The platform’s integration capabilities and data quality services are a set of tools for data management and data preparation. They include the ability to connect data sources – businesses can integrate and transform their data from wide sources by building or using existing APIs via drag and drop blocks for self-service, removing the need to use intricate programming or coding language.

Actian can connect to multiple applications – users can create connections to applications offering a REST or SOAP API and use these connections to create reusable business data integrations, application integrations and manage API connections between cloud and local applications.

With no-code, low-code and pro-code integration and transformation options, the platform broadens usability across the business. The ease-of-use reduces reliance on database and cloud deployment experts and quickens application delivery time.

Isolate data inconsistencies

Simplified data profiling provides the ability to profile data to identify data characteristics, data anomalies, assess data quality and determine data preparation needs for standardisation.  There is also the ability to improve data quality and track data quality over time and apply rules to existing integrations to quickly identify and isolate data inconsistencies.

The Actian Data Platform supports the rise of advanced use cases like Generative AI by automating time-consuming data preparation tasks, such as data aggregation, handling missing values and standardizing data from various sources. Actian’s ability to enable AI-ready data gives customers confidence in the data they use to train AI models effectively and explore new opportunities in our fast-paced Digital+ economy.

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