Business Insights
Business Insights

How Cloud Answers the Call for High-Performance Data Integration

August 17, 2017

Data-driven business users have come to expect faster and more complete analytics results than ever before. This means IT departments are faced with the challenge of integrating more data types from more sources. Traditional data warehouse technology is simply not…

How Pythian Helped a Global Retailer Use Data to Better Understand Their Customers’ In-store Shopping Habits

August 16, 2017

In order for a retailer improve their in-store revenues and overall customer experience, they need to deeply understand the shopping habits of their customers and how merchandise placement in stores influences buying behaviour. This  major global retailer needed to capture…

How Pythian Helped Nav Canada Migrate Their Oracle Database to a Microsoft Azure SQL Database

August 9, 2017

A common concern for businesses is optimizing database speed and performance, without raising costs. Nav Canada supports flight planning with aviation weather, aeronautical information, and online flight planning. To address a need for a more cost-efficient environment for their critical…

Join Pythian and DBTA on August 24, 2017 for a Live Roundtable Webinar: Harnessing the Hadoop Ecosystem

August 2, 2017

Harnessing the Hadoop Ecosystem Live Roundtable Thursday, August 24 at 11:00 am PT / 2:00 PM ET REGISTER With a stake at the center of how organizations are consuming and leveraging big data, Hadoop adoption in the enterprise is growing…

How a successful cloud migration boosted SaaS platform performance for Mapp Digital

July 26, 2017

Today’s innovative organizations have come to rely on the flexibility, modularity, and scalability of the cloud for their business-critical SaaS platforms and associated data. Mapp Digital’s cloud migration project is just one example of how Pythian can help SaaS companies…

The Key Concepts of Blockchain for Business

July 25, 2017

This blog post, the first in a series, discusses the key concepts of the business blockchain as explained by William Mougayar. Blockchain has been variously described as revolutionary, disruptive and transformative. It has also been described as an overhyped buzzword,…

Video: Make data part of your company’s DNA with Kick AaaS

July 18, 2017

Wouldn’t your job be a lot easier if you could overcome data silos to get better insights on everything from operational efficiency, to marketing performance, to your customers’ experience? What if you could gather enough data in one place for…

Four must-haves to make your remote business succeed

July 18, 2017

The debate over remote work rages on. This past March, IBM announced that the 2,600 employees of its U.S. marketing department would now be required to work on-site or look for other jobs. The decision was stunningly ironic — after…

Why Privileged Access Management Isn’t Optional at Pythian

July 10, 2017

According to the Washington Post, at the end of June the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security sent a joint alert to the energy sector stating that “advanced, persistent threat actors” — a euphemism for sophisticated foreign hackers —…

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…

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Technical Track
Technical Track

How to Analyze SQL Server Stack Dumps

August 22, 2017

As a SQL Server production DBA, at some point in time you will have to deal with a stack dump. A stack dump is a file that is written to disk with an “.mdmp” extension when SQL Server encounters a…

Log Buffer #518: A Carnival of the Vanities for DBAs

August 17, 2017

This Log Buffer Edition covers from various blogs covering the technologies and news of Oracle, SQL Server and MySQL.

Chart Your Course With sar

August 15, 2017

The sar (system activity reporter) is a Linux utility that actually started life long ago in System V Unix. In spite of its ancient origins, sar is still quite useful, and has even been enhanced in recent versions of Linux….

How Pythian Helped Nav Canada Migrate Their Oracle Database to a Microsoft Azure SQL Database

August 9, 2017

A common concern for businesses is optimizing database speed and performance, without raising costs. Nav Canada supports flight planning with aviation weather, aeronautical information, and online flight planning. To address a need for a more cost-efficient environment for their critical…

Demystifying Deep Learning

August 4, 2017

Learning is a non-trivial task. How we learn deep representations as humans are high up there as one of the great enigmas of the world. What we consider trivial (and to some others natural) is a complex web of fine-grained…

Creating Ansible Custom Module for AWR Report Generation

August 2, 2017

Creating AWR reports is a common task for many DBAs. At times, you may need to generate multiple AWR reports from multiple databases for performance audit; Ansible allows you to automate these types of tasks. You can, for example, generate…

