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From books to software

2014 June 18
by Josette Garcia

logo_color-(JPEG)_display2I have some exciting news to share – I have joined 2ndQuadrant as Community Manager. It is a rather different role for me even though I have been working with the Open Source community for years – Perl, Python, PHP, Linux have no secrets but then why am I so nervous?  Could the reason be that a book is a very physical thing and even though I did not understand the content, I could always grab one and read the preface or about the animal on the cover. Software for a non-techie is rather elusive, full of mysteries –can’t see anything, can’t touch anything but I am sure I will get used to it.

Why 2ndQuadrant?

  • You guessed 2ndQuadrant work with the Open Source community and provide lots of add-ins to PostgreSQL which are free for everyone to work on.
  • I like the philosophy of 2ndQuadrant as a big part of the revenue is ploughed back into the community.
  • It is a worldwide company with offices in US, UK, France, Italy, Germany, Nordic region and South America.
  • Collectively 2ndQuadrant provide over 100 man years of PostgreSQL expertise in all areas of the Database Lifecycle Management process.

First days out

I will be attending the following conferences:

  • CHARChar(14), Milton Keynes, 8th July – for anybody interested in  Clustering, High Availability and Replication and much more. 2ndQuadrant and Translattice will be presenting the important new technologies of BiDirectional Replication (BDR). BDR will be explained in more details offering you the first opportunity to understand how it works and understand what implementation options are available – directly from the developers.
  • PG Day LogoPGDay, Milton Keynes, 9th July – With talks on PostgreSQL features in 9.4, Migrating rant & rave to PostgreSQL, Business Intelligence with Window Functions, New BI features from the AXLE project and much more, PGDay focuses on bringing PostgreSQL users to a whole new level of understanding. It will cover the core topics you need to be successful with PostgreSQL and will give you the opportunity to network with fellow users.

“My community”

If the members of your User Group, colleagues from your Company or Institution are interested in PostgreSQL, please let me know as I would like to build a bigger, stronger community around this database.  Also please let me know of any conferences, events we should attend or anything else I should look into.  You will find my email on the “About Me” page.

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  1. avatar
    Constantin permalink
    June 18, 2014

    Congratulation Josette

  2. avatar
    June 18, 2014

    Glad to hear about it! We missed you at Pycon Italia last month.

    • avatar
      July 8, 2014

      Hi Nicola
      Thank you for your comments. Hopefully I will be back to Italy, I will just need to change my hat:))

  3. avatar
    June 18, 2014

    Congratulations Josette! That is fantastic news! I’m a heavy MySQL user, I guess I should start looking into Postgres now? ;)

    • avatar
      July 8, 2014

      Hi Stefan
      I am told, I insist I am told that PostgreSQL is so much better :)) Performance improvements, usability, replication and a very active community of users and developers (5 major releases in 5 years). So hopefully when I next see you, you will be a Postgres fan and user.

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