Business Insights
Business Insights

Leaving Behind the Limits of Binary Thinking for Full Inclusiveness

April 29, 2016

When Pythian became the first tech company in Canada to release gender-based metrics last November, we wanted to make a bold statement with the launch of the Pythia Program. And apparently it worked. We’ve already increased the amount of female…

Data is Everything, and Everything is Data

April 19, 2016

Lynda Partner, VP of Marketing at Pythian, explores the phenomenon of datafication.

Considering Total Cost of Incident in the Age of “What if?”

April 5, 2016

Sarah Killoran, Sales Development Lead at Pythian, discusses why asking “what-if” isn’t always a bad thing, especially when it comes to your company’s success.

Why You Should Consider Moving Your Enterprise Applications to the Oracle Cloud

April 4, 2016

Alex Gorbachev, CTO at Pythian, explains why it’s a good idea to consider Oracle Cloud alongside alternatives like as Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure.

Three essential practices for security compliance

March 23, 2016

Myles Trachtenberg, Chief Information Officer at Pythian, provides simple steps to straightening the protection of your data and your business.

A Tale of Three Cities: Perspectives on innovation from New York, San Francisco and Sydney

March 22, 2016

IT thought leaders in Sydney, New York, and San Fransisco discuss makes a particular region fertile ground for innovation, and if it’s measurable.

Breaking Down Barriers with DevOps

March 16, 2016

Pythian Marketing Coordinator John Lewis summarizes the critical success factors when implementing a rapid release software model.

Can The Public Cloud Meet the Needs of Your Enterprise Applications?

March 8, 2016

Alex Gorbachev, CTO at Pythian, discusses the enterprise application needs you should consider before migrating to the public cloud.

RSA Conference 2016

March 7, 2016

Angela Plater, Information Security & Compliance Programs Manager at Pythian, discusses her recent trip to RSAC in San Fransisco.

Security in the age of cloud computing: How IT leaders are mitigating risks

February 23, 2016

IT thought leaders Cory Isaacson, Sean Rich, and Aaron Lee discuss how today’s CIOs and IT leaders are securing their systems in the age of cloud computing.

A View From Down Under: What IT Innovation and Agility Mean to IT Pros in Australia

February 22, 2016

Francisco Alvarez, Chris Mendez, and Tim Sheedy discuss IT innovation and agility at Pythian’s Velocity of Innovation event in Sydney, Australia.

Pythian-led Events: Embracing Disruptive Technologies

February 16, 2016

Today’s senior IT professionals are expected to be experts in everything from emerging technologies, to new regulations, and business innovation. Keeping up with the latest advances in technology, and understanding how they impact your business can be challenging. The impact…

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.

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Technical Track
Technical Track

Reserved words usage in MySQL

May 2, 2016

Ivan Groenewold, MySQL Database Consultant at Pythian, discusses reserved words usage in MySQL.

A Practitioner’s Assessment: Digital Transformation

April 28, 2016

Pythian guest blogger Rohinee Mohindroo provides her assessment of digital transformation.

Log Buffer #471: A Carnival of the Vanities for DBAs

April 28, 2016

This Log Buffer Edition highlights top blogs posts in the worlds of Oracle, SQL Server and MySQL.

How to recover space from already deleted files

April 27, 2016

Austin Arowsmith, Site Reliability Consultant – Assistant Team Manager at Pythian, explains how to recover space from already deleted files.

Deploy Docker containers using AWS Opsworks

April 27, 2016

Thiago Carvalho, Site Reliability Consultant ay Pythian, details how to deploy Docker containers using AWS Opsworks.

Percona Live Data Performance Conference 2016 Retrospective

April 26, 2016

Derek Downey, OSDB Practice Advocate at Pythian, details some of the industry trends and events that occurred during PerconaLive 2016.

Improve Parsing and Query Performance – Fix Oracle’s Fixed Object Statistics

April 25, 2016

Jared Still, Pythian Principle Consultant and Oracle ACE, discusses how to improve parsing and query performance.

When the default value is not the same as the default

April 25, 2016

Bjoern Rost, Principal Consultant at Pythian, explains what steps to take when the default value is not the same as the default.

MySQL Query Best Practices

April 25, 2016

Edwin Wang, MySQL DBA at Pythian, provides some important MySQL query best practices.

How to set up Flashback for MongoDB Testing

April 22, 2016

Ping Yan, MongoDB/MySQL Database Consultant at Pythian, explains how to set up Flashback for MongoDB Testing.

Data Encryption at Rest in Oracle MySQL 5.7

April 20, 2016

Valerie Parham Thompson, Lead Database Consultant at Pythian, walks through enabling encryption for MySQL 5.7.

Log Buffer #470: A Carnival of the Vanities for DBAs

April 20, 2016

This Log Buffer Edition highlights top blogs posts in the worlds of Oracle, SQL Server and MySQL.

No Arguments Here – Use xargs for File Management Performance

April 20, 2016

Jared Still, Pythian Principle Consultant and Oracle ACE, explains how using xargs with find can greatly speed up maintenance scripts and reduce system resource usage.

SQL Server Dates, Dates and More Dates

April 19, 2016

Daniel Holt, Database Administrator at Pythian, provides readers with commonly used SQL Server date functions.

Internals of Querying the Concurrent Requests’ Queue – Revisited for R12.2

April 19, 2016

Maris Elsins, Lead Database Consultant at Pythian, Oracle ACE & OCM, revisits the internals of querying the concurrent requests’ queue for R12.2.

More Effective Anti-Entropy Repair in Cassandra

April 18, 2016

Yabin Meng, Datastax Enterprise and Apache Cassandra Consultant at Pythian, explores and summarizes techniques that can help achieve a more effective Anti-Entropy repair for Cassandra.

Optimizer Stew – Parsing the Ingredients to Control Execution Plans

April 15, 2016

Jared Still, Pythian Principle Consultant and Oracle ACE, explains how to keep track of the different methods used to control Oracle Optimizer execution plans.

Log Buffer #469: A Carnival of the Vanities for DBAs

April 13, 2016

This Log Buffer Edition digs deep into the realms of Oracle, SQL Server and MySQL and brings together a few of the top blog posts.

Installing SQL Server 2016 – Standalone Instance – New Features

April 12, 2016

Daniel Holt, Database Administrator at Pythian, provides a step-by-step guide to installing SQL Server 2016, and highlights some of the new installation features.

SQL Server 2016 : A New Security Feature – Always Encrypted

April 12, 2016

Hemantgiri Goswami, Microsoft SQL Server MVP and Lead Database Consultant, explains the new Always Encrypted security feature on SQL Server 2016.

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Pythian Life
Pythian Life

Proud to Work at Pythian, One of Canada’s Top 25 ICT Professional Services Companies

April 22, 2016

Lesley Slack, Marketing and Communications Manager at Pythian, talks about why she’s proud to work at Pythian.

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.

The Little Big Company With The Huge Heart

February 17, 2016

Tara Ghazouly, Pythian Sales Representative, talks about the many random acts of kindness she’s experienced in Pythian’s Ottawa office.

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…

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