Business Insights
Business Insights

Black Friday and Cyber Monday: The Top 7 Tips For Getting Your Database Ready

November 21, 2017

Black Friday has been an American tradition for decades. Today, along with Cyber Monday, Black Friday is a worldwide marketing juggernaut. And retail analysts are expecting the 2017 edition to set new records. The National Retail Federation estimates that 69%…

Datascape Podcast Episode 17: Key Announcements from Microsoft Ignite

November 2, 2017

Today on the show we are going to be discussing the most interesting announcements that came out of the Microsoft Ignite Conference. To help us navigate this part of the Datascape, I have invited Warner Chaves back to the show….

Join Pythian at the Gartner Symposium/ITXpo in Barcelona

October 17, 2017

If you’re planning on attending the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo coming up on November 5-9, 2017 in Barcelona, Spain, make sure to visit Pythian’s booth located in the Emerging Technology Pavilion. Stop by to find out about our Analytics as a Service…

Advice for responding to the WPA2 security flaw

October 16, 2017

By now everyone’s likely heard about the serious vulnerability affecting the Wi-Fi security protocol WPA2 that secures the wireless communications of just about every consumer device out there. The Key Reinstallation Attacks (KRACK) allow an attacker to control the encryption…

Why You Should Consider the Cloud for a Modern Data Warehouse

October 12, 2017

  Your data warehouse modernization strategy can make or break your ability to derive value from traditional data sources (for example, your operations and financial data) as well as emerging data sources such as IoT data from devices and sensors,…

Can you run Hadoop in the cloud? And is it the right choice?

October 12, 2017

As the Director of Big Data and Data Science at Pythian, I often get questions from clients about the many solutions available to them to address their big data needs. Between Hadoop, cloud-based, and hybrid solutions, finding the best option…

Oracle OpenWorld 2017 Bloggers Meetup

September 5, 2017

DON’T PANIC. Yes, we are doing the OOW Bloggers Meetup this year. Yes, it’s the same time. Yes, it’s the same location. Yes, it’s more fun every year. What: Oracle Bloggers Meetup 2017. When: Wed, 04-Oct-2017, 5:30pm. Where: Main Dining…

Taking Your Data and Analytics to the Cloud

August 29, 2017

Live Webinar Taking Your Data and Analytics to the Cloud Thursday, September 28th at 2 p.m. ET REGISTER As the urgency to compete on analytics continues to revolutionize the business world, more and more organizations are moving their data to…

Join Top Data Experts at Pythian’s Love Your Data Conference in London

August 24, 2017

According to Gartner’s CIO 2017 survey, BI and Analytics continue to top IT investments. Are you an IT or BI business leader looking for ways to drive business outcomes with data and analytics?  If so, join Pythian on September 13,…

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,…

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Technical Track
Technical Track

When to use Amazon Athena

November 23, 2017

Amazon Athena enables you to access data present in flat files stored in S3 (Simple Storage Service) as if it were in a table in the database. And you don’t have to set up a server or any other software…

Cosmos DB Geo-replication – SQL On The Edge Episode 14

November 22, 2017

As Microsoft Azure’s NoSQL service offering, Cosmos DB has received a lot of investment and development effort. Microsoft considers Cosmos as a “ring zero” service, which means that it is available by default from all regions as soon as they…

MongoDB Europe 2017 Recap

November 21, 2017

It’s November, time for MongoDB Europe event. For the second consecutive year, London hosted all the MongoDB experts to share what is new and exciting about the most popular NoSQL database in the world. After I missed the event last…

The importance of Oracle database related kernel parameters (aio-max-nr) (with bonus track)

November 21, 2017

We tend to configure a server following Oracle best practices for the kernel parameters, but what once was a server of a couple instances, soon becomes a huge and heavy environment with four, six or ten instances running on it…

