“Last week, Salesforce.com ran a job listing calling for a number of engineers with experience in PostGreSQL — an open source alternative to databases like those sold by Oracle. Speculation is already swirling that Salesforce is looking for PostGresSQL engineers so that it can ditch Oracle once and for all, and it’s easy to see why. The listing — sent to the PostGresSQL jobs mailing list and reported by The New York Times — says that Salesforce is looking to hire five PostGreSQL database engineers this year and between 40 and 50 engineers next year for a “huge project.” The engineers are wanted to “design and implement major pieces of the salesforce.com core database infrastructure.””
There is speculation this move by SalesForce is a prelude to quitting Oracle database. If so it could be the beginning of the end of yet another monopoly in IT. Oracle and databases have been synonymous in big business for years but enough have switched to PostgreSQL to prove it works. Would SalesForce be enough to tip the scales?
Oracle can do a strategic withdrawal from monopoly by gradually reducing prices. They certainly could go a long way and remain profitable. They have monopoly pricing only because many businesses consider a discount offsets the cost of migrating to PostgreSQL. It would not take much more than switching to FLOSS web apps and PostrgreSQL for the Oracle monopoly to sag. SalesForce could be the example.