Earlier last year I was asked by the guys at xTuple to join them on their inaugural xTuple user conference, named xTupleCon in Norfolk, VA, to do a
keynote presentation about Open Source in enterprise IT in general and PostgreSQL in particular.
xTuple is an ERP system large parts of which are implemented inside a PostgreSQL datanbase. PostBooks, the core of the xTuple system, is fully Open
Source and offers enough functionality for a lot of companies to base their administration on.
With xTupleCon being a conference for users of the xTuple products, a lot of the visitors were mostly interested in topics around their ERP system. Most of
them have not made a strategic decision to go Open Source. Instead they decided to go for the software that was best for their needs, be it Open Source or proprietary, which again shows that Open Source has become an accepted model of software development.
The xTuple users were well aware how important a piece of software PostgreSQL is for them. Not surprisingly there were a lot of interesting discussions about the features PostgreSQL brings to the table and the advantages they offer for ERP systems. The interest in PostgreSQL as a database for business and enterprise usage was equally high. This became very obvious on credativ's very own Dave Cramer presenting on PostgreSQL configuration. Despite thorough planning the room prooved to be too small to fit all the interested visitors.
To me this very successful conference proved once again that PostgreSQL is currently experiencing an incredible wave of acceptance and has established itself as a professional database solution for businesses just as some well known proprietary databases.
My slides by the way can be found here: http://gauss.credativ.com/~mme/2013/xTupleCon2013_V01.pdf.