The State of the Elephant

Location: Ballroom EFGH
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In the State of the Elephant keynote, Ed Boyajian, CEO of EnterpriseDB, and Bruce Momjian, Co-Founder of The Global PostgreSQL Development Group, will present an overview of the PostgreSQL Community. This presentation will include how the PostgreSQL community encourages contributions, determines release features, and maintains a steady release cycle. Highlights of the PostgreSQL 9.0 features, as well as the upcoming 9.1 release, will also be presented.

This keynote is sponsored by EnterpriseDB

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Ed Boyajian


Before joining EnterpriseDB, Ed spent six years at Red Hat®, Inc., the world’s leading open source solutions provider, most recently serving as vice president and general manager of North America. Before that, he was vice president of Red Hat’s global OEM business, responsible for all partnerships, including HP®, IBM®, and Dell®. During his time at Red Hat, Ed was instrumental in developing the foundational methods for selling open source software into the enterprise.

Prior to Red Hat, Ed held executive sales and marketing positions at ArsDigita, an early leader in open source software for building database-backed community websites (acquired by Red Hat) and ServiceSoft (now Kana). Ed is a former U.S. Army Captain, and earned his MBA from Harvard Business School and his undergraduate degree from Boston University.

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Bruce Momjian


Bruce Momjian has been involved with open source since 1991 and has contributed to many open source projects. He is a co-founder of the PostgreSQL Global Development Group and has worked on Postgres since 1996. Bruce is also the author of PostgreSQL: Introduction and Concepts, published by Addison-Wesley. Before joining EnterpriseDB, Bruce was employed by Software Research Associates Open Source Solutions (SRA OSS) in their Postgres support division. Previously, he was vice president of database development at Great Bridge LLC, another Postgres support company. Bruce is a frequent speaker at open source conferences around the world.

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Bruce Momjian
04/15/2011 5:23am PDT

Yes, a common criticism of my keynote address was that I was too apologetic and/or humble, but that was by design. When speaking to an audience that might not be interested in my topic, I often low-ball the presentation because it is an effective way of getting listeners to think about my ideas, and to lower the natural barrier people have to hearing information that conflicts with their long-held beliefs. A humble presentation makes people realize I am not selling anything, and that my information is probably quite genuine and merits serious consideration.

I agree the slides need improvement and have communicate this to the slide author.

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Mark Callaghan
04/15/2011 4:22am PDT

The slides were hard to read (black on blue, font was too small, transitions hid text, ...). Technical content was excellent. I think the content should have “sold” Postgres a bit more. We (MySQL fan boys) don’t mind a sales pitch as long as it includes great technical content.

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