Business Insights
Business Insights

Six Tips to Help Managers Manage Remote Employees

June 27, 2017

In my tenure with Pythian of almost 10 years, as a remote employee and as a manager, I have a lot of experience managing remote employees, in different geographies and time zones. As a remote worker myself, I am very…

Top Trends in Data and IT and What They Mean for Your Business

June 21, 2017

Artificial intelligence, adopting lean practices in your innovation efforts, the future of BI and Blockchain were just some of the topics we heard about at Pythian’s recent Love Your Data Conference. This event brings together CIOs and IT Business leaders,…

Pythian Recognized as a Leader on the 2017 IAOP

June 20, 2017

IAOP recognizes Pythian as one of the world’s best outsourcing service providers with distinguishing honors for outstanding commitment to customer service   OTTAWA, ON June 20, 2017—Pythian, a global technology services company that helps businesses adopt disruptive technologies to better…

BBM Messenger Selects Pythian For Major Google Cloud Platform Migration

June 15, 2017

Ottawa, ON – June 15, 2017 – Pythian, a global IT services company that helps businesses adopt technologies to better compete, announced today that Creative Media Works, operating as BBM Messenger, has selected Pythian to help them move their mission-critical IT infrastructure for…

Autonomous RVs Will Disrupt the Airline Business

June 13, 2017

Autonomous RVs (which are coming soon) will disrupt the Airline business by providing a much better travel experience at a competitive price.

Realizing the Love Your Data Vision

May 31, 2017

A dispatch from the Love Your Data conference 2017, NY When we first came up with Pythian’s Love Your Data tagline years ago, it was emblematic of the core value we delivered to customers. We were well established as a…

Pythian Launches Analytics as a Service Offering

May 31, 2017

Kick AaaS breaks down data silos and unleashes the power of data New York, NY (Love Your Data Conference) – MAY 31, 2017 – Pythian, a global technology services company that helps businesses adopt disruptive technologies to better compete, today…

Is Your Data Warehouse Showing Its Age? It May Be Time to Modernize.

May 24, 2017

As technology evolves, it’s imperative for businesses to keep their data storage management methods up-to-date. The ultimate goal is to keep costs low while constantly improving scalability, supporting an increasing number of data types, and integrating enterprise data with external…

Join CEO Paul Vallée and Top Data Experts at Pythian’s Love Your Data Conference in NYC

May 3, 2017

Every year, leaders from every industry are presented with a buffet of conference opportunities to choose from. The pull to attend the biggest and shiniest is strong as event organizers lure potential attendees with swag bags, explosive branding and the…

Grow and Innovate Your Business with Powerful Analytics with Cassandra and Spark (Part 1)

April 19, 2017

Organizations are tapping into increasingly sophisticated analytics techniques to improve opportunities for growth, innovation and competitive advantage. Organizations are increasing the sophistication of their analytics strategies to improve opportunities for growth, innovation and to take a competitive advantage. The analytics…

Hadoop as Part of Your Big Data Strategy

April 6, 2017

If you’re thinking about moving from a traditional relational database management system (RDBMS), you should consider Apache™ Hadoop®—because your competitors probably are. According to Gartner, Hadoop joined the mainstream in 2016. And Allied Research says the Hadoop market will likely…

Protect Your Most Valuable Systems from Ransomware Attacks with These Three Tips

March 30, 2017

Recent ransomware security breaches have held many companies hostage for their data. These incidents have brought to light the importance of understanding how to mitigate these threats while protecting your most valuable systems. With the fresh sting of more than…

Pythian Achieves Google Cloud Platform Partner Specialization in Data Analytics

March 7, 2017

San Francisco, CA (Google NEXT) – March 7, 2017 – Pythian, a 400-person global IT services company that helps businesses adopt disruptive technologies to better compete, announced today that it has achieved the newly announced Google Cloud Partner Specialization in…

Top 5 Things You Can Do to Survive a Cloud Outage Unscathed

March 2, 2017

There are very few of us who aren’t impacted when major cloud service providers experience failures. Either our productivity is affected when cloud-based business tools go down, or we are inconvenienced when consumer services like video or music streaming are…

Pythian Achieves Google Cloud Premier Partner Status

March 2, 2017

Pythian to showcase cloud-based analytics and data solutions at Google NEXT Ottawa, ON – March 2, 2017 – Pythian, a 400-person global technology services company that helps businesses adopt disruptive technologies to better compete, announced today that it has achieved…

5 key skills you should expect from your DBA team in the era of cloud

February 21, 2017

Do businesses have the right skills and expertise internally to take full advantage of both the tactical and strategic benefits of the cloud? To help you determine what skills are needed on your team, we’ve developed a list of 5 key skills of modern DBAs in the era of cloud. And for a complete picture of what cloud means for your DBA team, Warner Chaves, one of Pythian’s principal consultants, has written a white paper outlining how database management is different in the cloud, and the key skills the modern DBA must have.

Four Tips for Migrating Your Enterprise Applications to AWS

January 4, 2017

Learn our four tips for migrating your enterprise applications to a cloud platform like AWS.

