Business Insights
Business Insights

Creating your Lean Canvas

November 28, 2022

In our previous post we discussed creating a data strategy storyboard. This first asset is important to align our executive and working teams on the measures and work tracks of our data strategy. Next, we explore the Lean Canvas (LC)…

Growth and insight, it’s all thanks to data

November 18, 2022

Dear Data, Looking back at our journey, I can’t believe we’re approaching two decades of partnership. When we first met, I had no idea what an important part of my life you would become. I had no idea what an…

Data – You’re Actually What Makes the World Turn

November 15, 2022

Dear Data, Remember that time we went on a whirlwind tour around the globe? In just a few weeks, we visited so many historical places. We met so many interesting people. And we ate so much delicious food!   My favorite…

Identifying Data to Accelerate our Data Strategy

November 9, 2022

We previously discussed the successful formula for creating and executing an organization’s data strategy. The process of developing a data strategy should be led by executives focused on transformation, go-to-market or data. While the technology teams should be part of…

Defining your Data Strategy

November 1, 2022

Today, we are kicking off our series on data strategy. We will explore how to create a data strategy for your organization that is aligned with delivering on key corporate objectives. We will explore various tools and methods to create…

Approaching Master Data Management

October 27, 2022

Our previous post focused on ‘lightweight governance’ – enabling engineering and product teams across an organization to execute with a high level of autonomy. This drives success by having access to context regarding policies and standards, shared technology tools for…

The five key Requirements for a successful SAP data management strategy

October 25, 2022

Introduction In our last blog article on data management and the DART methodology, we discussed the importance of Actions—or strategies—on enterprise data management strategy. Understanding what Drivers are exerting pressure on your business can help shed light on what Actions…

Does your IT team have the resources to properly manage your Google Workspace environment?

October 20, 2022

You already have Google Workspace. But are your users getting the most out of it? In a Forrester study commissioned by Google, interviewed organizations said the migration to Google Workspace transformed the way their employees worked—which, according to Forrester, resulted…

Understanding the Scale of our Data Governance Program

October 19, 2022

Previously we discussed the role monetization plays in creating new revenue streams for organizations and the demands it places on our data governance programs to ensure legal obligations are met and produced data products are of high quality. Early decisions when building your…

Developing Capabilities Takes Practice

October 17, 2022

In my previous blog, “What’s the Measure of a Maturity Model?”, I discussed the idea that a maturity model may be inherently flawed in its focus, which measures the qualitative characteristics of the process against an idealized model of maturity instead…

Data Monetizations Impact on Data Governance

October 14, 2022

In our previous discussion we explored the application of data governance programs to legacy technology platforms. We explored methods to ensure high levels of integrity with data managed on these legacy platforms and what organizational investments allow us to reduce risk and…

How to optimize your Google Cloud consumption with self-managed tools from Pythian

October 13, 2022

Migrating workloads to the cloud allows for scalability, elasticity and agility that can help businesses push out new products, streamline supply chain costs and even reach new markets. But the shift from a fixed price to a variable utility-style usage…

How free funds can help you go further with Google Cloud

October 11, 2022

Google Cloud is changing what’s possible in the cloud with advanced technologies like analytics and machine learning capabilities. That means cloud migrations are no longer just about lifting and shifting workloads to the cloud, but about fundamentally transforming the way…

Switching to a new Google Cloud partner?

October 6, 2022

Google wants to ensure that its customers are successful in the cloud. To do that, partners play a vital role, particularly in areas that require skilled expertise such as data analytics, artificial intelligence, Kubernetes and other emerging tech. That’s why…

Don’t skip the most important part of your Google Cloud journey!

