Business Insights
Business Insights

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…

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…

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…

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Technical Track
Technical Track

Log Buffer #558: A Carnival of the Vanities for DBAs

January 22, 2019

This Log Buffer Edition covers Cloud, Oracle, PostgreSQL, and MySQL. Cloud: On December 4, 2018 Microsoft’s Azure Database for Open Sources announced the general availability of MariaDB. This blog intends to share some guidance and best practices for alerting on…

A Brief Look at Recent Google Cloud Platform Releases

January 17, 2019

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 Google. Topics of discussion included: New Features & Data Platform:         Cloud Tasks: A…

Lessons learned from debugging application performance in Cloud

January 16, 2019

Lift and shift migration using tools like Cloudendure is the fastest way to migrate ‘on premises’ systems to Google Cloud. When the migration is complete, the environment can be refactored to use cloud-native capabilities. During application testing after a recent automated…

Using RDA To Check Oracle Database Preinstallation

January 16, 2019

Remote Diagnostic Agent (RDA) is often under-utilized. It has some very nice features such as database preinstallation check. Remote Diagnostic Agent (RDA) – FAQ (Doc ID 330363.1) Remote Diagnostic Agent (RDA) – Getting Started (Doc ID 314422.1) Stay with me…

Log Buffer #557: A Carnival of the Vanities for DBAs

January 15, 2019

This Log Buffer edition covers Cloud, Oracle, PostgreSQL and MySQL. Cloud: Brent Langston confirms that now you can add tags to your Amazon Elastic Container Registry (Amazon ECR) resources. This new feature enables better grouping of ECR repositories, better searching…

How to Create an Oracle 18c Client Image in Docker

January 14, 2019

Use docker and Oracle Dockerfile to easily install new Oracle client software.

GoldenGate: Relative or Absolute Path for Trail Files?

January 11, 2019

When implementing GoldeGate solutions, something as simple as path to trail files can create havoc. What is the correct path for trail format? It depends. There is one important factor to consider. You can change any of the attributes specified…

How to use Oracle Instant Client Docker images

January 10, 2019

Learn how to use Oracle Instant Client Docker images in your environment.

Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 13c Release 3 (13.3.0.0) Database Template

January 10, 2019

I am currently working on a project to install Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control Release 13.3 and was looking for a more simplified method to create a 12.2 database with all the required components. I was excited to find: Creating a…

Enable X11 Forwarding After Sudo SSH Session for AWS EC2 Linux Instance

January 9, 2019

Working with a secure environment presents some challenges and this post will demonstrate how to overcome one of the challenges. Prerequisites: Configuration for X-Windows must have been completed. Scenario: From laptop, connect to dinh@host, then connect to ssh ec2-user, then…

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…

Upgrading Grid Infrastructure from 12.1 to 12.2 in Exadata

January 7, 2019

1 Pre-requisites / preparation 12.2 Grid Infrastructure and Database Upgrade steps for Exadata Database Machine running 11.2.0.3 and later on Oracle Linux (Doc ID 2111010.1) Patches to apply before upgrading Oracle GI and DB to 12.2.0.1 (Doc ID 2180188.1) 1.1…

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…

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…

EM 12c, EM 13c: Delete Agent and Targets Using emcli

December 19, 2018

It’s feasible to delete agents and targets using GUI but can take a lot of work depending on configuration and security. Some of the complexities involve port forwarding and access to web browser which is not always available or simple…

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….

Migrating to Microsoft SQL Server Server or Azure SQL Database

December 10, 2018

Migrating to Microsoft SQL Server Server or Azure SQL Database – A Webinar by Warner Chaves REGISTER TODAY Are you considering a migration to Microsoft SQL Server or Azure SQL Database? Before you go any further, join Warner Chaves, Pythian’s…

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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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