Since 1976, National Instruments has equipped engineers and scientists with automated test equipment and virtual instrumentation software solutions that accelerate productivity, innovation, and time to market. Its open, graphical programming software and modular hardware provide an integrated platform that facilitates development of any system that requires measurement and control.
The company has 10,000 diverse products and offices in more than 40 countries. Historically, National Instruments was a product-driven company that was often ahead of the curve. It recently looked to balance this approach with an expanded focus on understanding its customers and their needs. Accurate and timely business intelligence (BI) was essential to this effort.
National Instruments selected Oracle Exadata Database Machine, first and foremost, for its speed and performance. The company experienced exponential performance gains during a two-week proof of concept, in which ETL improved 6x to10x and reporting speed increased 10x to30x. The Oracle-to-Oracle migration would also facilitate the implementation and reduce total cost of IT ownership as the company and its IT team already had a strong Oracle skill set.
National Instruments deployed Oracle Exadata within four months of its delivery. Oracle Consulting provided initial configuration support, and the company completed the balance of the turnkey implementation using in-house resources.
National Instruments is using Oracle Exadata in its BI solution development and production environments. It is beginning to use Oracle’s auto parallel capability and expects to see 20x-to-25x ETL performance gains.