Dana Gardner, president and principal analyst for Interarbor Solutions, recently conducted a podcast with Barry Ralston, assistant vice president for data management, of Infinity Insurance Companies, an HP Vertica customer. Infinity Insurance is a Top 50 property and casualty insurance company based in Birmingham, Alabama, and they are using the HP Vertica Analytics Platform for their business intelligence and analytics programs.
In a story written for ZDNet, Dana shares some of the highlights from his podcast. Here are a few key quotes from Barry from the podcast that were shown in the ZDNet story:
“We specifically chose Vertica to achieve higher productivity and to allow us to focus on optimizing queries and extracting value out of the data.”
“We took the top 12 worst-performing queries or longest-running queries from the Exadata implementation, and not one of the proof of concept queries ran less than 100 times faster. It was an easy decision to make in terms of the analytic workload, versus trying to use the Oracle row-store technology.”
“In short, in leveraging Vertica, the underlying architecture allows me to create a playfield, if you will, for business analysts.”
Infinity Insurance is deriving a true competitive advantage from their ongoing analysis of data. If you would like, you can listen to the full podcast or subscribe on iTunes. Or, you can read a full transcript or download a copy of the transcript.