Business Insights
Business Insights

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…

The top seven big data analytics trends for 2019

November 21, 2018

2018 has been 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…

Achieving data integration zen: Building your business case

November 20, 2018

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…

Taking Your Hybrid Cloud From Automation to Orchestration

November 14, 2018

Cloud computing has been accessible to enterprise for a little over a decade, and that milestone is significant. It’s fitting to think of the cloud as a technology that’s approaching its adolescence. Though it’s awkward and a challenge to understand…

Look Sharp: An Introduction to Edge Computing

November 8, 2018

For years, data consumption was associated with individuals: people who stream videos, play games and otherwise live life with the help of the internet. But even though the average user’s daily data consumption is expected to increase to 1.5 gigabytes…

How to Get Cloud Analytics Costs Under Control

November 7, 2018

Big data analytics can potentially cost big money. But being reactive instead of proactive about optimizing your analytics in the cloud can, unfortunately, cost you even more money. This may sound obvious, but making the right decisions when configuring your…

It’s Official: Kubernetes is King

November 1, 2018

When it comes to container orchestration, nobody’s sitting on the fence anymore. In the four short years since it launched, Kubernetes has become the de facto standard, the platform chosen by a list of tech giants that includes AWS, Microsoft,…

Microsoft Ignite 2018 Special Cloudscape Podcast

October 26, 2018

This episode of the Cloudscape Podcast is dedicated to the announcements that were made at the recent Microsoft Ignite 2018 conference. We are joined solely by Warner Chaves to walk us through the most important and exciting announcements from the…

Managing Microservices: Why Middleware is Essential As You Scale Your Business

October 25, 2018

Imagine this: You’re out for dinner at an international conference with a group of colleagues from around the world. Everyone there is an expert at what they do. People are trying to communicate, but since everyone speaks a different language,…

How the Cloud may Finally Solve the Data Silo Problem

October 24, 2018

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…

Black Friday is coming. Is your customer data ready?

October 10, 2018

As a retailer, Black Friday can make or break your end-of-year sales targets. It’s when customers expect savings on their favorite products, and you expect deal-seeking customers to line up at your door or flock to your website. But special…

Cloudscape Podcast Episode 10: October 2018

October 9, 2018

Welcome back to the Cloudscape Podcast! In this month’s edition, we are joined by Greg Baker who will discuss the latest from Amazon and Kartick Sekar who will discuss the latest from Google. Warner Chaves will have his own Microsoft…

Pythian Achieves Machine Learning Partner Specialization in the Google Cloud Partner Specialization Program

October 4, 2018

Toronto, Canada – Google Cloud Summit Oct 4, 2018,  Pythian, a global IT company that helps businesses leverage disruptive data technologies to better compete, announced today that it has achieved the Machine Learning Partner Specialization in the Google Cloud Partner…

Top Talks to Watch for at Google Next London

October 3, 2018

On October 10 & 11, 2018, Google Next London will be running in full force. Pythian will be attending with a booth and many of our top executives and technical leaders ready to discuss our cloud strategies and offerings. This…

How AEG Worldwide Delivers Superior Customer Experience With A Cloud-based Analytics Platform

September 19, 2018

We recently helped AEG Worldwide, a leader in the live entertainment industry, align their marketing programs with their individual ticket buyers with a big data solution that provides AEG with a full view of their customers’ behaviors and preferences and…

A Look at GCP Helsinki Data Center’s Opening Event

September 13, 2018

Pythian was recently invited to attend the very successful opening of the new GCP Helsinki Data Center. Based on the number of attendees and their excitement level, Finland is very ready to jump on a local cloud provider with over…

Dismantling Data Silos through Cloud Integration

September 12, 2018

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…

Cloudscape Podcast Episode 9: September 2018

September 6, 2018

Welcome back to another episode of the Cloudscape Podcast. In this episode, we are joined by Greg Baker who will be discussing AWS, and Warner Chaves who will be discussing Microsoft Azure. I recently released a special episode of Cloudscape…

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Technical Track
Technical Track

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…

Step by Step Monitoring Cassandra with Prometheus and Grafana

December 3, 2018

In this blog, I’m going to give a detailed guide on how to monitor a Cassandra cluster with Prometheus and Grafana. For this, I’m using a new VM which I’m going to call “Monitor VM”. In this blog post, I’m…

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…

Log Buffer #556: A Carnival of the Vanities for DBAs

November 29, 2018

This Log Buffer Edition covers Cloud, Oracle, and MySQL. Cloud: Data for development: Empowering communities through data analytics. Taking charge of your data: using Cloud DLP to de-identify and obfuscate sensitive information. Unlock insights with ease: Data Studio and Cloud…

