Business Insights
Business Insights

Workload migration: Staying calm when it’s more than just lift and shift

March 12, 2019

To no one’s surprise, the world’s migration to the cloud is continuing to ramp up in both speed and volume. According to forecasts from Gartner, the worldwide public cloud services market will grow by 17.3% this year. Revenues are expected to total…

How to get more from marketing data with a Marketing Data Platform on Google Cloud Platform – Part 1

March 7, 2019

The power behind today’s most successful online marketing programs is the sheer abundance of data available to drive strategy, engagement and activation. But before you can use that bounty of insight to segment, target and engage prospects, as well as…

Kubernetes: The Easy Button for Enterprise

March 5, 2019

Krista Colby-Wheatley explains why Kubernetes has recently become the dominant player in the deployment, scaling and management of applications.

Dismantling data silos through cloud integration

February 23, 2019

This is the fourth in a series of four posts on data integration and its importance for organizations. In this fourth and final post, we look at how to finally solve the data silo problem. Throughout the first three parts…

Microsoft Data Platform 2017: new features and why you should upgrade – a webinar with Warner Chavez and Vitor Fava

February 12, 2019

Now is a great time to migrate to Microsoft Data Platform. Listen to Warner and Vitor, our Microsoft MVPs, discuss upgrading SQL 2008 R2 and previous versions, to the Microsoft Data Platform 2017. Given the many options available to the…

How to choose the best data management option

February 7, 2019

As your data estate ramps up to a data empire, more and more of your users are vying for––and expecting––better access to this wealth of internal and external information. That’s why finding the right home for your data is so…

Going from monolith to microservices: deciding when and how

February 5, 2019

As the migration of enterprise to the cloud accelerates, the monolithic approach to software development seems doomed to extinction. Cloud-based microservices are increasingly the preferred approach, and it’s easy to see why. Microservices break down large software projects into smaller,…

How the cloud many finally solve the data silo problem

January 28, 2019

Not loving your data? You’re not alone. Accessing corporate and external data to gain insight and get ahead is critical—but it isn’t easy. One source claims 90 percent of digital information is unstructured and locked in siloed repositories, meaning departments…

Achieving data integration zen: building your business case

January 20, 2019

The closely related issues of siloed data and a lack of data integration – stemming, in part, from reliance on older data warehouses and a general inability to establish proper data governance – aren’t just slowing down your business intelligence…

Cloud security: what you don’t know will hurt you

January 8, 2019

If your organization isn’t doing business in the cloud today, it might have some catching up to do. A 2017 report by LogicMonitor suggests that 83% of enterprise workloads will be in the cloud by 2020. Yet the same study…

Cloudscape podcast episode 13: recapping AWS re:Invent 2018

January 3, 2019

This episode of the Cloudscape is dedicated to recapping the most exciting announcements from the recent AWS re:Invent conference and to help us do that we are joined by Pierig LeSaux! Pierig is kind enough to take us through a…

The top seven big data analytics trends for 2019

January 3, 2019

2018 was a momentous year for data. Not only has the overall importance of data and information within organizations continued to grow, but we’ve also seen the continued rise of megatrends like IoT, big data – even too much data…

Pythian’s top bloggers provide insight and instruction: top posts from 2018

December 28, 2018

If you have questions about resolving encryption issues or you want some information about data platforms, where do you go? Pythian’s experts have valuable knowledge of a wide range of topics and have shared their expertise from written how-to instructions…

Istio: the new standard in making microservices behave

December 17, 2018

The cloud has opened up a world of new opportunities for enterprise. It’s also opened a world of new challenges, and probably no one is experiencing those challenges more acutely than your DevOps teams. As they work to deliver an…

Data lovers’ gift guide 2018

December 12, 2018

Can’t figure out what to get that special data professional on your list? Back by popular demand, our Data lover’s gift guide helps you choose the perfect gift for that data analyst, visualizer, engineer, BI pro or data scientist on…

The definitive data integration checklist

December 11, 2018

So, you’ve decided to upgrade your on-prem data warehouse to a cloud-based, modern data platform. Congratulations! You recognized your old system had become slow and results from it were inconsistent. It was also contributing to the culture of siloed data…

Cloudscape podcast episode 12: December 2018

December 10, 2018

Today we are carrying on with our monthly roundup of cloud vendor announcements. We are without Amazon expert Greg Baker, as the next episode will be a dedicated expose on AWS’ 2018 re-Invent summit, so stay tuned for that soon….

