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    Sheetz Selects Vectorwise for Data Analysis

    The software will assist with optimizing costs and managing growth for the c-store chain.

    ALTOONA, Pa. -- Sheetz Inc. selected Actian Corp.'s Vectorwise as its data analytics engine to optimize costs, maintain quality and provide a positive customer experience as its data volumes continue to increase.

    "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."

    Vectorwise allows Sheetz to expand its data analysis from one year's worth of data to two years, and manage its anticipated growth, which is expected to double over the next two to three years, according to the announcement. The analytics engine was launched in June 2010 by Actian, formerly Ingres Corp.

    "Sheetz is a long-term, valued customer [that] first adopted the Ingres database in the 1990s and is currently seeing the value of using multiple Actian products," said Actian CEO Steve Shine. "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."

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