EnterpriseDB Announces Partnership with Somerford Associates to Support UK Expansion Following G-Cloud 7 Approval

Date -2016-03-29 Location - LONDON and BEDFORD, Mass. Somerford Associates will work with EDB to identify key accounts in which the EDB Postgres™ database, tools software, and services can offer customers the benefits of an enterprise-ready open database, while also delivering significant savings on license and maintenance fees. Somerford Associates are respected experts in implementing robust, mission-critical applications, and they have identified a growing appetite among key sectors, such as federal and local government for open source-based databases, as a way to meet demands for budget cuts so that resources can be reinvested in modernizing IT infrastructures. 

“In the past year, we have seen a dramatic increase in the number of enterprise customers that want to understand how they can move away from the punitive and costly fees of established database providers, while maintaining enterprise-class functionality,” said Mike Huseman, Senior Vice President of Global Sales and Business Development. “Our partnership with Somerford Associates is part of a deliberate, focused strategy to address this growing demand in the UK because they are well known as experts among enterprise customers.  We are very excited about our prospects for growth in 2016 in the UK and we are delighted to be working with Somerford Associates.” 

In its State of Open Source RDBMS 2015 report, published in April 2015, Gartner predicted that by 2018, 70% of all new and 50% of all existing workloads would be running on open source RDBMSs. Gartner further recommended that IT departments should add an open source database as a standard infrastructure choice for a large majority of new enterprise applications and replace commercial RDBMSs wherever specific functionality was not required.  For the second year in a row, Gartner positioned EDB in the Leaders Quadrant in its influential, annual Magic Quadrant report of operational database management system vendors. EDB views this as recognition that as the leading provider of open source-based Postgres products and services, EDB has become a dominant competitor in the database marketplace. 

“With the recognition of Postgres as a real alternative to traditional solutions, EDB is in a unique position to deliver measurable value to enterprises under pressure to realize greater value from their technology spend,” says Andy Davies, Managing Director at Somerford Associates. “Having seen the number of major companies and large government departments already deploying EDB, we are confident that the combination of our local and industry knowledge of EDB will enable us to develop robust, reliable solutions for key applications.”

Somerford Associates also has deep knowledge of the Government’s G-Cloud program and will work with EDB to design and implement solutions in areas such as business intelligence, information security, and Big Data.  EDB Postgres solution Standard and Enterprise versions were recently approved for the UK Government’s G-Cloud Digital Marketplace framework G-Cloud 7 for hybrid deployments or full cloud deployment with preferred G-Cloud provider.  G-Cloud Digital Marketplace is an initiative designed to help government departments and wider public sector organizations find and compare suppliers through the Digital Marketplace - an online portal for Cloud IT services.  G-Cloud 7 is the latest iteration of the Government’s procurement framework that aims to simplify the way in which the UK public sector procures IT services.

Somerford is hosting an EnterpriseDB marketing event in London on 27th April and Leeds 5th May, which will highlight how EnterpriseDB is helping public sector organisations to achieve significant savings in their database expenditure.

To learn more about how EDB helps agencies transition to and deploy open source platforms, please contact us at sales@EnterpriseDB.com.

About Somerford Associates

Somerford Associates is a Premier Partner with leading-edge providers of innovative, disruptive, agile technologies for information Security, Operational Intelligence and Open Source databases, working with some of the UK's largest companies and Government Departments. These innovative technologies are disruptive to existing solutions, ensuring they are robust, value for money, and implemented quickly when compared to alternative solutions.

[1] The State of Open Source RDBMSs, 2015, Donald Feinberg & Merv Adrian ( Apr. 21, 2015).

[2] Magic Quadrant for Operational Database Management Systems, Donald Feinberg, Merv Adrian, Nick Heudecker, Adam M. Ronthal & Terilyn Palanca (Oct. 12, 2015).