Black Friday and Cyber Monday: The Top 7 Tips For Getting Your Database Ready

November 21, 2017

Black Friday has been an American tradition for decades. Today, along with Cyber Monday, Black Friday is a worldwide marketing juggernaut. And retail analysts are expecting the 2017 edition to set new records. The National Retail Federation estimates that 69%…

Log Buffer #529: A Carnival of the Vanities for DBAs

November 20, 2017

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

Datascape Podcast Episode 18 – Getting to know Postgres

November 17, 2017

On the show today we welcome Álvaro Hernández, the founder of Ongress. Ongress is a database and research company where they work mainly with Postgres in the database space, developing and researching new products. They also provide professional services for…

Tips for preparing for the AWS Cloud Architect Associate Exam

November 16, 2017

Networking is a pivotal concept in cloud computing. Knowing it is a must to be a successful Cloud Architect. Of course you won’t be physically peeling the cables to put RJ45 connectors on but you must know various facets of…

Coming to UKOUG 2017? Meet up with Pythian

November 16, 2017

UKOUG Applications Conference & Exhibition, Tech17 is just around the corner. The event will take place December 4-6, 2017 in Birmingham England. It is the largest gathering of UK Oracle Database professionals, and we’re really looking forward to it! Pythian…

Standardizing the Oracle GoldenGate Home Path (OGG_HOME)

November 15, 2017

I don’t work with Oracle GoldenGate extensively but when I do I find it somewhat remarkable that there aren’t more standards with something as simple as the Oracle GoldenGate software home path (OGG_HOME). With the Oracle Database, in recent years…

A Serverless Audio Transcription Pipeline

November 14, 2017

Having attended Serverlessconf NYC a few weeks ago, and given my undying excitement around all things serverless, lately, I’ve been quite entrenched in the numerous possibilities of serverless architectures. Also, I’ve been itching to build something, as I haven’t had…

Understanding Cosmos DB Request Units–SQL On The Edge Episode 13

November 9, 2017

As part of their cloud offerings, all major providers (Microsoft, Amazon, Google) have developed very exciting and interesting NoSQL/NewSQL offerings. Microsoft Azure’s is called Cosmos DB, a rebranding of the product initially known as DocumentDB. Cosmos DB is no longer…

Log Buffer #528: A Carnival of the Vanities for DBAs

November 7, 2017

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

Datascape Podcast Episode 17: Key Announcements from Microsoft Ignite

November 2, 2017

Today on the show we are going to be discussing the most interesting announcements that came out of the Microsoft Ignite Conference. To help us navigate this part of the Datascape, I have invited Warner Chaves back to the show….

Log Buffer #527: A Carnival of the Vanities for DBAs

October 30, 2017

This Log Buffer edition covers Cloud, Oracle, MySQL, and PostgreSQL.

Architecting a Modern Data Warehouse – Live Webinar

October 27, 2017

Join Pythian and DBTA for a live roundtable webinar Architecting a Modern Data Warehouse Live Roundtable Webinar Thursday, November 16, 2017 11:00 am PT / 2:00 pm ET REGISTER TODAY Today, the world of decision-making, along with the data sources…

gh-ost hooks for better visibility

October 24, 2017

In this post I will show you how to leverage Github’s gh-ost hooks for greatly improving visibility of ongoing schema changes for your organization. One of the potential uses of gh-ost hooks is to send status updates. I will present you with…

Log Buffer #526: A Carnival of the Vanities for DBAs

October 19, 2017

This Log Buffer Edition covers Oracle, SQL Server, Cloud, and PostgreSQL. Special thanks to Jeremy Schneider for PostgreSQL information.

Datascape Podcast: Episode 16 – Recapping Oracle OpenWorld 2017

October 19, 2017

Today we’re going to recap some of the most interesting concepts from the recently completed Oracle OpenWorld 2017 and to help us navigate this I have invited Simon Pane back to the show. Simon is an accomplished Principal Consultant, who…

Log Buffer #524: A Carnival of the Vanities for DBAs

October 17, 2017

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

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Pythian Life
Pythian Life

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…

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.

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