Shashank Thapliyal, Director-Sales (Government Vertical), EnterpriseDB

With IT penetration reaching the revolution stage in India, enterprises are not looking for just any effective solution, but also for those which are both effective and compatible with maximum number of technologies and come with smaller price tags, says Shashank Thapliyal, Director-Sales (Government Vertical), EnterpriseDB, in an interaction with Elets News Network (ENN)

Tell us about the EnterpriseDB and its operations across the country.

EnterpriseDB is the only worldwide provider of enterpriseclass products and services based on PostgreSQL, which is the most advanced and independent open source database. EDB, headquartered in Pune, provides Postgres Plus products and solutions to both government and corporate customers like the National Informatics Centre (NIC), Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (CAIR), Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC), Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL), Electronics Corporation of Tamil Nadu Limited (ELCOT), Kerala State IT Mission, RajCOMP Info Services Ltd (RISL) and many others in India.

In today’s neck-and-neck competition, why do you think that EDB solutions have an edge over others?

EnterpriseDB provides the most popular enterprise-class features found in the leading proprietary products, but with a lower cost of ownership across transaction-intensive as well as read-intensive applications. Advanced Server also enables seamless migration from Oracle® that saves up to 90 per cent of the cost of typical migrations.

A trend has been observed in the last five-six years that businesses and organisations are looking for costeffective solutions on each layer of overall IT stack. Therefore, that’s where EDB has hit the right chord by providing cost-effective and equally competent products on most cost-effective layer of the whole IT stack – the Database.

We choose only the most used features of commercial databases globally and incorporate them in our product. Typically, this ensures that the end-customer pays for the features, which he wants to use and does not have to even pay for features built in a product, which are not of any use to him. Our technology is based on open standards, so we are compatible and we can integrate, replicate and migrate to and from any other commercial database.

EDB adds enterprise features for (i) Security and Compliance (row level security and auditing), (ii) Performance (scalable partitioning), (iii) Application Development (function packages, array handling, user-defined objects), (iv) DBA tasks (high-speed bulk data loader, extended catalogue views), and (v) Oracle Compatibility.

The government is stressing on the use of IT in every sphere of human activity. What role do you see there for EDB?

With Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Government emphasising on ‘Digital India’ campaign and greater use of technology, requirement for technologies compatible with other technologies, and those that do not lock the user to their own standards are needed. Cost-effectiveness also counts here, as the technology use is set to go down to the taluka level.

We are best suited to be a part of this initiative as our technology is based on open standards and we help the end customer save up to 80 per cent on database management and running costs.

Cost-effectiveness is a major factor here, for the government has to provide a large number of G2C (Government to Citizen) services. This, in turn, saves tax-payer’s money being spent on these projects.

What are your business plans and strategies for future growth?

We are going to target the database market with more new solutions for Automatic Failover Management, recovery tools, replication and customised consulting for the customers on Postgres Plus database. We are also planning to get our database solutions certified by major independent software vendors (ISVs) and application vendors globally. We are now also in the Leaders Quadrant of Gartner for the Relational Database Management System (RDBMS) solutions.


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