Business Insights
Business Insights

Is the DBA Career Dead?

January 28, 2016

Felipe Ferreira, Pythian Database Expert and Microsoft MVP, explains how embracing the cloud as an emerging technology doesn’t necessarily mean the end of the DBA role.

How do you define IT innovation?

January 27, 2016

Find out how the experts answered at Pythian’s Velocity of Innovation event in San Francisco Once again, I had the pleasure of moderating another Velocity of Innovation event this past November in San Francisco. Both panelists and guests brought with them…

What is Big Data and Do You Really Need it?

December 16, 2015

Are you interested in transforming your business potential, but stuck asking the same old question, “What is Big Data? Pythian’s CTO and Oracle Ace, Alex Gorbachev, explains everything you need to know.

What’s the Ratio of Your Marketing Budget to Cyber Security Budget?

November 22, 2015

Here are three top tips to ensure you’re investing wisely in cyber security, and protecting your brand’s good name.

US-EU Safe Harbor Framework Invalidated – It’s time to Love Your Data!

November 13, 2015

Pythian has been closely following the developments in the EU relating to the invalidation of the US-EU Safe Harbor Framework. Find out how to mitigate risks to your data.

Does your business need to become data-driven?

November 1, 2015

This summer I had the pleasure of moderating panel discussion that brought some of IT’s most innovative thought leaders together with some of North America’s top CIOs. This is the second in our series of posts that outline the discussions that took place at our Velocity of Innovation event this summer in New York. This post concentrates on a discussion about the importance of data as a driver of success.

Pythian More Innovative Than GE?

October 27, 2015

  GE is known as an innovative company and according to Forbes is one of the worlds most valuable brands. Late summer they made headlines with the announcement that they were retiring performance management reviews. No big deal? Think again….

When it comes to Black Friday’s online rush, even we Brits don’t want to queue

October 9, 2015

Black Friday is a pretty new concept in the UK. Traditionally, an American post-Thanksgiving shopping day, it has recently gained popularity in the UK. It really took off last year and defined the start of what I heard being called the Golden Quarter – from November through to the end of January – when retailers will make 40-50 percent of their annual sales.

Pythian’s Velocity of Innovation Event Gives Attendees a View Into the Future of IT

October 2, 2015

When three of the most respected information technology thought leaders came together with 20 of North America’s top CIOs for an hour and a half in New York City this summer, the result was a compelling discussion about the future of IT.

Meet Pythian at AWS re:Invent 2015

September 24, 2015

Pythian will be heading to the sold-out AWS re:Invent 2015 conference on October 6-9 at The Venetian in Las Vegas! This event is the largest gathering of the AWS community with hundreds of technical sessions designed to help you refine your cloud strategy, improve developer productivity, increase application performance and security, and reduce infrastructure costs.

You work for a software company. You don’t? Think again.

September 1, 2015

No matter your industry, you must continually innovate and differentiate with software. Smart companies think like startups and use software to stay ahead.

Are you ready to be a private cloud service provider?

August 20, 2015

When defining what a cloud service is, we need to know that it is not a technology per se, but its an architectural and operational paradigm. It is a self-service computing environment offering the ability to create, consume, and pay for services….

Why Move to Cassandra?

July 30, 2015

Have you asked yourself, “why move to Cassandra?”. Pythian expert, Carlos Rolo, provides an analysis of why you should be the next one to move to Cassandra.

DevOps: Applied Empathy

July 20, 2015

Aaron Lee assesses the human side of motivations in business and how this impacts the success in programs of change. Find out how DevOps can help.

Pythian Introduces Cassandra Consulting & Operational Support

July 7, 2015

Pythian now offers new services to address the needs of customers considering or deploying Apache Cassandra. Find out how we can help you with Cassandra.

Ever Wondered How Pythian is Kind of Like a Fire Truck?

April 14, 2015

This blog provides an analogy between two industries that depend on reliability and time-sensitivity. This is how Pythian strives to love your data.

Cassandra 101 : Understanding What Cassandra Is

March 16, 2015

Want to understand the basics of Cassandra and how it works? Pythian data expert Rene Antunez explains…

Watch: Hadoop vs. HBase

December 8, 2014

Every data platform has its value, and deciding which one will work best for your big data objectives can be tricky—Alex Gorbachev, Oracle ACE Director, Cloudera Champion of Big Data, and Chief Technology Officer at Pythian, has recorded a series…

Watch: Hadoop vs. Cassandra

December 1, 2014

Every data platform has its value, and deciding which one will work best for your big data objectives can be tricky—Alex Gorbachev, Oracle ACE Director, Cloudera Champion of Big Data, and Chief Technology Officer at Pythian, has recorded a series…

Watch: Hadoop vs. Oracle Exadata

November 24, 2014

Every data platform has its value, and deciding which one will work best for your big data objectives can be tricky—Alex Gorbachev, Oracle ACE Director, Cloudera Champion of Big Data, and Chief Technology Officer at Pythian, has recorded a series…

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Technical Track
Technical Track

Log Buffer #459: A Carnival of the Vanities for DBAs

February 8, 2016

This Log Buffer Edition arranges few tips and tricks from the blogs of Oracle, SQL Server and MySQL.