Join Pythian and DBTA on August 24, 2017 for a Live Roundtable Webinar: Harnessing the Hadoop Ecosystem

August 2, 2017

Harnessing the Hadoop Ecosystem Live Roundtable Thursday, August 24 at 11:00 am PT / 2:00 PM ET REGISTER With a stake at the center of how organizations are consuming and leveraging big data, Hadoop adoption in the enterprise is growing…

What You Should Know About Docker Containers for Oracle Data Integrator

August 1, 2017

Not long ago, Oracle adopted the Docker engine as one of the accepted platforms for its products and published a set of scripts and examples in the Oracle GitHub repository. This includes sets for rapid deployment of Oracle databases, Weblogic…

Automating Oracle RMAN backup configuration on Linux with Ansible

August 1, 2017

Having valid backup of the databases is one of the most important tasks for every DBAs. Having proper RMAN backup scripts on place and covering all aspects to protect your databases can be lifesaving in the event that a crisis hits. However, when you’re…

Understanding Machine Learning: An Executive Overview

July 31, 2017

Machine learning is a technology that has grown to prominence over the past ten years (as at this time of writing) and is fast paving the way for the “Age of Automation”. This post provides a holistic view of the…

Episode 14 – The Impact of Automation on the DBA Career

July 28, 2017

In this episode we are going to continue talking about the evolution of the DBA career, specifically as it pertains to automation. Today we are under more pressure than ever to automate our tasks. This is driven by cloud-first initiatives…

Automation, PowerShell and Word Templates – Let the Technician Do Tech

July 27, 2017

In my work as a Database Consultant, I enjoy technical challenges, but it’s always a painful process when I need to transfer my technical knowledge into a report. Writing the report isn’t really the difficult part; the real challenge is…

How a successful cloud migration boosted SaaS platform performance for Mapp Digital

July 26, 2017

Today’s innovative organizations have come to rely on the flexibility, modularity, and scalability of the cloud for their business-critical SaaS platforms and associated data. Mapp Digital’s cloud migration project is just one example of how Pythian can help SaaS companies…

A Gentle Introduction to Google Cloud Platform for Machine Learning Practice

July 26, 2017

In a previous post titled Machine Learning on the cloud, we examined in plain language what is machine learning, what is the cloud, and the merits of leveraging cloud resources for machine learning practice. In this post, we introduce the…

Replicating from a higher to lower MySQL version

July 26, 2017

As we know, replication is only supported officially between consecutive major MySQL versions, and only from a lower version master to a higher version slave. This means for example, the following scenario is supported: 5.6 master –> 5.7 slave while these…

Oracle Scheduler Fail To Send Email Notifications

July 21, 2017

In this blog post I would like to share an interesting issue we encountered couple of months ago related to scheduler job email notifications. As some of you may know, starting with Oracle 11.2 you can subscribe to receive notification…

Log Buffer #517: A Carnival of the Vanities for DBAs

July 21, 2017

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

Machine Learning on the Cloud: Notes for the Layman

July 20, 2017

What is Machine Learning? Machine learning is an assortment of tools and techniques for predicting outcomes and classifying events, based on a set of interactions between variables (also referred to as features or attributes) belonging to a particular data set….

Video: Make data part of your company’s DNA with Kick AaaS

July 18, 2017

Wouldn’t your job be a lot easier if you could overcome data silos to get better insights on everything from operational efficiency, to marketing performance, to your customers’ experience? What if you could gather enough data in one place for…

Intel Skylake and Kaby Lake CPU Detector – Sherlock Holmes need not apply

July 14, 2017

Perhaps you’ve heard of the HyperThread bugs that are found in Intel Kaby Lake and some Skylake processors. (This article is intended for Linux based servers). No?  Then you may wish to read this article from the Debian support list:…

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Pythian Life
Pythian Life

Has “Google-ing it” Gotten Better Over Time?

August 14, 2017

Just Thinking… Have you noticed the subtle shift in how we search for information on the Internet…? In the past when I wanted to find something, I would start a web browser (before Tabs came along) and go to www.google.co.nz….

How to hold a great team meeting with remote employees

July 21, 2017

I want to talk about something that I initially did very poorly when I first became a remote manager in hopes you can learn from my mistakes – Team Meetings. When I started having my first team meetings as a…

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.

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