Simplify Oracle Critical Patch Updates Using Simple Configurations

November 28, 2018

There are many automation tools available and what I am about to share doesn’t require any. Currently, I am patching Oracle July 2018 for AIX and October 2018 for Linux. The steps are the same and only the patch number…

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…

Aurora Serverless MySQL and other new features from AWS

November 26, 2018

I recently joined Chris Presley for his podcast, Cloudscape, to talk about what’s happening in the world of cloud-related matters. I shared the most recent events surrounding AWS. Topics of discussion included: New T3 Instances – Burstable, Cost-Effective Performance Aurora…

Observations and Insights from Google Cloud Next ’18

November 23, 2018

I recently joined Chris Presley for his podcast, Cloudscape, to talk about what’s happening in the world of cloud-related matters. I shared some of my observations from the recent Google Cloud Next ’18. Topics of discussion included: Google for Enterprise…

The top seven big data analytics trends for 2019

November 21, 2018

2018 has been 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…

Using Docker to Provide Self-Service Database Patching

November 20, 2018

I’ve been looking into how Vagrant and/or Docker can be used to improve the life of DBAs and maybe others, too. I did this mostly to practice using these tools – especially Docker – that are becoming more and more important…

Achieving data integration zen: Building your business case

November 20, 2018

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…

Solving An Uncommon Oracle Error Code – ORA-01041

November 19, 2018

So, here is the thing. We have a customer running a 11.2 Single Instance Oracle database on Windows. I know the version is a bit old and Windows may not be the most common choice to run an Oracle database,…

Recovering From Quarterly PSU Patching Disaster

November 16, 2018

Applying GRID INFRASTRUCTURE PATCH SET UPDATE 11.2.0.4.181016(Patch 28429134) for AIX (64-Bit) was a disaster for Oracle Restart environment, as described in a previous post. # $GRID_HOME/OPatch/opatch auto $GI_PSU -ocmrf /tmp/ocm.rsp patch /stage/psu/11g/GI/2018OCT/28429134/27735020/custom/server/27735020 apply successful for home /u01/app/oracle/product/11.2.0/db_1 patch /stage/psu/11g/GI/2018OCT/28429134/28204707 apply failed…

The Best Times to Apply Oracle Quarterly Patches

November 15, 2018

When is the best time to apply an Oracle quarterly patch? I suppose the answer is, “It depends.” As it turns out, we started to apply October 2018 Grid Infrastructure PSU for AIX the day after it was released and…

Taking Your Hybrid Cloud From Automation to Orchestration

November 14, 2018

Cloud computing has been accessible to enterprise for a little over a decade, and that milestone is significant. It’s fitting to think of the cloud as a technology that’s approaching its adolescence. Though it’s awkward and a challenge to understand…

How Do You Test Your Oracle Database Backup?

November 12, 2018

From my experience, the one area where a DBA cannot afford to make errors is in database backup. When was the last time database backup was tested? Was it successful? How often is backup tested? Is testing automated? I was…

Look Sharp: An Introduction to Edge Computing

November 8, 2018

For years, data consumption was associated with individuals: people who stream videos, play games and otherwise live life with the help of the internet. But even though the average user’s daily data consumption is expected to increase to 1.5 gigabytes…

Troubleshooting a GoldenGate Error Code

November 8, 2018

After applying Oracle GoldenGate V12.2.0.1.170919 for Oracle Database 12c OPTIMIZER Patch for Bug# 26849949, starting GoldenGate extract failed with OGG-00303: Unable to open credential store. Error code 43,490. Here is what the report looks like. $ head -50 E_LAX6.rpt ***********************************************************************…

How to Get Cloud Analytics Costs Under Control

November 7, 2018

Big data analytics can potentially cost big money. But being reactive instead of proactive about optimizing your analytics in the cloud can, unfortunately, cost you even more money. This may sound obvious, but making the right decisions when configuring your…

Troubleshooting a Datapatch Error in Oracle

November 6, 2018

As part of patching preparation, the following command was executed and failed: Verifying SQL patch applicability on home /u01/app/oracle/product/12.1.0/db Following step failed during analysis: /bin/sh -c ‘cd /u01/app/oracle/product/12.1.0/db; ORACLE_HOME=/u01/app/oracle/product/12.1.0/db ORACLE_SID=cdb /u01/app/oracle/product/12.1.0/db/OPatch/datapatch -prereq -verbose’ Let’s run datapatch -prereq -verbose manually. $ORACLE_HOME/OPatch/datapatch…

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Pythian Life
Pythian Life

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 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…

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