Sheetz Acts on Actian Vectorwise

Published in CSP Daily News

Selects analytics engine that doubles down on data

ALTOONA, Pa. -- Sheetz Inc. has selected Vectorwise, a data analytics engine, to optimize costs, maintain quality and ensure a positive customer experience.

"Data growth is occurring at record rates," said Jarrid Magalich, technical services manager at Sheetz. "It's important for Sheetz to have a plan to manage this growth, maintain and improve current service levels--even with a growing user base--and reduce infrastructure costs wherever possible. Based on our experience so far, we are impressed with the results of Vectorwise and plan to investigate additional Actian products like its new Cloud Action Platform and Action Apps."

As data volumes continue to grow, Sheetz has recognized that switching from a more expensive platform to Vectorwise will save it money and present new opportunities to take action on "big data," the technology company said.

In order to meet consumer needs, Sheetz performs extensive analysis on numerous types of data from multiple. Actian's Vectorwise has enabled it to expand that analysis from one year of data to two years (approximately three billion rows), as well as manage its anticipated growth (expected to double over the next two to three years).

The initial project was to convert a character-based reporting application built in ABF (Applications by Forms) to use Vectorwise. The required application changes were minimal and the biggest technical changes related to "singleton inserts" (row-at-a-time data loading) and table storage structure (schema) definitions. Value is now being delivered using multiple products in the Actian portfolio.

"Sheetz is a long-term, valued customer which first adopted the Ingres database in the 1990s and is currently seeing the value of using multiple Actian products," said Steve Shine, CEO of Actian. "The next step is to supplement existing reports and dashboards using partner business intelligence tools. In the near future, Sheetz will have the opportunity to automate action to improve customer experience using Action Apps."

Redwood City, Calif.-based Actian Corp. (formerly Ingres Corp.) has unveiled a cloud development platform for building "Action Apps," lightweight consumer-style applications that automate business actions triggered by real-time changes in data.

Altoona, Pa.-based Sheetz is a family-owned c-store chain based in Pennsylvania with more than 406 locations across six states.