Don’t let this happen to your CIO

May 6, 2008

I was with the CIO of a very traditional financial institution recently. At the end of our meeting, I said, “By the way, we’ve just announced the closing of our acquisition of MySQL.” The CIO looked at me, and she said, “Well, that’s nice, but we really don’t use MySQL here. We’re a proprietary software shop.” A very eager Sun sales rep was with me who had checked in with his buddy at MySQL and found out that this organization had downloaded MySQL 1,300 times in the last six months.

[The CIO] was stunned by that. A couple of their technology folks who were also there said, “Actually, it’s the No. 1 database all of us use. It’s just that we don’t have a commercial license because we’ve been told we’re a proprietary vendor shop.”


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