October 5, 2022

Organizations are turning to the cloud to reap the benefits of scalability, flexibility and cost savings as part of their data transformation efforts. But these environments are complex and require a strategic approach from the outset. Google Cloud is increasingly…

Tailor Business Cases for Digital Transformation

October 4, 2022

Running a business in a technological era is exciting, however tough to keep up with. It seems like everyone and their neighbor has the latest and greatest when it comes to maintaining a technological edge. Landscape shifting services and products…

Data Governance in Legacy Environments

October 3, 2022

In our previous post we discussed the governance requirements for creating, managing and deploying analytical models. Analytical models do not stand on their own in today’s complex data landscapes. They have unique needs that must be captured in policy, automated…

A Lifetime of Loving Data

September 29, 2022

Dear Data, As you know, I’ve always been a “numbers guy”.  I was a math award winner, calculus book prize champion, and national merit scholar based on you!  My second master’s degree was all about you with an engineering bias…

How to get the most value out of your SAP data (hint: you need a plan)

September 28, 2022

Introduction As data’s importance in business grows, so do the pressures it exerts on modern organizations. In the wake of these demands—or Drivers, as outlined in SAPinsider’s DART (Drivers, Action, Requirements, Technologies) model—enterprises strive to turn data into value. As…

Get set up for success in Google Cloud

September 27, 2022

Whether you’re thinking about migrating to Google Cloud or you’re already there, you need the time, resources and internal expertise to support this platform—particularly if it’s part of a larger multi-cloud environment that includes AWS, Azure and/or other cloud platforms….

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Technical Track
Technical Track

How to deploy a Cockroach DB Cluster in GCP – Part I

November 29, 2022

CockroachDB is a distributed SQL Database that has been gaining popularity in the last years because of its features. It is easy to deploy, with strong consistency, designed for the cloud, it has distributed transactions and easy to scale. Not…

Creating your Lean Canvas

November 28, 2022

In our previous post we discussed creating a data strategy storyboard. This first asset is important to align our executive and working teams on the measures and work tracks of our data strategy. Next, we explore the Lean Canvas (LC)…

Amazon EFS Top-Talkers

November 22, 2022

Recently, I was helping a client with their AWS Elastic File Service (EFS), which is a managed NFSv4.1 service, with some additional connectivity and authentication capabilities. I was new to this client, so had little prior knowledge of their NFS…

pt-online -schema corner case: When you don’t want to replicate your alter activities across the whole cluster.

November 21, 2022

Intro When we want to perform a heavy ALTER TABLE against  a several gigabytes table the options are quite a few but the one I tend to use the most is pt-online-schema-change (pt-osc). This tool is very mature and solid…

Oracle DBMS_CLOUD package with AWS S3

November 18, 2022

The package DBMS_CLOUD was first introduced in the Autonomous Database to provide a simple way to interact with an object store from the database. It is now available for on-premise databases starting with 19.9c and 21c. It works with OCI,…

MongoDB Backups and Point In Time Recovery – part 3

November 17, 2022

This is the third and final post in the series of blog posts for MongoDB replica set backups with Point In Time Recovery (PITR). This will be focused on restores, particularly details on PITR using the full and incremental backups….

Interesting variations in outcome when cloning a CDB with a subset of PDBs in Oracle

November 15, 2022

Recently I was working on a client request where a CDB along with a subset of its PDBs had to be cloned to a new server for testing purposes. This post illustrates that in certain circumstances the outcome of this…

Creating your Strategy Storyboard

November 14, 2022

In our previous post we explored how to inventory existing data assets as a baseline for understanding what assets we have available to influence our data strategy and accelerate its execution. This baseline allows us to quickly identify immediate use…

Identifying Data to Accelerate our Data Strategy

November 9, 2022

We previously discussed the successful formula for creating and executing an organization’s data strategy. The process of developing a data strategy should be led by executives focused on transformation, go-to-market or data. While the technology teams should be part of…

Oracle Datapump Proactive Patching

November 4, 2022

I was speaking at the MOUS 2022 conference last week in Michigan, US, where I attended a session by Roy Swonger (Oracle’s VP DB Utilities) on a deep dive of Datapump. A webinar with the deep dive can be found…

