Interview with Alicja Kucharczyk Written by Pavlo Golub on 17.02.2020

Alicja Kucharczyk

Alicja, currently working at Microsoft as EMEA Global Black Belt OSS Data tech Specialist – is a PostgreSQL expert, both an experienced developer as well as administrator and PostgreSQL coach with strong practical knowledge of Linux and their mutual interactions. Particularly interested in performance optimization at different levels. She has consulted a lot of companies, mainly in Poland, providing them with working solutions and supporting them in architecting, deploying, and maintaining PostgreSQL.

She is the founder and organizer of ๐Ÿ˜ Warsaw PostgreSQL Users Group – the group gathering polish PostgreSQL users, speaker at local user groups and conferences, and trying to advocate PostgreSQL and open source in many possible ways.
In the free time seen usually with two dogs 13 and 19 years old, benchmarking on 4U home server or writing games in python.

ย – Is it hard to choose sessions?

I have to say I’ve never seen so many great talks on one list. So wanted to appeal for speakers: please submit some bad talks next year to make ะกfP committee member’s life easier ๐Ÿ™‚

– How do your personal contacts with the potential candidate influence your decision?

If I know that the person submitting a talk combines huge knowledge plus great speaker skills together – like Bruce Momjian or Magnus Hagander – then my favorite talk from submitted by this person always will get the highest note. If I would work with someone – I would abstain, but it wasn’t the case here. And I always regret that some people with huge experience don’t submit talks – because they don’t believe that others would be interested in their story. Which is exactly the opposite in most of the cases!

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