Big data specialist Actian has launched an initiative aimed at helping organisations get started with big data deployments by offering them assistance comprising blueprints, pre-defined workflows and on-site workshops tailored to their needs.
The Big Data 2.0 Clear Path Programme embodies best practices from Actian to enable organisations just starting out on with a big data project to be able to get closer to the bus outcomes that they are seeking, the firm said.
Dave Postle, head of Global Services and Customer Solutions at Actian, told V3: "We're kind of packaging up the expertise and some of the experience of the data scientists that Actian has in our centre of excellence, and making that more broadly accessible to people who don't have their own in-house data scientists on hand to be able to work that out from scratch. In that sense we're trying to simplify the process of adopting big data."
The Big Data 2.0 Clear Path Programme comprises three elements, according to Postle. Customers get blueprint diagrams, which give an overall plan view of what needs to be achieved; pre-built executable workflows that customers can use out of the box with their own data; and workshops with Actian data scientists.
The blueprints are effectively a diagrammatic representation of how to pull all the pieces together from connecting to data sources, to running analytics on it, through to feeding the results into operational systems to take action based on it.
Both the blueprints and the workflows are available free of charge from Actian, with customers paying for the on-site workshop, Postle said.
"The workshop will help the customer tailor the out-of-the box workflow to adapt to the specifics of what they are trying to achieve," he said. Consequently, the cost of these will be highly dependent on the exact customer requirements.
Meanwhile, the workflows are based around Actian's own Analytics Platform as the foundation for the solutions.
At launch, Actian is focusing on workflows based on customer analytics for businesses such as those in the retail sector, but will roll out others later in the year for the healthcare and the financial services sector, according to Postle.
Actian is also working with an ecosystem of partners and resellers in order to better meet the exact requirements of customers, he added, and these will be able to develop and publish their own blueprints.
"We don't presume that Actian alone has all the answers," he said.
Last month, Actian expanded its product line-up with the Actian Analytics Platform-Hadoop SQL Edition, a tool that enables organisations to use familiar SQL queries inside Hadoop data structures.
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