SQL On The Edge #8 – SQL Server Mobile Report Publisher

February 5, 2016

One of the cool things about SQL Server is that it comes bundled with all the Business Intelligence services with the core database engine license. Reporting Services (which includes the Mobile Report Publisher), Analysis Services, and Integration Services are all…

Network multicast support on Azure

February 4, 2016

Gleb Otochkin, Principal Consultant and Oracle Certified Expert at Pythian, discusses network multicast support on Azure, and how to make it work. If you’re think about building a training environment with Oracle RAC on Azure, be sure to read this post.

An UNDO in a PDB in Oracle 12c?

February 4, 2016

Fred Denis, Pythian Oracle Database Expert, challenges the idea that there can be only one UNDO tablespace in a multi-tenant architecture.

Expert Insights: Oracle NET Troubleshooting for DBAs

February 4, 2016

Jared Still, Pythian Principle Consultant and Oracle ACE, outlines the difficulties associated with troubleshooting connectivity issues when dealing with Oracle and provides tips on how to overcome them.

RHEL vs OEL: Back in The Cold War?

February 4, 2016

Stefan Knecht discusses OEL and RHEL and the need to find clarity on reoccurring issues.

Log Buffer #458: A Carnival of the Vanities for DBAs

February 1, 2016

This Log Buffer Edition covers various useful tips and tricks from blogs for Oracle, SQL Server and MySQL.

SQL Server Cumulative Update changes

January 27, 2016

Felipe Ferreira, Pythian Database Consultant and Microsoft MVP, discusses a shift in the Cumulative Update message sent by Microsoft. See more at: http://www.pythian.com/blog/sql-server-cumulative-update-changes/

Hybrid Databases: Key to Your Success

January 25, 2016

Christo Kutrovsky, ATCG Principal Consultant and Oracle ACE at Pythian, discusses the importance of hybrid databases, their challenges, and choosing the right database solution for your organization.

SQL On The Edge #7 – Azure Data Factory

January 21, 2016

Warner Chaves, Microsoft MVP and MCM, explains how organizations can learn to manage the rapid evolution of data, using the power of Data Integration.

How to Migrate from On-Premises to Azure SQL Database

January 15, 2016

Murilo Miranda, Pythian Database Expert and Microsoft MVP, discusses why you may want to know how to move your database from on-premises to Azure.

Issues with Oracle Secure External Password Stores

January 15, 2016

Simon Pane, Pythian Database Consultant, Illustrates how to properly lock-down and harden scripts that use Oracle Wallets and Secure External Password Stores (SEPS).

Securing Oracle Monitoring and Backup Scripts

January 15, 2016

Simon Pane, Pythian Database Consultant, demonstrates how to secure backups and monitoring scripts using an Oracle Wallet and Secure External Password Store.

Log Buffer #457: A Carnival of the Vanities for DBAs

January 15, 2016

Fahd Mirza, Pythian Database expert and Oracle ACE, brings the best parts of Oracle MySQL and SQL Server right to your doorstep in this week’s roundup.

Configure High Availability – Load Balancing for Hiveserver2

January 12, 2016

Manoj Kukreja, Pythian Big Data Consultant, provides you with the right steps to ensure that you have a smooth and available Hive system, performing under increased workloads.

Log Buffer #456: A Carnival of the Vanities for DBAs

January 12, 2016

Fahd Mirza, Pythian Database Consultant and Oracle ACE, provides you with a round-up of everything you need and need to know in the world of Oracle, MySQL and SQL Server blogs.

Use Case for SQL Server Table Partitioning

January 11, 2016

Michelle Gutzait, one of Pythian’s SQL Server Experts, offers some helpful use cases for those who have trouble deciding which tables they should partitioning or not.

Oracle RAC Scalability: Slides from Oracle OpenWorld 2015

January 8, 2016

Christo Kutrovsky revisits his OOW 2015 presentation and explores the type of challenges that come with scaling an application horizontally via Oracle RAC.

How to Deploy a Cluster

January 5, 2016

Zunaira Jamil, Pythian co-op student in our big data practice, walks you through her lessons learned and solutions when installing a cluster using Cloudera manager for the first time.

