Pythian Named to Prestigious Profit 200 Ranking

OTTAWA, Canada (June 2, 2011)

Ottawa-based The Pythian Group Inc. has been named to the 23rd annual PROFIT 200 ranking of Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies by Profit Magazine. Pythian is a leading provider of database infrastructure and application services and a Platinum Specialized member of the Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN).

With a 247 per cent increase in sales between 2005 and 2010, Pythian was ranked 171st on the PROFIT 200 list. Ranking Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies by five-year revenue growth, the PROFIT 200 profiles the country’s most successful growth companies. Published in the Summer issue of PROFIT and online at, the PROFIT 200 is Canada’s largest annual celebration of entrepreneurial achievement. This is Pythian’s second year ranked in the top 200.

“We are honoured to once again be recognized as one of the fastest growing Canadian companies, and acknowledged as a trailblazer and innovator. PROFIT 200 companies are considered the most dynamic and exciting organizations in Canada, and it’s a great feeling to be counted among them,” says Andrew Waitman, Pythian CEO.

Pythian is a trusted global provider of industry-leading data planning, deployment and management services for organizations that rely heavily on data as part of their core operations. The company has grown rapidly with the increase in demand for its services; it has increased its work force by 18 per cent as it continues to recruit and hire the world’s most talented database and systems administration experts in support of more than 150 customers worldwide—small and large enterprises such as Western Union.

Pythian’s growth has spurred the company’s recent expansion into the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). With a growing base of Toronto clients Pythian’s physical expansion into the GTA was a natural step.

“Toronto is a largely underserved market,” Waitman says. “We’re seeing increased need for expert Oracle, MySQL and SQL Server consulting and ongoing operational support services in a whole range of sectors including finance, information services, online media and entertainment, and healthcare. It’s a great opportunity to put our expertise to work in a high-growth region with a large pool of DBA talent—right in our backyard.”

The appointment of Colin Thompson—a former Oracle executive with an impressive sales record—as Director of Sales further strengthens Pythian’s partnership with Oracle.

“Colin brings significant value to our regional clients and Oracle field relationships,” says Keith Millar, Pythian’s VP Sales. “We will be better able to expand our reach and serve customers in response to rising demand for Oracle Exadata, Oracle Golden Gate and Oracle E-business Suite expertise.” Other high-demand services include Internet scale operational support for MySQL and Microsoft SQL Server replication.

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About Pythian
Pythian is a global database and application infrastructure services company for Oracle, MySQL and SQL Server. Since 1997, companies have entrusted Pythian to keep their database infrastructures running efficiently and to help them strategically align their IT and business goals. Pythian’s unparalleled DBA skills, mature methodologies, best practices and tools enable clients to do more with fewer resources. Pythian’s corporate headquarters is in Ottawa Canada, with offices worldwide. To find out more visit

About PROFIT Magazine
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