"Why Postgres? Why This Database? Why Now?" with Claire Giordano

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Join us on July 23, 2019 as Claire Giordano presents, "Why Postgres? Why This Database? Why Now?".

I spent the early part of my career working on developer tools, operating systems, high-speed file systems, and scale-out storage. Not databases. Frankly, I always thought that databases were a bit boring. So almost 2 years in to my new job at a Postgres company, I continue to be amazed at the enthusiasm of the PostgreSQL developer community and users. I mean, people’s eyes light up when you ask them why they love Postgres. Sure, a lot of us get animated when talking about our newest gadget, the wins and losses of women’s world cup soccer, or mint chip gelato from La Strega Nocciola—but most platform software simply doesn’t trigger this kind of passion. So why does Postgres? Why is this open source database having such a “moment”? Well, I’ve been trying to understand, looking at this “Postgres moment” from a few different angles. In this talk I’ll share what I’ve observed to be the top 10 business, technology, and community reasons so many of you have so much affection for PostgreSQL.

Claire Giordano is a Principal PM Manager on the Citus team at Microsoft. Prior to the Microsoft acquisition of Citus Data in Jan 2019, Claire was VP of Marketing at Citus Data, where she led the team to raise awareness about the worry-free Postgres database that is Citus. Claire has served in leadership roles in engineering, product management, and marketing at Citus Data, Sun Microsystems, Quantum, and A9, an Amazon company. At Sun, Claire managed the engineering team that created Zones, and led the effort to open source Solaris. Claire’s career in tech started in Providence, where she earned an Sc.B. in Applied Mathematics & Computer Science from Brown University.

6:30 PM Doors open for socializing and food.
7:00 PM Announcements, speaker introduction, presentation, Q&A.
8:15 PM Closing announcements, wrap up.
8:30 PM Event ends.

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