Global leader: Roger Burkhardt, president and CEO
Local leader: Jason Leonidas, VP sales and services, Asia-Pacific
Core activity: Enterprise database software
Revenue: US$76 million
Key customers: Qantas, Fisher & Paykel, Emerson Power, Royal Australian Air Force, Barclays Bank, US Coast Guard, NASA, Lufthansa, 3M, Fujitsu, Target, Cathay Pacific, Ports of Auckland, HSBC
The database technology behind Ingres came out of Berkeley University about 30 years ago. In some ways, the technology was a frontrunner for the open source movement, because the software code was distributed and used by other universities.
A commercial company was formed in the 1980s and was acquired by Computer Associates in 1995. In 2005 a group of investors acquired the technology and its core engineers from CA, launching a new company with the Ingres name in 2006. Ingres now has more than 10,000 paying customers in 58 countries and became profitable at the beginning of this year. Using research funded in part by Intel, it released a re-engineered version of its open-source database management system, called Ingres VectorWise.
Ingres claims this database engine, when used for analysing large data sets, can run 10 to 70 times faster than standard SQL relational database systems, based on beta versions run by customers.
Brian Corrigan and Joab Jackson (IDG News Service)
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