Among the challenges Wolters Kluwer Healthcare Analytics was experiencing with its previous data warehouse solution was an inability to complete large database queries in an acceptable timeframe, increasing maintenance fees and the need to hire more database administrators to fine-tune the system to achieve tangible results.
"It became clear that we needed to make a change. Our existing solution was not keeping up with our growing business demands, nor was it putting us in a position to accommodate new business", stated Emory Heisler, VP, Global Information Technology Services, Wolters Kluwer Health. "We needed to break the cycle of more data, more requirements, more money and the answer was Netezza."
The Netezza Performance Server (NPS) data warehouse appliance replaced the old system's server, operating system, database and disk storage systems and became the core component of a new Grid processing environment that can scale to meet the needs of thousands of concurrent users, while also quickly analysing and segmenting data at unprecedented speeds.
The NPS-powered Grid system is able to run more efficiently and process more than 40 queries that were not previously executable. Time-sensitive sales information requests went from days to minutes and administration was reduced significantly - a testament to the appliance's ability to provide immediate business impact.
"Our traditional data warehouse environment made it incredibly difficult to scale on an as-needed basis, both in terms of timing and cost. We were constantly wrestling with purchasing decisions and capacity concerns", added Emory Heisler. "By selecting the Netezza data warehouse appliance, we are able to meet the current and future needs of our business and make the important shift from being an infrastructure-oriented company to a customer-focused company."
"We are thrilled that leading companies are using the Netezza data warehouse appliance to revolutionize the way they conduct business", stated Jit Saxena, CEO and co-founder of Netezza. "Innovative companies like Wolters Kluwer Health understand that to grow in today's business environment and stay ahead of their customers, they need to look beyond traditional approaches to data warehousing. With the Netezza appliance, companies across the globe are experiencing a dramatic shift in the economics of data warehousing."
The Netezza Performance Server system is the market-leading data warehouse appliance built specifically to analyse terabytes of detailed data 10 to 100 times faster than existing data warehouse options, at half the cost. The NPS system stores, filters and processes terabytes of records within a single unit, analysing only the relevant information for each query. Netezza has placed the CPU power next to the data, allowing the NPS system to speed through processes that would occupy most data warehouse systems for hours, or even days, thereby enabling dramatic increases in productivity across the organisation.
Customers who have recognized the benefits of Netezza's approach include Ahold, Amazon.com, Cingular Wireless, CNET Networks, Debenhams, Department of Veterans Affairs, Epsilon, Orange UK, Premier Inc., Ryder System Inc., Shoppers Drug Mart Corporation, The Carphone Warehouse and The TJX Companies.
Wolters Kluwer Health, Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, a division of Wolters Kluwer, is a provider of information for professionals and students in medicine, nursing, allied health, pharmacy and the pharmaceutical industry. Major brands include traditional publishers of medical and drug reference tools and textbooks, such as Lippincott Williams & Wilkins and Facts & Comparisons; electronic information providers, such as Ovid Technologies, Medi-Span and ProVation; and pharmaceutical information providers Adis International and Source.
Netezza, the global data warehouse appliance market expert, enables enterprises to make all of their data actionable - quickly, simply and affordably. The Netezza Performance Server family of products delivers breakthrough performance, unmatched ease of deployment and operation, and innovative flexibility and scalability at a fraction of the cost of traditional data warehouse solutions. By architecturally integrating database, server and storage within a single appliance, the NPS system delivers 10 to 100 times the performance at half the cost of existing systems.
Based in Framingham, Massachusetts, Netezza has offices in Washington, DC, the United Kingdom and the Asia Pacific region. The Company is backed by leading venture capital firms, including Matrix Partners, Charles River Ventures, Battery Ventures, Orange, Sequoia Capital and Meritech Capital Partners. More company news is available in the VMW November 2003 article Netezza debuts biology-aware data warehouse for era of genomic medicine.