Pythian’s Top Five Business Blogs of 2016

December 28, 2016

From upgrades and cloud migration to Pokémon Go and the modern DBA role, Pythian bloggers had plenty on their minds in 2016. Sit back and enjoy these top performing posts from our business blog, and let us know what you’d like…

LISA16 Conference Highlights: Change is Coming!

December 12, 2016

Chris Stankaitis, Team Manager, Site Reliability Engineering at Pythian, reflects on the theme of change at LISA16.

Pythian Next Generation Service Strategy Attracts New IT Leadership

November 28, 2016

Pythian, a global technology company that helps businesses adopt and manage disruptive technologies to better compete, is pleased to welcome Matthew Abarbanel and Marc St. Louis to the Pythian team. As VP of Technology Services, Matthew Abarbanel is responsible for…

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Technical Track

Episode 12 – CosmosDB – The New Challenger in the Cloud-based NoSQL Arena

June 29, 2017

Recently Microsoft announced Azure Cosmos DB, the successor for DocumentDB. One of our Datascape regulars, Warner Chaves, called me up to tell me how excited he was and how significant he thinks that this development is to cloud-based databases. By…

Log Buffer #515: A Carnival of the Vanities for DBAs

June 26, 2017

This Log Buffer Edition covers Oracle, SQL Server and MySQL.

EM13cR2 Installation Failing on BI Publisher Configuration

June 21, 2017

This is going to be a short post as there wasn’t much information on this type of failure when searching for it. Also, the IP’s are changed due to security reasons I was working on an Oracle EM13cR2 installation and…

A Quick Guide to SQL Server 2016 Direct Seeding

June 18, 2017

The Feature: SQL Server 2016 SP1 introduced direct seeding for Always ON Availability Groups. This is a short guide to understand what it is and some warnings when using it. The Problem: In previous versions than SQL Server 2016 ,…

Log Buffer #514: A Carnival of the Vanities for DBAs

June 16, 2017

This Log Buffer Edition encompasses few of the nifty blog posts from Oracle, SQL Server and MySQL.

Episode 11: Recapping Percona Live & What’s Going On with MySQL?

June 16, 2017

Today we welcome Derek Downey to the show. Derek is the Practice Advocate for the OpenSource Database practice at Pythian, helping to align technical and business objectives for companies and clients. Derek has also been a presenter at Percona Live…

Log Buffer #513: A Carnival of the Vanities for DBAs

June 12, 2017

This Log Buffer Edition includes blog posts from Oracle, SQL Server and MySQL.

Log Buffer #512: A Carnival of the Vanities for DBAs

June 5, 2017

This Log Buffer Edition covers Oracle, SQL Server and MySQL.

Datascape Podcast Episode 10 – Getting Transactional with Hadoop

June 1, 2017

In this episode we discuss using Hadoop as the data store for a public facing, web based application. We talk about some of the challenges and how they were overcome.

Upgrade Existing TDE to Use New Unified Key Management in 12c Upgraded Database (non-cdb)

May 30, 2017

I’m really excited to be writing this post and I’m hoping it serves as helpful content. When reviewing the new unified key management in RDMS 12c, I came across old commands like ‘ALTER SYSTEM’ to manage the TDE keys that are…

Automating Password Rotation for Oracle Databases

May 26, 2017

Password rotation is not the most exciting task in the world, and that’s exactly why it’s a perfect candidate for automation. Automating routine tasks like this are good for everyone – DBAs can work on something that’s more exciting, companies…

Orphaned Disks in OVM and What to Do with Them

May 25, 2017

Some time ago I was doing a maintenance on an OVM and noticed that it had significant number of disks without mapping to any virtual machine (I need to mention that the OVM cluster was a home for more than…

Log Buffer #511: A Carnival of the Vanities for DBAs

May 23, 2017

This Log Buffer Edition covers Oracle, SQL Server, MySQL.

Datascape Podcast Episode 9 – What’s Up with Oracle These Days?

May 18, 2017

With the hype around cloud and cloud first initiatives, automation, DevOps, and very specialized cloud-based databases, I wondered what was going on with one of the datascape’s old faithful technologies, Oracle Database.

Insights on the Sysbench 1.0 Release

May 17, 2017

If you’ve ever had to evaluate server performance, you likely know of sysbench, a performance benchmark project started by Peter Zaitsev with continued development by Alexey Kopitov. The last official release was the version 0.4, which is found in almost…

Multi Tb migration Using mydumper

May 12, 2017

In this post I will explain how to transfer a multi terabyte size database between two MySQL instances using mydumper, which is a logical backup and restore tool that works in parallel. I will also cover the case where you need…

Ansible and AWS Automation

May 11, 2017

Overview The goal was to create and manage a MySQL RDS instance and learn how to control AWS resources by using Ansible. With Ansible interacting with AWS it’s best to determine how hard or easy it is to build and…

Understanding MySQL Isolation Levels: Repeatable-read

May 5, 2017

Isolation levels are a rare subject in MySQL literature. The documentation provides a terse description and focuses mainly on locking issues, but does not discuss the semantics of each isolation level. This is not only a problem that affects MySQL…

Change of Database Passwords Through OEM

May 4, 2017

Once in a while passwords for system database accounts should be changed due to different requirements; it is a boring routine task, but it still needs to be completed. However, with the help of OEM it can be automated and…

Datascape Podcast Episode 8 – SQL Server 2017 & Microsoft Data Amp

May 4, 2017

In this episode, Warner joins us again, this time to discuss the Microsoft Data Amp 2017 event and dive into detail about all of the new and exciting announcements that were made. We dive into data migration services, the managed instance concept, today’s expectations of DBA’s, and much more!

