This is a bittersweet announcement for sure. But, after more than 2 years, I am going to be leaving EnterpriseDB. It's bittersweet because the company is firing on all cylinders and I think they are in a great position with the new messaging and Postgres Plus product family. I think the open source database market is still in its infancy and 2008/2009 will be when the floodgates open. And, while MySQL currently has more money and more downloads, they play in a different market. I think both will be hugely successful. Finally, I would like to think that marketing was firing on all cylinders and making great strides towards becoming the lynch pin for the company. In short, my work at EnterpriseDB was just not done.
But, this move is purely for personal reasons for me. As many of you know, I live over 100 miles from the office. I typically spend 2-3 nights in a hotel up in Edison and this causes me to be away from my family every week for extended periods. And, with three kids, not only am I missing out on all the laughter and tears, but my wife is forced to basically run the house like a single mom. Its not fair to her or the kids and its time for me to step up and be a better daddy and better husband.
I can tell you that I am going to miss all the great people I work with and consider to be friends. I won't mention them by name because there are so many!
Next Friday will be my last day at EnterpriseDB, but this blog isn't going anywhere. I will continue my abuse of Oracle and others when necessary and keep in close contact with EnterpriseDB. This blog will evolve over time and may stray into new areas as I pursue other technologies and markets, but it will always be about marketing technology.