May 15, 2015

Getting Ready for the Red Stack Academy

As you know, my previous company Gridwise has been purchased by Red Stack Tech, a global platinum Oracle partner present in the UK, Australia, USA and now in Poland. Red Stack services daily 2600 databases including 62 Exadatas. I continue serving the company as Red Stack’s Global Analytics Lead and the coordinator of the local affairs. Red Stack acquired Gridwise for a reason. It is my hometown Kraków, Poland where we will soon see the launch of a new, exciting project: the Red Stack Academy.

Red Stack Academy is the long-term education project, fully funded by Red Stack. Starting Q4 2015, it will offer 12-months teaching curriculum for talented young individuals interested in becoming database professionals and handle operations of very large database systems. Participating students will receive monthly stipend and with ability to attend the Academy while continuing their daytime education. They will learn the architecture of relational databases, Oracle database maintenance, troubleshooting, backup and archiving, database migration, consolidation, lifecycle,  data replication, ETL, data warehousing, SQL, Engineered Systems and more. Selected graduates will be offered full-time positions at Red Stack Tech Krakow, at the prestigious Browar Lubicz office. The project will be initiated with a series of open lectures open to general public between 19 May – 12 June 2015.

I am excited to coordinate the launch of this project, with positive impact for Krakow’s economy, education and stopping the talent drain from Poland.

We invite universities, administration units, press and commercial networking associations to cooperate in the project, organizing the lectures together and discussing the curriculum content. Please contact: the local project coordinator at Red Stack Tech, Paweł Płaszczak: pawel.plaszczak – at - redstk.com

We invite talented individuals in Kraków, including students and professionals, to enroll in the Academy program. Do you understand the basics of IT, including the elementary Unix system administration and programming? Do want to grow your technical skills to become a certified Oracle expert within 12 to 24 months? Start by attending the Open Lectures, led by experts with 20 years of experience. There you will understand better the job of a Database Administrator (DBA), a Data Warehouse Architect, a Big Data Solutions Engineer or a Data Analyst. This will help you define your career path. Good luck, and see you soon!

If you do not live in Kraków, and still are interested in this project, please monitor our website - the lectures in English will soon be available online.

January 13, 2015

Gridwise acquired by Red Stack Tech

Dear Friends, Partners and Clients,

On 18th December 2014, Gridwise got acquired by the British group Red Stack Tech. This announcement comes with great satisfaction.

11 years after inception, Gridwise developed into a well known, reputable data analytics and database service provider. Together with our staff, clients and partners, we created a growing healthy business.

Its loyal and dedicated personnel, trusting customers, transparent procedures and high service standards has meant Gridwise has been able to show significant growth in attracting customers from all over the globe. We have served clients in our homeland Poland and 15 other countries, totaling in some 200 commercial projects and cooperation with 30 universities. In 2014, again all (100%) clients decided to extend their contracts with Gridwise. We also saw a record 75% annual increase of the number of database maintenance contracts. Simultaneously, our Big Data team successfully delivered new innovative Data Analytics projects.

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November 02, 2013

Gridwise turns 10, and rebrands.

Pawel Plaszczak, Prezes
Pawel Plaszczak
CEO

This Fall Gridwise turned 10. Over the past decade we learned a lot, and we helped many. We served clients and partners in 15 countries, contributed to the rise of Grid, Cloud, relational databases and warehouses, Business Intelligence, NoSQL, and Big Data. We served as workplace to many fantastic people.

In 2003, Gridwise was established simultaneously in Poland and the USA. We purchased the domain “gridwisetech.com” to signal our international presence. In those times, the domestic demand for our big data skills wasn’t strong in Poland. We were mainly serving the foreign markets. To many clients, our American presence was more important than the Polish one.

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April 08, 2013

GridwiseTech: 12-month summary, and 12-month plan

Dear Friends, Customers and Partners of GridwiseTech:

While the majority of GridwiseTech clients reside in Poland, our daily news are published in Polish through website, blog and facebook. In order to provide insight regarding our international clientele, we’ve prepared this post to sum up what happened in the last 12 months and what will happen soon.

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April 04, 2013

Press release: SME from Poland available to join EU projects

GridwiseTech, a SME (Small-medium enterprise) from Poland, is eager to cooperate with international academic consortia applying for European research funding. GridwiseTech is highly specialized service company focused on data management layer of IT systems. GridwiseTech’s professional services aims nontrivial issues related to large data and databases, with particular focus on:

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June 18, 2012

2nd GlobusEUROPE conference

The second GlobusEUROPE annual conference will be held on 17th September 2012 at Prague, Czech Republic.

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March 18, 2012

Invitation for EGCF Meeting on March 26

The European Globus Community Forum (EGCF) is following on the success of its first-ever annual meeting in 2011 by hosting its second forum meeting on March 26, 2012 during the European Grid Infrastructure Community Forum (EGI-CF).

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April 03, 2011

GridwiseTech named Oracle Partner of the Year 2011

On 15th March 2011, two hundred and fifty Oracle partners, experts, analyst and media representatives gathered at the annual Oracle Partnernetwork Satellite Day, organized by Oracle EMEA. During the event GridwiseTech has been named the Oracle Partner of the Year 2011. This annual title is awarded for exceptionally successful deployments of Oracle technology.

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September 02, 2010

Six guiding principles to Consolidate your IT

Over the last decade enterprises have invested heavily in IT systems to support their growing business needs. However, this has increased the complexity of system integration and forced companies to invest more heavily in ongoing  maintenance. Annually 65 –70% of the IT budget is allocated to cover these costs. Today, companies are revisiting their IT strategy and looking for ways to consolidate their IT in order to reclaim this investment, reduce maintenance and support future growth.

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May 31, 2010

Scalable federated security with Kerberos

In my last post, I outlined considerations that need to be taken into account when choosing between a centralized and federated security model. So, how do we implement the chosen model? Based on a real-world case study, I will outline a Kerberos architecture that enables cutting-edge collaborative research through federated sharing of resources. This is an extract from the full article which can be downloaded here.

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