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Pythian Life
Pythian Life

My Co-op Experience at Pythian

May 17, 2017

I returned to Pythian for my co-op term this past winter (it’s worth mentioning that previous to this, I had already completed two four month terms as a Software Development Intern at the company). The fact that I came back…

Join CEO Paul Vallée and Top Data Experts at Pythian’s Love Your Data Conference in NYC

May 3, 2017

Every year, leaders from every industry are presented with a buffet of conference opportunities to choose from. The pull to attend the biggest and shiniest is strong as event organizers lure potential attendees with swag bags, explosive branding and the…

PerconaLive Santa Clara 2017 in Review

May 3, 2017

PerconaLive Santa Clara 2017 happened last week and Pythian is pleased to have been able to sponsor the event. I really enjoyed several of the keynotes. In particular was Baron Schwarz’s keynote on Observability and Distributed Monitoring. Booking.com’s Monitoring without…

Pythian Named One of Canada’s Top Employers for the Fourth Consecutive Year

April 25, 2017

Ottawa, ON– April 25, 2017 Pythian, a global IT services company that helps businesses compete by adopting disruptive technologies, announced today that it has been named one of Canada’s Top Small & Medium Employers for the fourth consecutive year, a…

2017 Annual Open Source Database Community Dinner in Santa Clara

April 17, 2017

Once again, Pythian is organizing the traditional Open Source Database Community dinner in Santa Clara! When: Tuesday April 25, 7pm-10pm Where: David’s Restaurant, a short 5-minute walk from the Santa Clara Convention center. Tickets: Register here! Among the attendees will…

Collaborate 17 – Las Vegas, Pythian is Comin’ for Ya!

March 10, 2017

There are endless reasons to attend the upcoming Collaborate 17 conference (April 2 – April 6).  They include, but are not limited to, the following: Three of Oracle’s biggest and most influential users groups are hosting the event (shout out…

Pythian at the PerconaLive 2017 Open Source Database Conference

March 1, 2017

With PerconaLive 2017 coming up in a couple of months, go ahead and get excited! The conference is being held in Santa Clara, California from April 24-28, 2017. While you’re there, be sure to add these Pythian sessions to your…

Five Reasons Businesses Should Consider Pythian in 2017

January 24, 2017

Hilary Smith and Sarah Killoran discuss why businesses should work with Pythian in 2017.

Pythian: More Than Just a Co-op

January 23, 2017

Megan Macphee writes about her co-op experience in the Pythian HR department.

Pythian Opens New European Office in London

January 18, 2017

Pythian is expanding its global footprint in Europe with a new larger office in the tech hub of London and a significant investment in sales and technical resources. Pythian’s revenue from its European region has grown by more than 150%…

2016 Last Minute DBA Holiday Gift Guide

December 16, 2016

Do you have a hard-to-buy-for DBA on your list? Whether you’re a manager looking for something to give your talented people, or someone with a special DBA in your life, we know it’s not always easy to choose the right…

Being a Pythianite

September 26, 2016

  It has been seven months since I started working for Pythian and it doesn’t feel like it at all. The main reason is the full time work from home option that we enjoy here. I couldn’t agree more when my…

Aim for Exceptional: Reflecting on my Employment at Pythian

August 5, 2016

Shawn Melton, SQL Server Database Consultant at Pythian, discusses how his employment at Pythian differs from past jobs, and why.

Embracing Lifelong Learning In The IT Industry

June 20, 2016

Alejandro Cordero, Lead Database Consultant at Pythian, discusses the importance of lifelong learning in the IT industry.

Pythian Sponsors Another Successful Technovation Challenge!

May 30, 2016

Stephanie Caron, Marketing Manager at Pythian and Ottawa Chapter Program Coordinator for Technovation, talks about the conclusion of this year’s event.

What’s Holding You Back From Giving Back?

April 15, 2016

Heidi Hauver, VP of HR at Pythian, reflects on the importance of giving during National Volunteer Week.

There’s more to IT than just coding

March 15, 2016

Stephanie Caron, Marketing Manager at Pythian, and Ottawa Chapter Program Coordinator for Technovation, updates us on the 2016 Technovation program so far.

Sources of Inspiration on International Women’s Day

March 8, 2016

Heidi Hauver, Vice President of Human Resources as Pythian, shares her sources on inspiration on International Women’s Day.

Learning To Be Present

February 25, 2016

Heidi Hauver, VP of Human Resources, writes about her journey of mindfulness, and learning to be present in her daily life.

The Value of Pythian’s Internship Program

February 19, 2016

Software Development Intern Roni Peled writes about his experience in the Pythian Internship Program.

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