Throughout the changes of three decades, Teradata has remained a steadfast presence in the data world, with a large and loyal following. Spun from a research program at the California Institute of Technology, Teradata launched itself from a Brentwood, California, garage in 1976 on $150,000 of seed capital. Three years later, the company incorporated, began to grow and kept growing even as thousands of companies collapsed during the technology bubble. Built on an industrial-strength database and massively parallel processing (MPP) that remains an industry standard, Teradata became synonymous with big iron and big data. Twenty-six years after incorporation, Teradata is now a $1.5 billion company that resembles its old self - and then again doesn't. Currently aimed more at the software sector, Teradata has augmented an ongoing emphasis on enterprise data warehouse (EDW) decision engines with a newer focus on analytics. DM Review Editorial Director Jim Ericson recently spoke with chief technology officer Stephen Brobst and senior vice president and general manager Mike Koehler for an update on the company's strategy and direction.
DMR: Teradata always seems to have a steady stream of big customer announcements, but is the market for traditional data warehousing becoming saturated?
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