Developers or Their Bosses: Who Really Picks the Database

For years, developers have been downloading databases — largely open-source — to try out the technology. That work is highly influential, but what is its impact on a business's eventual choice of database?

Bob Wiederhold, CEO of open-source NoSQL database firm Couchbase, thinks the market has now entered a second phase in which deep strategic enterprise evaluations are replacing smaller, predominantly developer-driven trials of the first phase of the technology.

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