Catching up on the OpenBI Facebook page the other day, I came across a promo for a “Fast and Easy BI” Web seminar co-hosted by Pentaho and Actian. Further down the release, I saw reference to the analytic database Vectorwise and was confused. I was certain Vectorwise was the latest offering from Ingres, the ageless relational database vendor. Who the heck is Actian? I had to go online to get the scoop.

As a consultant at Oracle 25 years ago, I was well aware of Ingres, the relational database developed as a student project at UC Berkeley in the ‘70s. In the early to mid-‘80s Oracle and Ingres were the two most prominent vendors in the then nascent relational database market. In fact, many experts at the time preferred Ingres with its QUEL query language to Oracle and SQL. Guess who won that showdown?

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