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Speaker Interview with Marc Linster

Could you briefly introduce yourself?
I lead the product development and support teams at EnterpriseDB. I have worked with relational databases (SQL Server, MS Access, Oracle) all my professional life, and with Postgres for the last 6+ years.
How do you engage with the PostgreSQL Community?
I attend conferences and work closely with Bruce, Robert, Dave, Rushabh, Amit and others in my team.
Have you enjoyed previous or FOSDEM conferences, either as an attendee or as speaker?
Yes - several Never been at FOSDEM.
What will your talk be about, exactly? Why this topic?
I will talk about migration from Oracle., as that is the most frequent migration path we see from our customers. I will share some of the lessons that we have learned, and some of the data that we collected when we evaluated customer migrations.
What is the audience for your talk?
Anybody who uses/used Oracle and wants to get on Postgres.
What existing knowledge should the attendee have?
Basic understanding of relational databases.
What is the one feature in PostgreSQL 12 which you like most?
Partitioning related performance enhancements and locking improvement. Users coming from Oracle expect this to be the case, and these enhancements make that transition even easier.
I am also excited about JSONPATH.
Which other talk at this year's conference would you like to see?
Which measure, action, feature or activity would—in your eyes—help to accelerate the adoption of PostgreSQL?
  • Conferences that are more sponsor and industry friendly -- if Postgres wants to grow, then it needs to attract IBM, Fujitsu, Google, etc as major sponsors. When Linux got IBM on board, thats when the game changed for Linux. PG has that opportunity too. The tech is right, now we need to get the big players into the fold.
  • Conferences that attract the Postgres ecosystem (Quest, Talend, and other companies building on Postgres)
  • Developer tracks with contributions from adjacent communities (NodeJS, Python, Machine Learning)