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Announcement: Pythian Achieves Google Cloud Platform Partner Specialization In Infrastructure

July 19, 2018

Today, Pythian is pleased to announce that it has achieved a Google Cloud Partner Specialization in Infrastructure. The Google Cloud Partner Specialization Program is designed to connect customers to qualified partners with demonstrated technical proficiency and proven project success in areas including…

Announcement: Pythian recognized as the winner of the Microsoft Canada Application Innovation IMPACT Award  

July 17, 2018

Today Pythian is proud to announce that our team has won the 2018 Microsoft Canada Application Innovation IMPACT Award. These annual awards recognize Microsoft partners who demonstrate excellence in innovation and implementation of customer solutions based on Microsoft technology. Microsoft…

Workload Migration: What Should Go To The Cloud First?

July 17, 2018

There’s no longer any question: Cloud is winning, and the on-premises data center seems doomed to a future of declining relevance. The results of a recent survey by LogicMonitor confirm this, suggesting that 83 percent of enterprise workloads will be…

Cloud Automation Is Winning. Will Your Organization Share In The Prize?

July 12, 2018

If you’re an IT leader, you don’t need us to tell you that cloud automation has become the lifeblood of the future-ready enterprise. And you don’t need us to make you feel a sense of urgency around becoming a 100%…

The Changing Role of BI Professionals: The Importance of a Modern Data Platform

July 4, 2018

The following is the fourth and final in a series of four blog posts on the evolving roles, skills, and functions played by business intelligence and data professionals. The first three blog posts on the changing roles of BI Professionals…

The changing role of BI professionals: The perfect candidate

June 26, 2018

The following is the third in a series of four blog posts on the evolving roles, skills, and functions played by business intelligence and data professionals. In our first two posts on the changing role of BI professionals, we offered…

The Changing Role of BI Professionals: Why managers think beyond BI skills when hiring analytics talent

June 18, 2018

The following is the second in a series of four blog posts on the evolving roles, skills, and functions played by business intelligence and data professionals. We learned in our first post in this series how the role of business…

The Changing Role of BI Professionals: From Analysts to Scientists

June 11, 2018

The following is the first in a series of four blog posts on the evolving roles, skills, and functions played by business intelligence and data professionals. It’s been estimated that 65 percent of current primary school students will eventually hold…

GitHub and Microsoft – Did you hear?

June 6, 2018

Open-Source, GitHub and Microsoft. If I heard that during the Ballmer era of Microsoft, I’d ask if it was April 1st or not. If you are not a Microsoft junkie or just been busy working, you may not have heard…

Pythian’s Vice President of Business Development Recognized as One of CRN’s 2018 Women of the Channel

May 14, 2018

OTTAWA, ON, May 14, 2018 – Pythian, a global IT company that helps businesses leverage disruptive data technologies to better compete, announced today that CRN, a brand of The Channel Company, has named Vanessa Simmons, Vice President of Business Development…

Infographic: Five ways to make analytics for everyone

April 17, 2018

It’s not a stretch to say that data is taking over the world. You can see the signs everywhere, from news stories highlighting the breathtaking pace of data creation—projected to hit 163 zettabytes per day by 2025—to the ongoing and…

Why your data hub belongs in the cloud

April 10, 2018

Whether your core infrastructure is on-prem or in the cloud, there’s only one choice for your data hub
The public cloud effectively provides you with three options:  Infrastructure as a Service, Platform as a Service or Software as a Service. And with IaaS, people often face the choice of “rent vs buy”.

Datascape Podcast Episode 23 – Private vs. Public Blockchains

April 8, 2018

On today’s show, we welcome Adam Muise to chat with us about the ins and outs of the private and public blockchain. This is a somewhat intermediate discussion and is not an introduction to the blockchain or cryptocurrency, so if…

What is the Role of Configuration Management in the World of Immutable infrastructure and Serverless Architectures?

March 28, 2018

On March 20th, we spoke with industry experts Greg Baker and Ryan Bezdicek to discuss this topic and others relating to configuration management. There is an argument that configuration management is on its way out now—that we’re ready to usher…

Pythian creates a seamless “pipeline” between Google and AWS

March 14, 2018

Using machine learning, a software engineering company developed a solution on behalf of a global agriculture biotechnology firm. The accelerated process was able to analyze and derive insight from massive volumes of data. The app was developed to enable farmers…

Is configuration management still relevant?

March 14, 2018

What is the role of configuration management in the world of immutable infrastructure and serverless architectures? Configuration management has come a long way and there are several mature solutions available. Everyone who chooses a configuration management tool needs to decide,…

No DR is the Worst DR!

March 8, 2018

What does a disaster recovery strategy mean to you? Disaster recovery (DR) is defined as a subset of business continuity and involves a set of policies, tools and procedures to enable the recovery or continuation of vital technology infrastructure and systems following a…

Five ways to build a data-driven culture within your organization

March 7, 2018

In this post guest blogger Jim Donnelly introduces some of the concepts in our latest eBook, Analytics for Everyone, discussing what it takes to drive a data-first culture across your organization. Imagine that it’s been about a year since you…

Disaster Recovery in the Cloud, Are you ready? Join us for a live CrowdChat.

February 26, 2018

Disaster recovery (DR) is defined as a subset of business continuity and involves a set of policies, tools and procedures to enable the recovery or continuation of vital technology infrastructure and systems following a natural or human-induced disaster. Does your business have a…

Is blockchain a good fit for your business?

