Author: Chris Presley

Black Friday and Cyber Monday: the top 7 tips for getting your database ready

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%…

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Datascape podcast episode 18 – getting to know Postgres

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…

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Datascape podcast episode 17: key announcements from Microsoft Ignite

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….

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Datascape podcast: episode 16 – recapping Oracle OpenWorld 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…

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Datascape podcast episode 15 – machine learning primer for enterprise IT with Paul Spiegelhalter

Joining us today we have my esteemed colleague Paul Spiegelhalter. Paul is a data scientist and machine learning specialist with expertise in predictive analytics and algorithmic modeling across a number of industries, including computer vision, online advertising and user analysis,…

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Datascape podcast episode 14 – the impact of automation on the DBA career

In this episode we are going to continue talking about the evolution of the DBA career, specifically as it pertains to automation. Today we are under more pressure than ever to automate our tasks. This is driven by cloud-first initiatives…

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How to hold a great team meeting with remote employees

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…

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Datscape podcast episode 13 – serverless computing—the next evolution of Cloud Systems

In this episode we will be talking about serverless computing otherwise also known as ‘functions as a service’. Now if you’re a data person, before you change the channel, stick around for 60 more seconds! The reason we’re going to…

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Episode 12 – Why you should be paying attention to CosmoDB

Recently Microsoft announced Azure Cosmos DB, the successor for DocumentDB. One of our Datascape regulars, Warner Chaves, called me up to tell me how excited he was and how significant he thinks that this development is to cloud-based databases. By…

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Six tips to help managers manage remote employees

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…

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