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Re: [pgadmin-support] Motivations for PostgreSQL

From: Joshua Kramer <josh(at)globalherald(dot)net>
To: Aaron Bono <postgresql(at)aranya(dot)com>
Cc: Ezequias Rodrigues da Rocha <ezequias76(at)yahoo(dot)com(dot)br>,Postgres <pgsql-admin(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Subject: Re: [pgadmin-support] Motivations for PostgreSQL
Date: 2007-04-10 20:42:49
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You might want to probe a little further.  Even though you know their 
reason for wanting SQL Server - "cause it's what they know" - ask them 
specifically what advantages SQL Server will give them over their current 
setup.  If you know what *they think* their objections are, then you are 
better equipped to handle those objections on their terms, which is what 
really matters.

Tell them that you're more than happy to install and use SQL server, if 
they pay for the licensing for Windows, licensing for SQL Server, 
additional hardware, training, and application migration that will *ensure 
that you can continue to provide your excellent, non-interrupted service* 
that you currently provide using PostgreSQL.  And then let them know 
exactly how much that is, in the tens of thousands of US dollars.


On Tue, 10 Apr 2007, Aaron Bono wrote:

> The problem is, this isn't a logical decision they are making.  They are
> only comfortable with Micro$oft and when I mention a database they haven't
> heard of before, they cringe even though I have proven it's ability to serve
> all their needs for the last year.
> What it comes down to is that I need to SELL them on the idea of using
> PostgreSQL or they may just take their business elsewhere just because I
> don't use Microsoft.  I think they may actually rather pay tens of thousands
> of dollars more for that stamp from Borg Gates.
> Are there good articles that compare the databases or talk about PostgreSQL
> - I need to site good references.
> Thanks,
> Aaron
> On 4/10/07, Ezequias Rodrigues da Rocha <ezequias76(at)yahoo(dot)com(dot)br> wrote:
>> Tranfer the responsability (time, cost, performance, training) to your
>> customer.
>> Another thing you could ask them to prove why to use the other plataform.
>> There isn't many differencies about SGDBs performance for me. I prove it
>> by myself and the results where better than Oracle in some cases.
>> I hope you could make, at least, them think about it.
>> --
>> Ezequias Rodrigues da Rocha
>> use Mozilla Firefox:
>> ----- Mensagem original ----
>> Assunto: [pgadmin-support] Motivations for PostgreSQL
>> I have a customer who is beginning to give more attention to the
>> applications we host for them.  They recently asked what database we use 
>> and
>> I told them PostgreSQL.  They had never heard of it and really like
>> Micro$oft SQL Server.  I explained to them the added cost and how 
>> PostgreSQL
>> is a solid database but I need more to convince them.
>> What are some good resources online that discuss PostgreSQL and how it
>> compares to the "more popular" databases?  While it really should be none 
>> of
>> my customers' business what database I use (I am an application service
>> provider), they still make a big deal out of it.
>> Thanks!
>> <>
> -- 
> ==================================================================
>  Aaron Bono
>  Aranya Software Technologies, Inc.
> ==================================================================

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