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We are featured in buitinchicago!

Yesterday our tech team was featured in the buititchicago blog post All about impact: Why 6 Chicagoans left corporate life for startups. I am seconding everything what was said about our culture, and I love this picture of our team!


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One more database position at Braviant Holdings

We have one more opening! And we want to fill this one ASAP. Here is a position description (and a place to apply): Postgres DBA at Braviant

A person in this position will be reporting to me, helping me to build the state of the art system, using the most cutting-edge technologies, and last but not least – will be able to learn the best practices of the trade from me. The position description is more DBA-like style, and that’s what I need most at the moment, but if a person in this position will show interest in more database development work, the opportunities are endless.

More exciting things to do, than anybody can imagine, but I desperately need at least one more pair of hands!



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We are hiring again

Or, to be more specific – I am looking for a next member of our database team. I am looking for a database developer, who can and wants to work with the applications and application developers. Or may be the opposite – an application developer, who wants and can switch to the database development. This person should have a solid knowledge of  math and be able to distinguish between good  SQL and bad SQL.

What I mean: it’s OK if a person does not know what the CTE is and how to use them, it’s way worse if a candidate does know what a CTE is, but does not know why and when they should be avoided.

And yes, I know I have extremely unrealistic expectations :), but I still hope there is somebody, who is interested in working with unique new technologies, and in being a part of a real technological adventure!

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When working remotely does not work

About a week ago this article from Atlantic landed in my Inbox from one of many newsletters.

And now, returning home from just three days of working remotely, I think about how I agree with many of the points this article makes.
In general I am very thankful, that I have an option of working remotely periodically, but only because otherwise I will have to skip work entirely each time I travel.

I’ve always been a great proponent of remote work, arguing that it can be as efficient, as working in the office if not more, using my work with NY Department of Education as an example. But I have to agree with this article: times have changed. And now I have no doubts, that working remotely for me in my current position should be very limited – both to my own benefit and the benefits of the projects I am working on (which, to be honest, is almost the same thing :))

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Help wanted!

Since I’ve realized, that our job postings on LinkedIn are not current, I am posting here 3 positions which I personally is most interested to fill. All these people we’ll work very closely with me (for those of you, for whom that’s a plus :))

App Developer

Database developer

System analyst

There are matching junior positions for each senior position:)

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A major accomplishment

It’s almost the end of the year. And it sounds like the most improbable day to write something about work, especially voluntarily.  But I’ve being really busy working  for the past several weeks (and months, to that matter).

But now I have something really exciting to report. And that “something” happened on Wednesday last week. On that day we stopped the automated emailing of reports from the old datawarehouse. Which of cause means, that we have all needed reports set up to run and email results from the new datawarehouse, which I have being building for the past seven months.

On one hand it seems like it took too long – the data was there and available for a while. But it always takes lots of time to convince people, who are used to the old ways, that they need to switch to the new system, the the new system is better, more accurate, etc. Besides,as it almost always happens, on the day that we’ve announced that “the old reports will be discontinued”,  the whole bunch of reports never converted to the new system emerged out of nowhere…

We were able to convert all these reports, to validate their results with business, and to shut down the automated reporting as planned.  And that means a lot for me, because it’s a very practical result of all my work since I’ve joined Braviant.  I do not have any illusions regrading this “sunset”, I know that there may be still multiple cases of “I need to see this old report” and such. And even after all user access to the old system will be disabled, we’ll need to archive the data for auditing purposes. But in any case I consider the current status as a major accomplishment, and a very material result of my work.

Of cause I won’t be able to accomplish that task without my wonderful co-workers, and since we are a small company, the input of each individual made a huge impact on the successful achievement of that goal.  I am in a very good place now, in all possible meanings of this word 🙂

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Attention chicagoans!

For those of you, who work and/or live in our great city: I have some exciting news to share!

About 3 months ago my company Braviant Holdings moved to the new office; and most of my friends already heard me bragging about this new space, how cool is it. Now you’ll actually have a chance to see this office with your own eyes, since January Chicago Postgres User Group meeting will take place right there, in our new office!

Please check out the event here; if you used to attend the PUG meetups in the past but for some reason stopped, it might be a good idea to have a fresh start in the New Year. And for those of you who never attended – why not to give it a try?

We are going to expand the scope of our presentations, addressing not only “some cool stuff which only experienced DBAs can do”, but some basic Postgres “how-to”. If you are an application developer who is using Postgres, but never had a formal SQL training; if you are a data analyst, who need to run reports on Postgres database, if you are just starting some new project and are not sure which of the Open Source databases will be a right choice for you – you might find something useful attending the PUG meetups.

Even more: you can help us to decide, what will be a topic of our next meetup – we are ready to hear your suggestions. Also, the greatest Postgres DBA ever Jerry Sievers will be there to answer any questions you have.

So… please RSVP 🙂 (on the Chicago PUG page!)


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