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Teradata Corporation
TypePublic
Traded asNYSETDC
S&P 500 Component
IndustryData warehousing
Founded1979
HeadquartersMiami Township, Ohio
Key peopleMichael F. Koehler, President and CEO
ProductsIntegrated Data Warehouse Hardware and Software, Professional Services, Customer Services
Revenue$2.692 billion USD (2013)
Net income$303 million USD (2012)
Employees10,200 (January 2014)[1]
Websitewww.teradata.com
 
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Teradata Corporation
TypePublic
Traded asNYSETDC
S&P 500 Component
IndustryData warehousing
Founded1979
HeadquartersMiami Township, Ohio
Key peopleMichael F. Koehler, President and CEO
ProductsIntegrated Data Warehouse Hardware and Software, Professional Services, Customer Services
Revenue$2.692 billion USD (2013)
Net income$303 million USD (2012)
Employees10,200 (January 2014)[1]
Websitewww.teradata.com

Teradata Corporation is an American computer company that sells analytic data platforms, applications and related services. Its products are meant to consolidate data from different sources and make the data available for analysis. Formerly a division of NCR Corporation, Teradata was incorporated in 1979 and separated from NCR in October 2007.[2] Michael Koehler became president and CEO of Teradata after its 2007 spin off from NCR.[3] Teradata's headquarters is located in Miamisburg, Ohio.

Corporate Overview[edit]

Teradata is an enterprise software company that develops and sells a relational database management system (RDBMS) with the same name. Teradata is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) NYSE under the stock symbol TDC. [4]

The Teradata product is referred to as a "data warehouse system" and stores and manages data. The data warehouses use a "shared nothing" architecture which means that each server node has its own memory and processing power.[5] Adding more servers and nodes increases the amount of data that can be stored. The database software sits on top of the servers and spreads the workload among them.[6] Teradata sells applications and software to process different types of data. In 2010, Teradata added text analytics to track unstructured data, such as word processor documents, and semi-structured data, such as spreadsheets.[7]

Teradata's product can be used for business analysis. Data warehouses can track company data, such as sales, customer preferences, product placement, etc.[6]

Teradata has a supplier diversity program that designates a minimum of 3 to 5% of spending on minority, women, veteran, or small business vendors.[8]

In 2013, the Ethisphere Institute named Teradata as one of the "World's Most Ethical Companies."[9]

History[edit]

Timeline information taken from Teradata company history unless otherwise cited.[10]

Technology and products[edit]

Teradata is a massively parallel processing system running a shared nothing architecture.[39] Its technology consists of hardware, software, database, and consulting. The system moves data to a data warehouse where it can be recalled and analyzed.[40]

The systems can be used as back-up for one another during downtime, and in normal operation balance the work load across themselves.[41]

In 2009, Forrester Research issued a report, "The Forrester Wave: Enterprise Data Warehouse Platform," by James Kobielus,[42] rating Teradata the industry's number one enterprise data warehouse platform in the "Current Offering" category.

Marketing research company Gartner Group placed Teradata in the "leaders quadrant" in its 2009, 2010, and 2012 reports, "Magic Quadrant for Data Warehouse Database Management Systems".[43][44]

Teradata is the most popular data warehouse DBMS in the DB-Engines database ranking.[45]

In 2010, Teradata was listed in Fortune’s annual list of Most Admired Companies.[46]

Active enterprise data warehouse[edit]

Teradata Active Enterprise Data Warehouse is the platform that runs the Teradata Database, with added data management tools and data mining software.

The data warehouse differentiates between “hot and cold” data – meaning that the warehouse puts data that is not often used in a slower storage section.[47] As of October 2010, Teradata uses Xeon 5600 processors for the server nodes.[48]

Teradata Database 13.10 was announced in 2010 as the company’s database software for storing and processing data.[49][50]

Teradata Database 14 was sold as the upgrade to 13.10 in 2011 and runs multiple data warehouse workloads at the same time.[51] It includes column-store analyses.[52]

Teradata Integrated Analytics is a set of tools for data analysis that resides inside the data warehouse.[53]

Backup, archive, and restore[edit]

BAR is Teradata’s backup and recovery system.[54]

The Teradata Disaster Recovery Solution is automation and tools for data recovery and archiving. Customer data can be stored in an offsite recovery center.[55]

Platform family[edit]

Teradata Platform Family is a set of products that include the Teradata Data Warehouse, Database, and a set of analytic tools. The platform family is marketed as smaller and less expensive than the other Teradata solutions.[56]

Acquisitions[edit]

Acquisition dateCompanyValuation in millions USDPurposeReferences
May 2, 2012eCircleMarketing Tools
March 3, 2011Aster Data Systems263MapReduce, Big Data[57][58]
December 22, 2010Aprimo550Marketing tools[59][60]
August 10, 2010Kickfire[61]
March 20, 2008Claraview[62]
November 30, 2005 under NCRDecisionPointSourcing and integration of data[63]
July 14, 2000 under NCRStirling Douglas GroupDemand chain management[18]

Partners[edit]

Below is a partial list of Teradata partners.

Teradata Partners Conference[edit]

Teradata holds an annual user group conference and expo known as Teradata PARTNERS with keynote industry speakers, educational sessions led by customers and other vendors.[72] The Teradata Partners Conference has been an annual event since 1985.[73] The conference involves lectures and speeches on technical and business topics and announcements about new products.[74]

Teradata and Big Data[edit]

Teradata began to associate itself with the term, “Big Data” in 2010. CTO, Stephen Brobst, attributes the rise of big data to “new media sources, such as social media.”[75] The increase in semi-structured and unstructured data gathered from online interactions prompted Teradata to form the “Petabyte club” in 2011 for its heaviest big data users.[76]

The rise of big data resulted in many traditional data warehousing companies updating their products and technology.[77] For Teradata, big data prompted the acquisition of Aster Data Systems in 2011 for the company’s MapReduce capabilities and ability to store and analyze semi-structured data.[78]

Public interest in big data resulted in a 13% increase in Teradata’s global sales.[76]

Competition[edit]

Teradata's main competitors are similar products from vendors such as Oracle, IBM, Microsoft and Sybase IQ. Also, competitors include data warehouse appliance vendors such as Netezza[79] (acquired in November 2010 by IBM), DATAllegro (acquired in August 2008 by Microsoft), ParAccel, Greenplum (acquired in July 2010 by EMC), and Vertica Systems (acquired in February 2011 by HP), and from packaged data warehouse applications such as SAP and Kalido.

Philanthropy[edit]

In 2012, over 4500 employees completed over 15,000 hours of volunteerism. Since the launch of Teradata Cares in May 2008 more than over 46,000 hours of volunteerism have been completed.[80] Teradata Cares supports data philanthropy, youth science and technology education programs and established charities such as Junior Achievement and United Way.[81]

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