Pythian at LISA14

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Pythian is a sponsor at the LISA conference this year, where we’ll be participating in a panel discussion, invited talk, and a birds-of-a-feather session.

Bill Fraser, Principal Consultant in Pythian’s SRE practice notes that this year is different for Pythian. “While members of our team have attended LISA in the past, this marks the second year Pythian will be a sponsor for the event, and the first time we have been accepted to speak.” Bill will be speaking at one of the birds-of-a-feather sessions alongside Pierig Le Saux, another Principal Consultant in Pythian’s SRE practice.

“One of the longest running technical conferences of its kind (this will be the 28th incarnation), the LISA conference is an opportunity to meet, learn from, and network with some of the most respected technical leaders and researchers in the industry,” Bill says. “The conference program features talks, panels, and tutorials on the topics of DevOps, monitoring and metrics, and security, and provides the attendee with an opportunity to learn about the newest tools and emerging technologies in the field.”

“For Pythian, the conference provides us with an opportunity to give back to the community, by showing our support of the LISA conference and USENIX organization, and allowing us to share the experiences of members of our team. We look forward to seeing you there. Please stick around after our talks and introduce yourself, and / or stop by our booth and say hi!”


Birds-of-a-Feather Session featuring Bill Fraser and Pierig Le Saux
Wednesday November 12, 2014 — 7:00-8:00 PM
Grand Ballroom A

Bill Fraser and Pierig, Principal Consultants for the SRE practice at Pythian, will be discussing what it really means to be practicing Infrastructure as Code. They will provide examples of concepts, tools and workflows, and encourage attendees to engage in a dialog of how their day-to-day work is changing.


Remote Work panel featuring Bill Lincoln
Thursday November 13, 2014 — 11:00 AM-12:30 PM

Bill Lincoln, Service Delivery Manager and business advocate at Pythian, will be participating in the Remote Work panel. This panel will focus on how companies handle the remote workers in Ops roles. “When you’re looking for the best talent in the world, remote work is a requirement—not an option,” Bill says. “Finding ways to effectively manage large, remote, teams across the globe is a challenge for any organization and Pythian has built its entire business around this model.” He will be presenting alongside folks from DigitalOcean, TeamSnap, and Etsy.


Invited Talk presented by Chris Stankaitis
Friday November 14, 2014 — 9:00-9:45 AM

Chris Stankaitis, Team Lead for the Enterprise Infrastructure Services practice at Pythian, will be presenting an invited talk called Embracing Checklists as a Tool for Human Reliability.

“A pilot cannot fly a plane, and a surgeon cannot cut into a person without first going through a checklist.” Chris says. “These are some of the most well educated and highly skilled people in the world, and they have embraced the value of checklists as a tool that can dramatically reduce human error.”


Wednesday November 12, 12:00 -7:00 PM
Thursday November 13, 10:00 AM-2:00 PM

The LISA EXPO hall opens at noon on Wednesday, so be sure to stop by Pythian’s booth #204 (we’ll be in good company, right next to Google!) You could win a Sonos Play: 1, and all you have to do is take a selfie. Learn the full contest details at our booth, and follow us on Twitter @Pythian to stay updated!


Pythian is a global leader in data consulting and managed services. We specialize in optimizing and managing mission-critical data systems, combining the world’s leading data experts with advanced, secure service delivery. Learn more about Pythian’s Data Infrastructure expertise.




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