Analogy: a similarity between like features of two things, on which a comparison may be based.

One of my Sun colleagues correctly pointed out that I use analogies constantly.  So why not start my blog with one?  One of my favorite things to do is ski.  It is an incredible feeling to arrive at the top of the chair lift the day after a big storm.  Bright sunshine, clear blue sky, crisp clean air, and fresh snow awaits.   The mountain is beautiful and its time lay to down some fresh tracks.   There are so many options.  Choose your own path and make your mark.  It is exhilarating!

I find myself feeling the same way about my new job leading Products and Marketing at EnterpriseDB, The Enterprise Postgres Company.  So how does a person who helped Sun acquire MySQL end up working with PostgreSQL?  It is simple: people, products and market opportunity.   I have long been a fan of open source.  Open source is not just a cost effective solution for the IT manager, it is by far the best way to develop enterprise software.   Outside the firewall with nowhere to hide, wicked smaht (as we say here in Boston) developers and users collaborate to create better software.  Many of the PostgreSQL contributors have chosen to work at EnterpriseDB:  Bruce Momjian, Dave Page, Heikki Linnakangas, Korry Douglas, Pavan Deolasee and Robert Haas (about to come on board).  Several open source business leaders have also chosen to come to EnterpriseDB including Red Hat veterans Ed Boyajian, Jay Barrows and Sean Doherty. In the last few years, the market has consolidated.  IT managers created their data centers to be heterogeneous and now they find themselves being served by one vendor.  Customers want choice.  PostgreSQL is an enterprise class, open source object-relational database and will be that choice.

The best open source product with the right commercial backing will always win.  EnterpriseDB has a dream team that will only be limited by capacity, not opportunity.   I am flattered to be a part of this team.

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