High-performance computing: waiting for the cloud to catch up

December 6, 2018

High-performance computing (HPC) was once limited to organizations that could afford to buy and maintain systems costing tens of millions of dollars. The cloud has changed all that, creating a democracy in which teraflops are accessible to people well outside…

Pythian helps AEG Presents target the right prospects at the right time

November 30, 2018

AEG Presents is a company focussed on driving ticket purchases for its global entertainment parent, AEG Worldwide. But it was getting tougher to compete against rival event companies by putting relevant offers in front of customers. Why? Simply because the…

How a social media platform benefits from upgraded security and performance

November 27, 2018

We recently helped a social media management platform improve its security and performance. The social media platform supports social network integrations for Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube, and has more than 15 million users. The company needed to ensure…

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Technical Track
Technical Track

Why You Shouldn’t Delete GoldenGate README

March 21, 2019

When installing Oracle GoldenGate for Big Data, it’s better to not delete the README file as it provides the version for GoldenGate Java Adapter. The version for GoldenGate ggsci is while the version for Java Adapter is The…

RDS provisioning: A comparision between Ansible and Terraform

March 20, 2019

I recently had to compare these two configuration managers to provision MySQL environments in RDS. I had previous Ansible knowledge but I was fairly new to Terraform. With that in mind, I put together a list of resources to see…

How to Accurately Measure Data Guard Lag Events

March 19, 2019

If you work with Data Guard, the lag between the primary and standby database is an informative but difficult metric to measure. I’ve encountered some “solutions” that use the COMPLETION_TIME in (G)V$ARCHIVED_LOG for the standby destination as the time of…

Configuring Software Loadbalancer for Oracle E-Business Suite

March 18, 2019

HAProxy (high availability proxy) is a free, open source software that provides TCP & HTTP-based load balancing capabilities for various applications. As it supports session persistence by enabling the sticky bit, this software can be used with Oracle E-Business Suite…

How to Build a Cost-Effective Serverless Blogging Platform on GCP – Part 2

March 14, 2019

Welcome back to the 2nd part! Last time, we set up the tools that allowed managing the blog as a set of configuration and Markdown-formatted files stored in a source code repository. Now it’s time to deploy the blog on…

How to Build a Cost-Effective Serverless Blogging Platform on GCP – Part 1

March 13, 2019

I remember when I started blogging in 2008. It was a nice learning experience, and it was rewarding, too – both the challenge of formulating my thoughts clearly and the feedback I received, and still am receiving, on some of…

Sharing GoldenGate Directories in RAC Environments

March 11, 2019

GoldenGate operates in an active/passive capacity for RAC databases. When installing GoldenGate on a local host, certain directories are required to be on shared storage. I will share my opinions for which directories should be placed on shared storage. Determine…

How to Prepare a Response File for a Grid 18c Silent Upgrade

March 7, 2019

Due to security and complexity of the environment, the option to use Graphical User Interface (GUI) is not always available. Upgrade operations will need to be performed from the command line interface (CLI). Determine groups assigned to grid and oracle…

Microsoft Azure introduces new features such as Confidential Computing, Digital Twins, and Emotion Analysis

March 6, 2019

I recently joined Chris Presley for his podcast, Cloudscape, to talk about some of the recent announcements at Microsoft. Topics of discussion included: Public Preview of Azure Confidential Computing Azure Digital Twins in Preview Emotion Analysis now available on the…

Log buffer #561: A Carnival of the Vanities for DBAs

March 5, 2019

This Log Buffer Edition covers Cloud, Oracle, and MySQL. Cloud: AWS has completed its 2018 assessment against the Cloud Computing Compliance Controls Catalog (C5) information security and compliance program. One of the most important things you can do as a…

How to simplify automation: Using environment variables

March 4, 2019

Michael Dinh provides simple solutions for automating GoldenGate processes from source to destination.

How To Retrieve Growth History For Oracle Tablespaces

February 28, 2019

A customer recently asked us to identify tablespaces that most contributed to sudden space consumption on ASM. It’s easy enough to find what’s using the most space, but finding what’s been growing is a little less straightforward. Fortunately, Oracle keeps…

Log buffer #560: a carnival of the vanities for DBAs

February 28, 2019

This Log Buffer Edition covers Cloud, Oracle, SQL Server, and MySQL. Cloud: This blog shows you how to automatically refresh the container instances in an active Amazon Elastic Container Service (ECS) cluster with instances built from a newly released AMI….

Gathering GoldenGate deployment status

February 26, 2019

The objective of this post is to demonstrate how to gather existing GoldenGate deployment status. The rationale is to gather all the pertinent information for GoldeGate deployment using RAC in order to relocate the GoldenGate trail from DBFS to ACFS…

Automating Tungsten upgrades using Ansible

February 25, 2019

Continuent Tungsten is one of the few all-in-one solutions for MySQL high availability. In this post I will show you how to automate the upgrade process using Ansible. I will walk you through the individual tasks and, finally, give you…

Log buffer #559: a carnival of the vanities for DBAs

February 22, 2019

This Log Buffer Edition covers Cloud, Oracle and MySQL. Cloud: AWS Solutions Architects are on the front line of helping customers succeed using our technologies. The new version of the AWS Ops Automator, a solution that enables you to automatically…

