Non-Tech Articles

Effective Customer Communications

How well do you communicate with your customers? Are you listening, does your customer hear what you are saying? Every day we interact with our customers, team mates, colleagues and managers. Is your message getting delivered? 1. Actively listen. It is easy to be on a call, but no one can see you “nod”. Make…

SQL Server Risk Assessment – The PMP Way

Recently I had a chance to speak with my friend and colleague, Ashish Sharma. We were discussing Project Management topics (he recently passed PMP and ACP). Our discussion ended on a very interesting topic – RISK Assessment. Definition: According to PMBOK, projects can have unforeseen events or activities that can impact the project’s progress, result,…

Not so good news for MCM Aspirants

A few days back, late Friday (30th August 2013) MS has made an announcement – that they are cancelling the MCM Certification, not so good news for MCM aspirants. This announcement has upset many in the SQL Community including myself. I had my own reasons, and beliefs about not attending any of the certification exam…

Dear Abbey: “I Want to Write a Technology Book”

On September 27 2013, Oracle Database 12c: Install, Configure & Maintain Like a Professional from Oracle Press is hitting the streets. This is the work of four seasoned Oracle database authors including yours truly. With contributing author work having been handled by Marc Fielding, Fahd Mirza, and Michael McKee, this brings to four the number of…

Training from a MySQL DBA’s Perspective

I’ve been pondering the next step in my training path; what do I want to learn or improve upon? You see, here at Pythian we’re encouraged to be the masters of our own progress. If you’re ever lucky enough to be on my side of the Pythian fence, you will see that there are provisions…

Pythian’s Third Annual Geek Pride Day

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The day has arrived, and it’s probably one of our favorite days at Pythian – Geek Pride Day! Since May 25 (the “official” day according to Wikipedia) falls on Saturday, we celebrated it a day early so everyone could participate. For the third year in a row, our 250+ global Pythianites have had the opportunity…

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