MongoDB incremental backups using the oplog – part 2

November 2, 2022

This is the second post in the series of blog posts for MongoDB replica set backups. I’ll try to show you how to properly run incremental backups using the oplog.rs collection. Restores with PITR using the full and incremental backups…

Defining your Data Strategy

November 1, 2022

Today, we are kicking off our series on data strategy. We will explore how to create a data strategy for your organization that is aligned with delivering on key corporate objectives. We will explore various tools and methods to create…

Approaching Master Data Management

October 27, 2022

Our previous post focused on ‘lightweight governance’ – enabling engineering and product teams across an organization to execute with a high level of autonomy. This drives success by having access to context regarding policies and standards, shared technology tools for…

How to backup MongoDB database using lvm snapshots – Part 1

October 26, 2022

In this series of blog posts for MongoDB replica sets, I will show you how to properly run full backups using lvm snapshot followed by incremental backups using the oplog. I will also cover restores with point in time recovery…

The five key Requirements for a successful SAP data management strategy

October 25, 2022

Introduction In our last blog article on data management and the DART methodology, we discussed the importance of Actions—or strategies—on enterprise data management strategy. Understanding what Drivers are exerting pressure on your business can help shed light on what Actions…

MSDTC and configuration details for cluster/Always On

October 24, 2022

MSDTC: MSDTC stands for Microsoft Distributed Transaction Coordinator, and it is used by SQL Server and other applications when a distributed transaction between multiple machines is required.  A distributed transaction is a simple transaction that spans between two or more…

Backup Tools for PostgreSQL

October 20, 2022

At conferences, the focus is always on innovative solutions. We forget to talk about the core tools that keep our databases functioning. This October, Matt Pearson – Pythian’s Database Consultant, will be evaluating the best backup tools for PostgreSQL.  Evaluating…

Does your IT team have the resources to properly manage your Google Workspace environment?

October 20, 2022

You already have Google Workspace. But are your users getting the most out of it? In a Forrester study commissioned by Google, interviewed organizations said the migration to Google Workspace transformed the way their employees worked—which, according to Forrester, resulted…

Understanding the Scale of our Data Governance Program

October 19, 2022

Previously we discussed the role monetization plays in creating new revenue streams for organizations and the demands it places on our data governance programs to ensure legal obligations are met and produced data products are of high quality. Early decisions when building your…

Pythian’s New Single Sign-on (SSO) Solution for Oracle E-Business Suite (EBS) – Part Two

October 18, 2022

Our mission at Pythian is to help you Love Your Data. Because security is a crucial part of managing your data, we are pleased to tell you about the identity management (IDM) solution Pythian has developed to make it easier…

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Pythian Life
Pythian Life

Hello from Ottawa

November 22, 2022

This month’s postcard comes from Canada’s capital, where Kasia Wakarecy, Senior Director, Operational Innovation, manages Pythian’s data, tools, and processes to optimize our employees’ experience. Kasia was recently nominated for a Women in IT Summit & Awards Series award and was…

Hello from New Zealand

October 14, 2022

This month’s postcard comes from Pythian veteran Shara French who manages a busy team of DBAs from across the globe. Check out how this active country girl and dog mom gets her work done while surrounded by panoramic views of…

Happy 25th Birthday to Pythian!

September 8, 2022

Five months ago, I got this amazing opportunity to work for an IT services company in the People and Culture team and my experience, here at Pythian, for the past five months has been nothing short of excitement. During one…

Kia Ora from New Zealand

September 6, 2022

This month’s postcard is from Dunedin, where Cameron Kerr diagnoses client issues while advising on and implementing solutions that increase site resilience and performance. Read on to learn more about life in South Island, New Zealand, and what inspires and…

Hello from Kemptville, Ontario

August 11, 2022

This month’s postcard is from a quaint Canadian village where a busy operations specialist and mom combines her analytics, DBA, cloud operations, time, and project management skills to support Pythian clients. Read on to learn more about Lauren Geddis and…

Olà from Belo Horizonte, Brazil

July 5, 2022

This month’s postcard is from a friendly town in Brazil where Site Reliability Consultant Joao Assis delivers request, conflict, and resolution assistance to cloud customers. Read on to learn more about his role, what he’s reading, and life in Brazil….

