Software Industry Leaders Join EnterpriseDB Board of Directors

Date -2005-06-01

Gartner and webMethods Veterans Bring Added Depth
to Open Source-Based Database Company

EDISON, N.J., June 1, 2005 – EnterpriseDB Corporation, an enterprise database company, announced today that software industry veterans Phillip Merrick and Gary Long have joined EnterpriseDB's Board of Directors. Together with Andy Astor, EnterpriseDB's Chief Executive Officer, and Denis Lussier, EnterpriseDB's Chief Architect, Merrick and Long will guide the company as it competes in the enterprise database market. Each of the four directors is also an investor in EnterpriseDB. Director biographies and company information may be found on the company’s website,

"Together, Phillip and Gary bring fifty years of enterprise software leadership experience to EnterpriseDB," said Andy Astor, EnterpriseDB CEO. "As both chief executives and board members, they have brought other companies to dominant positions in competitive markets. Their participation is a great asset and an honor for EnterpriseDB."

Until October 2004, Phillip Merrick was the Chairman and CEO of webMethods, Inc., which he co-founded in 1996. Under his leadership, the company demonstrated the best revenue growth of any U.S. software company between 1998 and 2002 and conducted the then-most-successful software IPO ever in February 2000.

“"Enterprises have been frustrated by the lack of a reliable and scalable open source alternative to their costly proprietary databases," said Merrick. "EnterpriseDB is fulfilling a critical market need by supporting enterprises ready to benefit from open source."

From 1997 to 2004, Gary Long was a vice president of Gartner, Inc., and he continues to work with Gartner in emeritus status. Prior to joining Gartner, Long spent more than 25 years as a company founder and executive in the software products and services industry.

"Andy and Denis are leading a seasoned team at EnterpriseDB to address a multi-billion-dollar market. EnterpriseDB is bringing Oracle compatibility and scalability boosts to what is already the world's most advanced open source database technology," said Long. "That's a formula for success."

EnterpriseDB 2005

EnterpriseDB 2005 (EDB2005) is EnterpriseDB Corporation's enterprise-class relational database management system. EnterpriseDB2005 is built on PostgreSQL, the world's most advanced and mature open source database. PostgreSQL's high performance and scalability make it ideal for update-intensive, high-volume applications, such as online transaction processing (OLTP). EnterpriseDB2005 improves PostgreSQL with enterprise-targeted features, including compatibility with many applications written for Oracle databases. The free public beta release is available for download at, and free technical support will be provided throughout the public beta period.


About EnterpriseDB Corporation

EnterpriseDB provides and supports enterprise-class database products that are based on time-tested open source, that are broadly compatible with proprietary databases and that are robustly reliable and scalable. EnterpriseDB was founded in March 2004, and is headquartered in Edison, N.J. For more information, contact +1-732-331-1300 or visit

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