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Kickoff Blue Elephant Pack

May 23, 2024, the kickoff of the Blue Elephant Pack took place. An initiative of OptimaData. With the Blue Elephant Pack we bring together experienced PostgreSQL experts and novice Postgres professionals with commitment, knowledge sharing and coaching. The goal is to strengthen the PostgreSQL community in the Netherlands and stimulate collaboration.

Pieter Groenendijk

Recruitment Consultant
Pieter Groenendijk - Recruitment Consultant

What is the Blue Elephant Pack?

The goal of The Blue Elephant Pack is to support experienced database administrators in their journey toward managing and utilizing PostgreSQL. We believe that by collaborating, learning from each other’s experiences, and sharing knowledge, we can build a strong and resilient community that thrives on innovation and growth.

The Blue Elephant Pack is part of and complementary to the PostgreSQL Usergroup NL. Participants in The Blue Elephant Pack are also members of the PostgreSQL Usergroup NL.

What does it envolve?

The Blue Elephant Pack is a unique concept that combines hands-on masterclasses with a buddy program for experienced database administrators who are new to moderately new to using, designing, and managing PostgreSQL. The program includes:

Self-study materials: Participants receive access to selected study materials to learn the basics of PostgreSQL.

Masterclass on PostgreSQL: Participants gather twice a month in physical and online sessions for classroom-style masterclasses led by top Dutch PostgreSQL trainers. They learn from each other and their buddies through practical cases and use cases from their own projects.

Slack Channel: A Slack channel for participants to support each other, ask questions, and share knowledge outside of regular sessions.

Closing Visit to pgConf EU: The program concludes (optional and voluntary) with a visit to the PostgreSQL Conference Europe, where participants have the opportunity to further enhance their knowledge of PostgreSQL and network with other professionals in the field.

Why you should join?

Learn from experts and peers: Gain access to the expertise of top trainers and experienced database administrators, learning from their practical experiences.
Accelerate your learning curve: Participate in the buddy program to speed up your learning curve and quickly become proficient with PostgreSQL.
Build valuable relationships: Being part of The Blue Elephant Pack allows you to build valuable relationships with like-minded professionals who are dedicated to growth and innovation.
Join a thriving community: Join a community of curious and enthusiastic database professionals who support and encourage each other to enhance their skills and knowledge.
Opportunity for exciting projects: Strengthening your PostgreSQL expertise, leveraging OptimaData’s network, and connecting with fellow participants enhances your chances of landing exciting and specific PostgreSQL assignments.

Plannen in ontwikkeling

In addition to the core elements of the program, there are plans to further expand the program with components such as:

  • Guest presentations and workshops
  • Practical projects
  • Certification options
  • Community events
  • Resource library
  • Peer review sessions
  • Leadership development
  • Case study competition

Added value of OptimaData

OptimaData provides various forms of added value within the program:

Expertise and Experience: OptimaData brings its expertise and experience in databases and PostgreSQL specifically. This includes providing expert speakers for presentations, offering advice and guidance during online sessions, and sharing industry best practices.
Network and Connections: OptimaData has valuable connections within the industry, such as potential employers, other consulting firms, and organizations seeking database administrators. This gives participants access to internship opportunities, projects, or even full-time jobs during or after completing the program.
Project Opportunities: OptimaData can offer project opportunities to program participants, allowing them to gain practical experience under the guidance of experienced professionals. This provides valuable opportunities for participants to apply their skills in real project environments.
Certification Support: OptimaData can support participants in obtaining certifications in PostgreSQL or related areas. This may include providing study materials, exam preparation, and covering exam costs for qualified candidates.
Career Guidance: OptimaData offers career guidance to participants, including assistance with resume writing, mock interviews, and career advice. This helps facilitate participants’ transition into the workforce and enhances their chances of success.

By collaborating with OptimaData, the program offers a wide range of resources, opportunities, and support to participants, enhancing their learning experience and future career prospects.

First group

The kickoff with the first group of participants of the Blue Elephant Pack took place on May 23, 2024. Together with this inaugural group, we will also shape and fine-tune the program further.

Strengthening PostgreSQL expertise in the Netherlands

With this initiative, we aim to boost expertise in the Netherlands in the field of PostgreSQL and thereby make a significant contribution to the PostgreSQL community in the country. PostgreSQL is currently the largest and most popular open-source database platform. Over the past two years, we have observed a growing trend in migrations to Postgres. There is a substantial demand for qualified PostgreSQL experts who can assist and support companies and organizations in the Netherlands during this transition.

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