ATB Financial is Alberta’s largest home-grown financial institution, and prides itself on its customer obsession, putting the over 750,000 Albertans across at the centre of all that they do. As a result, ATB is constantly transforming in order to ensure it can continue to deliver unparalleled value to Albertans.
ATB Financial realized the need to build an enterprise data delivery platform that would enable transparent data ownership for trusted, structured, organized and centralized data operations. The company sought a data management platform that would allow its enterprise to handle greater data variety, velocity and volume in a cost-effective manner.
The company is utilizing Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) for secure data management and Hortonworks DataFlow (HDF) for ingestion into its data delivery platform. ATB Financial also now runs 40 nodes of HDP on its’ Google Cloud Platform (GCP) — as well as an HDF cluster — as an ingest framework to shift data from an on-premises data warehouse into its HDP cloud cluster for storage and processing.
Undergoing this transformation has helped to significantly reduce data analytics processing time with smaller jobs; for example, some workloads that took as long as 10 minutes to run now take less than a minute — reducing the time to value for big data analytics by 90 percent. ATB Financial is also the first to use SAS Viya to interface between SAS tools and HDP. This has increased operational efficiencies significantly because now teams are able to leverage data much more quickly than before, leading to faster and more informed decision making.