A Pythian Fork

Posted in: Technical Track

Today marks my last day at Pythian. I have been at Pythian for almost three years. In those three years, Pythian’s already thriving MySQL practice has grown even more. I have worked with big and small clients alike, across many industries, managed a team of up to 4 DBAs, and learned a lot not just about MySQL, but what my goals are in general.

Though I am leaving, everything I said in the blog post I made when I announced I was coming to Pythian still holds true. Pythian is a challenging environment and one I would recommend to anyone who finds their current DBA environment boring that they should come to Pythian and experience what it is like to work here. I had lunch with Paul Vallee yesterday and we even discussed possible future collaborations (hence the title, a joke that I am “forking” off of Pythian).

So if it is so great, why am I leaving? It’s simple, really — Pythian is growing by leaps and bounds. I started when Pythian was about half the size it currently is. There is a lot of change happening within Pythian, and I believe it is very good change. However, I enjoyed the environment Pythian was when I started almost three years ago, and personally I am not ready to go with Pythian on the journey it is taking.

So where am I going next? For starters, I will take the month of August off paid work. I have an idea of where I might go for paid work in September, but you will have to watch Planet MySQL for the announcement. During August I will be doing some conference planning and organizing, for OpenSQLCamp in Boston in October first, and then for conferences in 2011. I will also be moving apartments, which is a big task. And I will be focusing on some personal goals, such as spending more time with my husband and becoming more active.

I am excited about having a month off, even though I have a lot to work on in that month.

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7 Comments. Leave new

Baron Schwartz
July 30, 2010 1:33 pm

I’m sure your colleagues and customers are sad to say goodbye, but it sounds like you have exciting things in your future. Good luck and smooth sailing!

Bradd Piontek
July 30, 2010 3:38 pm

Good luck with your future endeavors, Sheeri. you always know where you can find me :)

Frank Mashraqi
July 30, 2010 8:10 pm

Good luck Sheeri! Wishing you best of luck and can’t wait to hear about your new engagement.



Have an good vacation (a month is actually very short…) and good luck with your next adventure.


Good Luck for you feature endeavors…Sheeri.

Roland Bouman
July 31, 2010 5:05 pm

Hi Sheeri!

I wish you a great time ahead in the new job :)

kind regards,



Hi Sheeri, I was torn if I should vote “thumbs up” or “thumbs down” for this post on Planet MySQL. A thumbs down, because I am sure that you will be dearly missed at Pythian. A thumbs up for wishing you all the best for your next venture and the hope that you will stay active in the MySQL community/ecosystem. I picked the thumbs up option :)

Cheers and all the best!


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