Pride at Pythian

June 30, 2022

At Pythian, one of our core values is We Respect. Because we are a team of over 450 employees based in 28 countries and over 30 languages spoken, embracing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is critical to us in bringing this…

Vanakkam from Chennai to Bangalore

June 3, 2022

Attention to detail is at the heart of project management. But it’s just one of the many skills you need to manage cross-functional projects and programs effectively. This month’s postcard is from Bangalore, where dynamic project manager Bruce Christie talks…

Namaskaram from Hyderabad!

May 2, 2022

This month’s postcard comes from southern India, where Pythian foodie Rohith Kumar supports multiple aspects of marketing campaigns, corporate events and tasks. Read on to learn more about life and work in a growing city.     Where are you…

Bună from Romania!

April 10, 2022

Think project management is all routine budgeting and scheduling? In this month’s postcard, Andrei Bumbu offers a behind-the-scenes peek into his daily life and how he addresses common challenges. Read on to learn more.     Tell us about where…

Namaskāra from Bangalore

March 9, 2022

This month’s postcard comes to us from India. This is our first Pythia—aka one of the women of Pythian—spotlight of 2022. What better way to celebrate National Women’s History Month? Read on to learn more about database administrator Archita Chauhan….

A Recruiter Recruited to Recruit at Pythian

February 10, 2022

Six months ago, I joined Pythian as a Global Talent Acquisition Partner (TA). I often get asked by candidates why I chose Pythian and what my experiences have been like so far. So, here’s the scoop straight from the front…

From Cambridge to West London

February 7, 2022

This month’s postcard is from West London, United Kingdom, where a charismatic Oliver Lee-Stevens does business development, account management and support for small and large-scale clients through their IT transformation. Sales isn’t for everyone, so where does he find his…

From Lake Simcoe to Oakville

January 3, 2022

Curious about data visualization? Think it’s all about geekdom? In this latest edition of Pythian Postcards, Michael McEvenue takes us to a lovely Canadian town located on the shores of Lake Ontario. Read on to learn more about Michael, his…

The Pythian Talent Community

April 23, 2021

Welcome to our round up of everything new and exciting going on at Pythian! This blog post series highlights what #PythianLife is all about, from how we’re keeping our culture alive remotely to exciting new projects we’ve been working on,…

Pythian Named a 2021 Top Employer in the National Capital Region

April 16, 2021

At Pythian we recognize that to help you Love Your Data, it’s important for our employees to love what they do. That’s why we’re so gratified to be one of the 2021 winners of the National Capital Region’s Top Employers…

Top TV and Movie Picks from the Women of Pythian

March 19, 2021

At Pythian we’re known for, and proud of, our diverse group of strong women employees. One of the ways the company shares and celebrates the experiences of the women who work for Pythian is through our Pythia Slack channel. Topics…

Pythian Postcards: Fraijanes, Guatemala

March 2, 2021

Editor’s Note: Welcome to the most recent post in our “Pythian Postcards” series! We’ve visited employees around the world, including Toulouse, France and Singapore. Today, we’re very pleased to have a post from Jose Solares who’s going to help us…

Pythian Postcards: Markham, Ontario

January 22, 2021

Editor’s Note: Welcome to the fourth post in our “Pythian Postcards” series! So far we’ve visited Toulouse, France, Singapore and met Mayuri Lalwani who had recently moved from India to Mississauga, Ontario. Today, we’re so happy to have a post…

Pythian Postcards: Mississauga, Ontario … by Way of India

December 4, 2020

Editor’s Note: Welcome to the third post in our “Pythian Postcards” series! So far we’ve visited Toulouse, France and Singapore. Today, Mayuri Lalwani takes us to her new home of Mississauga, Ontario: Q: Where are you located? A: Currently in Mississauga,…

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