Mission Critical, not Mission Impossible: Lessons in Human Reliability from Aerospace, Healthcare and Nuclear Safety

Best Practices for Businesses
24 April 1:00pm - 1:50pm @ Ballroom D

Drawing from a person-millienia of supervisory experience gained at Pythian, and in-depth research on human reliability in the fields of civil aviation, healthcare and nuclear safety, this session leads the audience through a compelling and vivid description of the stakes at hand in database operations, what we can learn from more mature fields of production engineering, and how to apply and adapt these methodologies to our workloads.


Paul Vallee
Founder & Executive Chairman, Pythian
Paul Vallée founded Pythian, his fourth company, at the age of 25. From its modest beginnings of two employees and a couple of laptops, the company has grown to a team of more than 220 with offices in North America, Europe and Asia. Pythian houses one of the world's largest concentrations of dedicated, full-time DBA expertise, specializing in Oracle, Oracle Applications, MySQL, SQL Server and systems administration for UNIX/LINUX and Windows Platforms. In these past fifteen years since Pythian's founding, Paul has been at the helm of the company through staggering growth, creating a special environment where the industry's best minds want to work and where the industry's toughest problems naturally flow.