Accessing Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) using Google G Suite SSO

February 21, 2019

Background One of the nice things about so many web apps these days is how easily they integrate with Google authentication and Single Sign-on (SSO). This is thanks to web-based authentication and authorization technologies such as SAML and OAuth. So…

Datascape podcast episode 31 – cloud feature updates Feb 2019

February 19, 2019

Welcome back to the Datascape podcast. On today’s show, we are going to discuss the latest announcements from the leading public cloud vendors with industry experts. We are joined by Pierig LeSaux who will be discussing Amazon Web Services’ (AWS)…

Testing Cassandra compatible APIs

February 19, 2019

In this quick blog post, I’m going to assess how the databases that advertise themselves as “Cassandra API-compatible” fare in the compatibility department. But that is all I will do, only API testing, and not an extensive testing, just based…

An Oracle-based approach to the “taxi fare” prediction problem – episode 2

February 18, 2019

This is the second part of the series on the Taxi Fare prediction problem from an Oracle perspective. You can read Episode 1 here. In this Episode, I will put our model to work. That is, I will show several…

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Pythian Life
Pythian Life

Achieving rock-solid maintenance with template-based action plans

February 7, 2019

Pythian has always been serious about reducing human mistakes. Our consultants have always been required to log all terminal outputs for the work we execute so that the information is available to our clients, and to make sure the same…

A day in the life of a Red Cross volunteer

October 22, 2018

In addition to my day job working as a team manager at Pythian, I am fortunate to be part of a specialist Red Cross volunteer team called an Emergency Response Unit (ERU). There are many of these ERUs around the…

First time presenter, what a feeling!

October 9, 2018

It’s been a couple weeks now, and the dust has settled but not the sentiment. I am talking about my very first public presentation performed at Spain Oracle Users Group (SPOUG) during the Technical SPOUG Day 2018 on September 25th….

Mentorship can be a valuable tool for professional growth

July 5, 2018

Mentoring has been defined as a professional relationship between a mentor (more experienced) and a mentee (less experienced) to develop certain skills and knowledge that will enhance personal and professional growth. Mentors are usually assigned to junior members of a…

The life of a happy remote DBA

June 20, 2018

Life is a balancing act between the personal and professional. It is a journey and this journey should be filled with joy and happiness. It should also give you a chance to learn, to grow and to cherish moments, spending…

Technical training – good for business and career

June 15, 2018

Whether you are just starting out or have been working with technology and want to expand your skill set, training never hurts anyone. In some situations, your own company encourages it and wants to help you excel. You may be…

Pythian BORG: bringing on recruited gurus

May 2, 2018

When university graduation was rushing up on me and I hadn’t the first idea how I would start my career, my parents gave me the best advice I’ve ever received: Find meaningful work that you’re passionate about and collaborate with…

The life of a Pythian road warrior

April 9, 2018

I’m sitting here on March 16th, the day before Saint Patties day and I am thinking about what I will need for my trip to Salt Lake City next week. I work for Pythian in the Principal Consulting Group. We are…

The Value of Lifelong Learning

March 9, 2018

When I was asked to write a blog post about two conferences I attended this year, I had to sit down and think. Think about how learning is such an essential aspect of my life, both personally and a professionally….

A Team Manager’s perspective on success at Pythian

February 15, 2018

To all managers out there, especially in the IT sector, to be truly successful you don’t need to be the most technical savvy person on your team.

Diversity: Pursuing your Dreams

February 1, 2018

Seven months ago, I was fortunate to start a new career journey with Pythian. At first I found working in IT intimidating as I was working with such a wide variety of technical subject matter experts on a daily basis,…

Kickstart Your Career

January 22, 2018

Working at Pythian has probably been one of the best decisions I could have made towards developing my technical skills as well as growing my skills as a person. When I first got the interview, I knew nothing of the…

From Co-op to Full Time!

January 10, 2018

My experience with Pythian was like a co-op fairy tale. As a 4th-year student entering my last co-op term, I was looking for something more than just a regular administrative job. I was seeking a role in which I could…

The Pythian Community Gives Back: Movember and the Holiday Food Drive

January 2, 2018

They say you can’t create an org culture, you can only guide it. As a growing IT services company with 400+ employees spread across 35+ countries, one of our biggest opportunities is not technological but cultural. An inherent challenge we…

My Internship Experience at Pythian

September 28, 2017

I remember nervously walking out of one of King’s Cross St Pancras Station’s numerous exits searching for the 7 Stanley Building. I wandered through the morning rush in the heart of London, and I was overwhelmed, out of place and…

Pythian at All Things Open 2017

September 25, 2017

All Things Open 2017 is coming up fast, and Pythian is proud to be supporting one of the largest open source-focused conferences in the US! All Things Open is a conference in Raleigh, North Carolina on October 23-24, 2017. ATO…

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….

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…

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