Speaker Interview with Stéphane Schildknecht
- From full-time onsite DBA to remote expertise. A journey in effective PostgreSQL support
- Wednesday 13:00
- Could you briefly introduce yourself?
- Hello, I’m Stéphane Schildknecht. Living in France, I do PostgreSQL consultancy all over France, and Europe, since the beginning of the century.
- I was the first director of the board of PostgreSQLFr, which I help settle in 2004, and has been until 2010.
- I am PostgreSQL regional contact for the french-speaking Europe, one of the moderator of pgsql-fr-generale and regularly help on french translations.
- I am managing director of Loxodata, The french PostgreSQL consulting company.
- How do you engage with the PostgreSQL Community?
- I started with PostgreSQL in 2001, for an important project in french national health. I liked what I saw, and jumped into that project.
- A few years later, with some other French people we decided to create PostgreSQLFr, a non-profit organization for French-speaking PostgreSQL users in 2004/2005.
- I had my first PostgreSQL talk in 2004.
- In 2005, we had our first booth in Paris during the major opensource event in France.
- In 2008, I helped Jean-Christophe Arnu to organize the first PGDay.fr with PostgreSQLFr in Toulouse (France).
- I'm also involved in translations or proofreading French translations for press releases, and regional contact for the french-speaking Europe.
- Have you enjoyed previous pgconf.eu or FOSDEM conferences, either as an attendee or as speaker?
- I missed Prato, but since then, I was in every pgconf.eu conference. I think it’s one of the best places to meet people contributing to with PostgreSQL, and people working with PostgreSQL.
- What will your talk be about, exactly? Why this topic?
It will be about the different ways a consulting company can help enterprises to acquire PostgreSQL knowledge and skills.
We will try to show that it is possible to have part-time help onsite or remote.
We observed that many companies try to get a full time expert, and that may really hard for many companies. It may be time to change that point of view.
- What is the audience for your talk?
- Every person involved in finding resources to work on PostgreSQL project can find some advice on a different way to handle the problem.
- What existing knowledge should the attendee have?
- No knowledge is needed. It is not about PostgreSQL technique. It is all about handling lack of skilled resources.
- What is the one feature in PostgreSQL 12 which you like most?
- I would say Generated Columns is the first feature I could mention. But, I should also mention Reindex Concurrently or Foreign Keys on partitioned tables.
- Which other talk at this year's conference would you like to see?
- There are so many ;-)
- Which measure, action, feature or activity would—in your eyes—help to accelerate the adoption of PostgreSQL?
- Education is one of them.