Speaker Interview with Cédric Villemain

Could you briefly introduce yourself?
I have been working with and on PostgreSQL for about 15 years. I was an active board member of the French speaking PostgreSQL association and made the choice to increase my daily PostgreSQL activities by leading 2ndQuadrant in France. This allows me to keep on learning, teaching, using, hacking PostgreSQL since 2010.
How do you engage with the PostgreSQL Community?
I advocate PostgreSQL whenever I can, and this is often possible. I also attend and talk at several meetups and conferences about PostgreSQL and Free Software in general.
Have you enjoyed previous pgconf.eu or FOSDEM conferences, either as an attendee or as speaker?
I’ve taken part in most of the pgconf.eu events, frequently as a speaker but also as an attendee, happy to come and learn from others.
What will your talk be about, exactly? Why this topic?
I’m going to talk about Ansible. Ansible is provisioning software, including configuration and application deployment. I had to use it and found it so easy and so powerful that I just nearly stopped writing bash script to achieve many tasks I had to handle in the context of PostgreSQL.
What is the audience for your talk?
Expected audience is anyone who has to install, configure, manage PostgreSQL clusters. Including those who just want to spawn a few PostgreSQL dockers quickly, or build a rolling-upgrade of PostgreSQL.
What existing knowledge should the attendee have?
This talk should not be very demanding on required knowledge.
What is the one feature in PostgreSQL 12 which you like most?
I think its partitioning performance enhancements. DBs become larger, with demanding workload, the latest PostgreSQL really makes it on this topic.
Which other talk at this year's conference would you like to see?
The question could be: "which talks do you accept to miss..." else the list is very long.
Just for Wednesday, I would not want to miss Alexander talk on "Beyond the pushdowns – distributed query planning and execution" and Andres speaking on "PostgreSQL IO".