SQL Server 2016 – AlwaysOn Basic Availability Group

January 5, 2016

Hemantgiri S. Goswami, Pythian database expert and SQL Server MVP, discusses a new feature, Basic Availability Groups for AlwaysOn, found in SQL Server 2016

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Pythian Life
Pythian Life

My Virtual Internship with Pythian

January 28, 2016

Claudia Cornali-Motta, project management virtual intern, shares her experiences at Pythian, and her excitement around the Pythia Program.

Pythian – Through the Eyes of a CO-OP Student

January 11, 2016

Joseph Baroud, Human Resources co-op student at Pythian, provides the next wave of interns a candid perspective on what it’s like to experience the Pythian culture first hand.

Big Data Co-op Experience at Pythian

December 31, 2015

Zunaira Jamil, Pythian co-op student, describes her experiences while fulfilling her experience working with one of our Big Data teams and what she learned.

Good Habits & Gratitude

December 31, 2015

Heidi Hauver, VP of Human Resources, explains how you can unlock the power of gratitude by simply developing a good habit to record all the things you can be thankful for in 2016.

Pythian Champions Gender Diversity in Tech

November 18, 2015

  At Pythian, we embody and value diversity in every form—in our religion (or lack thereof), our geography, our culture, and of course the location we’ve chosen for our home.  We deeply believe that the best teams are diverse and…

Gotta Love English

October 21, 2015

  I do love to write, and have always enjoyed the idiosyncrasies of this wonderful language. One of my favourite features of English is how I struggle with the following items almost daily: I am doing a few things to…

Five Years, Five Top 5’s

October 4, 2015

  Five Years, Five Top 5’s On October 4th, 2010 I joined Pythian. At that time Human Resources (HR) was a team of one, supporting 90 employees in 13 countries. Five years later on October 4th 2015, HR is now…

Attending Tech Conferences

September 25, 2015

  Now that I am in management, and have been for some time, I have still been attending tech shows and presenting at them a few times a year. When I came back to Pythian in February 2011, we had…

My Sales Journey: #4

September 25, 2015

Let me start today with some great news! This week I got my first meeting….Woohoo! It happened in totally unexpected ways. It happened on Twitter. Of the dozens of calls and emails that I had been sending out it happened…

My Sales Journey: #3

September 18, 2015

This week started off with the last on boarding session with the CEO himself. It was my favorite for many reasons. It was passionate the way it can be when you build something from nothing with blood, sweat and tears and…

My Sales Journey: #2

September 11, 2015

It is Week 2 at Pythian and one thing that is becoming clear to me is that I am surrounded by people trying to create value for clients or be valuable themselves. The more we innovate and think about doing things in…

Sales: Eliminating the Status Quo

September 9, 2015

The Challenging Sale Working for Pythian as a sales person is challenging, exciting, rewarding, and challenging. “But Ben you said challenging twice!” It’s not an easy job (read: challenging) because we disrupt the status quo, bringing new value to our…

My Sales Journey: #1

September 8, 2015

I have been an entrepreneur my whole career. Always pushed towards or gravitated towards making business better. After having successfully sold my last venture and taking a pause I am starting a brand new journey in Sales and want to document it…

COLLABORATE16 IOUG – Call For Papers

September 3, 2015

There’s so many ways to proceed To get the knowledge you need One of the best Stands out from the rest COLLABORATE16 – indeed! Why not be part of the show By sharing the stuff that you know Got something…

Trust and confidence from Pythian

August 28, 2015

Recently I “inherited” some new responsibilities at work. It’s not the first time during my 11 or so of the last 16 years at Pythian. Throughout my employ at Pythian, I have been continually given new titles based on new…

So, What Kind of Person Are You?

July 6, 2015

It’s my not-so-humble opinion that it takes a special kind of ‘someone’ to work in a successful and innovative collective such as Pythian.  We’re a diverse team of thought-leaders, technology forecasters, technical prodigies and individual contributors.  When we look for…

My Co-op Experience at Pythian

March 20, 2015

Unlike most other engineering physics students at Carleton who prefer to remain within the limits of engineering, I had chosen to apply for a software developer co-op position at Pythian in 2014. For those of you who do not know much about the…

What it’s Like to Intern at Pythian

December 30, 2014

About eight months ago I started working as a Global Talent Acquisition Intern here at Pythian. It was my first co-op work placement, and my first experience in a professional work setting. I had never done anything like it before and…

Welcome to Blackbird.io Employees and Clients

June 26, 2014

Today, we announced that Pythian has entered into an agreement to acquire Blackbird.io, itself the result of a recent merger between PalominoDB and DriveDev. I want to start with a hearty welcome to the 40+ new esteemed collaborators joining our…

Working in Pythian’s Advanced Technology Consulting Group

June 23, 2014

Before I joined Pythian, I had the fortune of having a lot of good jobs across various industries. My favorite jobs were the ones that were fast paced and required me to ramp up my skills on the fly while…

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