Tonight was an award night – and I was announced a winner!!! There will be official pictures and videos, but one, for now, I want to share this video of me accepting the award.
For me, this award first and foremost goes to Postgres, the most advanced Object-Relational database. All the new technologies which we implemented at Braviant Holdings are based on Postgres, with no third-party products.
Also, I am immensely thankful for the support of Braviant Holdings leadership team. I won’t be able to accomplish all I’ve accomplished without that.
First of all, a big THANK YOU to everybody who reached out congratulating me for becoming a finalist in the “Technologist of the Year” nomination. This nomination is especially important for me, because I’ve always strived to apply the best CS theories for the success of the business. I do not believe in approaches, which can’t be used in practice. However, I think that applying the right theoretical principles in the industry can have a tremendous impact.
Another aspect important to me is that all my innovations are related to PostgreSQL. If I were asked to name the three most important things which I’ve introduced at Braviant Holdings, it would be
The wide usage of FDW both in OLAP and OLTP
The usage of pg_bitemporal in both OLAP and OLTP
Abandoning ORM and using JSON -based data exchange between applications and databases
There is more in my blog about all of the above, but what I want to point now – each of these Top 3 is about using PostgreSQL in an innovative way.
The award descriptions say:
Presented to the individual whose talent has championed true innovation, either through new applications of existing technology or the development of technology to achieve a truly unique product or service.
Isn’t it precisely what I just said :)? Do I want to win? Absolutely! Do I think I can win? Yes! Can you help me :)?…
Several people reach out to me, telling me that they have difficulties casting their votes. I agree that the voting process is at least contra-intuitive. So let me explain it step by step.
Then, click where it is said to CREATE LOGIN. It says that you can login with your Facebook account, but this does not work. So you will need to create a login. After that, you need to click on the large grey “Like” on the very top. Wait for a response to make sure your vote is counted.
Also, there are SHARE buttons, and unfortunately, the most important one – Share on LinkedIn – does not work. Others work fine, so you can help me by sharing with your network 🙂
And one more thing – this voting is only opened till August 16, so please don’t delay 🙂
Last Friday, I participated in the first conference call of the DEI Work Group of PostgresConf. And if you are wondering what DEI means, it means Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion.
The whole conversation started at the PostgresConf 2019 in New York. There we had a diversity panel on the last day of the conference. I was mildly unhappy with both low attendance and somewhat too universal coverage of the issues of diversity. I think that the striking lack of diversity in the Postgres community is a bigger problem than in IT in general, and was expecting a more in-depth conversation.
And then a usual exchange happened. I am a person of action, and I can’t complain about anything without proposing a solution (even when nobody asks for one!). But this time I was actually asked whether I will be interested in doing something to improve the situation, and granted, I said Yes!
Now all the things I finally coming together. Details are available at the PostgresConf web site in the July Newsletter.
I am really looking forward to working on improving the situation, because – guess what? – I have some ideas! And all my friends and colleagues, current and former, know that if I believe something should be done – it will be done 🙂
We had a great meetup of Chicago PUG last night with the first appearance of YugaByte DB. Thank you so much, Amey Banarse, for a very informative and engaging presentation!
Please take notice that there will be no meetup in August – enjoy the rest of the Summer, and I will see you all in September. Watch for the announcement!
Hi everybody! If for any reason you’ve missed the announcement, here is one more reminder: the PG Open 2019 conference has been announced; it will be held in Orlando FL on September 11-13.
Please check out the conference website for details. Now it’s time to submit your talk proposal! A good part of the Postgres community conferences is, that you do not need to submit the actual talk – you just need a couple of paragraphs, which state, what you are going to talk about. I would like to encourage everybody who’s done something interesting with Postgres to consider a talk submission. I want to stress it one more time: it is not difficult. You do not have to be a mamber of the Postgres Core Team to submit a talk! And remember, if your talk will be selected, you will participate in the conference for free!
I’ve presented this talk a week ago as a part of “Braviant Talks”, where people from different departments of our company talk about what their department is doing. It intended to be as non-technical as possible, which I think was achieved, at least to some extent, and … I just like how it turned out:). Enjoy 🙂