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Speaker Interview: Albe Laurenz

Running PostgreSQL for the Viennese government   Wednesday 11:10   Baltic I

GitHub: laurenz

Could you briefly introduce yourself?

I worked for the City of Vienna for more than 10 years and recently started working for Cybertec.

During my time at the city administration PostgreSQL was introduced there, and I played a critical role in the success story this turned out to be.

I have made small contributions to PostgreSQL during that time, starting with version 8.2.

I also started the open source projects pgreplay and the Oracle foreign data wrapper.

Have you enjoyed previous conferences, either as attendee or as speaker?

The quality and good atmosphere of the European PostgreSQL conferences has drawn me into the PostgreSQL community. It has always been a good experience!

This is the first time I will give a talk.

What will your talk be about, exactly? Why this topic?

I will recount my time with PostgreSQL at the City of Vienna, how we went about introducing PostgreSQL there, what problems we encountered and how we surmounted them.

This should be interesting for people who are facing a similar task. There are several lessons that we learned that others can learn from.

There are a few war stories that I will share to spice the talk up a little - maybe fewer than you would expect after 10 years, but that is a sign that PostgreSQL has worked well for us.

What is the audience for your talk?

People who are involved in introducing PostgreSQL at a big company as decision makers, strategists or DBAs. There is also something in it for people who like to hear stories about "crash and burn" and how things can go wrong.

What existing knowledge should the attendee have?

No knowledge is required except an idea of what a database and a DBA is. It is helpful to know what open source software is.