February 22, 2018

While there may be a lot of hype around blockchain, the technology is here to stay, and it’s already delivering value. In fact, the global blockchain technology market is predicted to grow to 2.3 billion U.S. dollars by 2021, according…

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Technical Track
Technical Track

Announcement: Pythian Achieves Google Cloud Platform Partner Specialization In Infrastructure

July 19, 2018

Today, Pythian is pleased to announce that it has achieved a Google Cloud Partner Specialization in Infrastructure. The Google Cloud Partner Specialization Program is designed to connect customers to qualified partners with demonstrated technical proficiency and proven project success in areas including…

GCP Features Wish List for Google Next 2018

July 20, 2018

As I’ve just posted about Pythian at Goole Next, and I though it would be cool to share what are the new GCP features I’d love to see introduced next week. Since I’m focusing on building AI products these days,…

Log Buffer #551: A Carnival of the Vanities for DBAs

July 20, 2018

This Log Buffer Edition covers Cloud, Oracle, and MySQL.

Pythian at Google Next 2018: Who and Why

July 19, 2018

Pythian has a longstanding reputation for invading major conferences in the technology and business areas of our services focus and Google NEXT in San Francisco next week is no exception. I thought it would be cool to share a bit…

Optimizing CPU cores and threads for Oracle on AWS

July 18, 2018

About a couple of weeks ago, AWS introduced a new option to manage CPU cores and threads on EC2 or RDS instances. So now you can reduce the number of cores or threads per core for your AWS instances. It…

EBS 12.2 Issues Seen in the Wild

July 17, 2018

Recently, I was involved in an EBS upgrade project, and also in operational support of an EBS production environment. Based on this project, here is an unsorted list of issues I’ve seen in or around the EBS core. EBS Architecture…

Log Buffer #550: A Carnival of the Vanities for DBAs

July 16, 2018

This Log Buffer Edition covers Cloud, Oracle, SQL Server and MySQL topics. Cloud: What does it take to write an app for the Google Home assistant? Can we make it smarter by leveraging Google Cloud? Whether it’s delivering new experiences…

Datascape Podcast Episode 30 – Learn About Streaming

July 13, 2018

In this episode of the Datascape Podcast, we welcome back Danil Zburivsky from Pythian to talk about the new streaming technologies that he and his team are working on. The step up from batch processing to streaming seems to be…

The Importance of the Worker Threads in Always On

July 11, 2018

Most of my blog posts are an outcome of the work that I do over the weekend while holding the pager for my team. This blog post is no different. In this blog post, I will talk about the importance…

A look at news from Amazon Web Services: A backtrack feature and simplified authentication

July 11, 2018

I recently joined Chris Presley for Episode 5 of his new podcast,Cloudscape, to talk about what’s happening in the world of cloud-related matters. My focus was to share the most recent events surrounding Amazon Web Services (AWS). Some of the…

Process Mining as a Link between Business Process Modelling and Data Mining

July 10, 2018

As the number of processes running daily is rapidly increasing, it is critical to understand these processes and their interactions so we can improve them in areas such as businesses that affect our daily lives. Information systems record a lot of…

Log Buffer #549: A Carnival of the Vanities for DBAs

July 9, 2018

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

How to schedule weekdays only on Airflow

July 9, 2018

Consider the following situation: You have a data ingestion pipeline where the data comes in real-time on weekdays and is stored in a dated folder.  The day’s data needs to be ingested within four hours. An instant response may be…

The Night of the Living Files

July 6, 2018

Scary movies for teenagers and database administration tasks share some common traits. Usually, the movie starts with a group of teens making unwise choices. Maybe you, as a DBA, are no longer a teenager, but you shouldn’t underestimate your ability…

Cloudscape Podcast Episode 6: July 2018

July 6, 2018

Welcome to another episode of the Cloudscape Podcast. On today’s show we are joined by our usual panel of experts, Greg Baker discussing Amazon Web Services (AWS), John Laham discussing Google Cloud Platform (GCP), and Warner Chaves discussing Microsoft Azure….

Analyzing BigQuery via Excel and Google Sheets

July 5, 2018

Both MS Excel and Google Sheets offer ways to connect directly to BQ data, to run queries, to pull data back to Excel/Sheets and allow further analysis via options such as pivot tables, charts, and drilling up/down. MS Excel The…

Airflow Scheduler: The very basics

July 5, 2018

Apache Airflow is a great tool for scheduling jobs. It has a nice UI out of the box. It allows you to create a directed acyclic graph (DAG) of tasks and their dependencies. You can easily look at how the…

Log Buffer #548: A Carnival of the Vanities for DBAs

July 5, 2018

This Log Buffer Edition covers blog posts from Cloud, Oracle, and MySQL. Cloud: Google Stackdriver lets you track your cloud-powered applications with monitoring, logging and diagnostics. Using Stackdriver to monitor Google Cloud Platform (GCP) or Amazon Web Services (AWS) projects…

How to migrate data from Cassandra to Elassandra in Docker containers

July 3, 2018

A client recently asked us to migrate a Cassandra cluster running in Docker containers to Elassandra, with the data directory persisted via a bind mount. Elassandra is a fork of Cassandra integrated closely with Elasticsearch, to allow for a highly scalable…

An Oracle “oraenv” script solution for Windows with PowerShell

July 3, 2018

The idea Due to the nature of my consulting work, I mostly work in Linux environments and use bash for scripting. But in some cases, I hit a Windows server hosting an Oracle database and all the fancy bash scripts…

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Pythian Life
Pythian Life

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 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…

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