MySQL Users Conference 2006 “MySQL is at the heart of revolutionary changes in computer history.“—Tim O'Reilly
 Co-presented by O'Reilly Media, Inc. and MySQL AB
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MySQL Users Conference Speakers


Brian Aker
Brian Aker is the director of architecture for MySQL when he helps set direction for technology and looks for opportunities to harness and shape the MySQL database for efforts in Web, OEM, and telephony. In his copious amounts of free time he works on Apache and Perl modules, and hacks on the Asterisk Telephony System (hence, never has a working home phone number). In the past, he has been involved with projects for the Army Engineer Corps, The Virtual Hospital, Splunk, and Slashdot. He lives in Seattle with his dog Rosalynd.

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Scott Ambler
Scott Ambler is software process improvement (SPI) who has worked internationally helping organizations to "figure out all this software development stuff." He is the thought leader behind the Agile Modeling, Agile Data, and Enterprise Unified Process and the co-author of Refactoring Databases.

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Michael Anderson
Anderson is the Chief Architect of the Unisys Strategic Program Office for Open Source. Mike is responsible for providing thought leadership and strategy globally for the entire Unisys open source offering. Previously at Unisys, he had established worldwide application architecture strategy for the telecommunications industry. He was the Chief Architect with overall design authority for the Unisys Next Generation Messaging solution for major services providers worldwide. Next Generation Messaging is based entirely on open source components.

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Johan Andersson
Johan Andersson is a Principal Consultant with MySQL with a focus on High Availability and High Performance Clustering. Johan has coordinated the design and implementation of many large-scale database clusters on behalf of clients in a number of industries, including telecomms and high availability e-commerce systems. Johan has a background in high performance computing, and previously, he worked at Ericsson with the development of real-time main-memory databases for the telecom market.

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Philip Antoniades
Philip Antoniades has been an employee of MySQL since 2003, and a Java programmer since 1997.

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Edward Archibald
Edward Archibald, CTO at Continuent, brings over 20 years of software development and team leadership experience, including key contributions to San Francisco Bay Area companies such as Relational Technology, Sybase and Forte Software.

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Kaj Arnö
Kaj Arnö is VP Community at MySQL AB. He promotes the 3 Ps of the MySQL Community: Popularity, Participation and Pioneering -- connecting the external and internal MySQL developers with each other. Kaj believes there are internal connections between his favourite topics which include arranging meetings in a virtual organisation, coping with timezones, managing cross-cultural teams and singing drinking songs (a practice of his native Finland that he is promoting with varied success in Munich, Germany where he's currently living).

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John Paul Ashenfelter
John Paul Ashenfelter is CTO and founder of TransitionPoint.com, where he builds web-based business applications for startups and small companies. He has written the aboutSQL column for O'Reilly's onLAMP.com site, written several books, and speaks about data warehousing and other topics at open source conferences.

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Tobias Asplund
Tobias Asplund works for the professional services team at MySQL AB. He travels the world and gives training classes and performance tuning consulting.

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David Axmark
David Axmark is one of the founders of MySQL AB and has been working with MySQL since before it had a name. His involvement with MySQL began with the idea to make an open source SQL RDBMS to replace an old terminal-based tool named UNIREG.

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Andy Bang
Andy Bang is the director of MySQL Network, responsible for Project Merlin that is focused on the needs of DBAs. Prior to MySQL, he spent over eight years designing the Extensity suite of travel, expense, and time management products. Bang has B.S. and M.S. degress in engineering from UC Berkeley.

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Omer BarNir
Omer BarNir is a software QA architect in MySQL. He has over eleven years of QA/testing experience as a software tester, team lead, and QA manager in testing database, client-server, and web-based applications. BarNir holds a B.S. in statistics; an M.B.A. in information systems, and a software engineering certificate in software quality assurance and testing.

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Michael Baum
Michael Baum is Chief Executive Splunker. Splunk is the world's first search software that indexes and links together all the IT data generated by any service, application or device making it possible for search and navigate running IT infrastructure. It's a radical new approach to troubleshooting and improving availbility. During his career, Michael has been building and managing complex computing environments at Yahoo, Infoseek and several companies he's co-founded. His focus now is applying many of the innovations and affordances that grew out of the Web to the challenges of managing the modern data center.

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Eric Bergen
Speaker biography coming soon.

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Don Bizzell
Speaker biography coming soon.

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Ask Bjørn Hansen
Ask Bjørn Hansen is a software developer and consultant focused on Perl, Apache, Linux and other open source technologies. He has worked with Perl for more than eight years, building large and small systems in Perl, including mod_perl systems serving thousands of requests per second. He is a member of the Apache Software Foundation and has been building and managing much of the perl.org community infrastructure since 1999.

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A. J. Blanchard
Blanchard has 21 years of industry experience, all of it in the telecommunications software sector. Of this experience, 14 years has been spent in the OAM&P (Operations, Administration, Maintenance and Provisioning) area for telecommunications devices. He has worked for such companies as Tandem Telecommunication, Nortel, DSC Communications, and then Alcatel when they purchased DSC in 1998. In 1999, he felt the startup bug and late that year joined IPCell. He became a senior team lead of the OAM&P for the softswitch product. After IPCell was purchased in 2001, he became a Cisco Systems employee working on the BTS 10200.

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Gregory Boehnlein
An active developer of Asterisk, the first open source telephony system, Gregory Boehnlein can address a number of topics about open source telephony -- specifically how VoIP users can benefit from Asterisk-based solutions using MySQL and how Asterisk seamlessly integrates with MySQL for data storage. Examples of Asterisk and MySQL solutions will be demonstrated. Open Source solutions based on Asterisk not only reduce Telephony costs, but also provides a level of flexibility in creating IP-based solutions that proprietary systems cannot yet match. The pairing of MySQL and Asterisk are a match made in heaven!

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Ronald Bradford
Having joined the ranks of MySQL as Senior Consultant in the USA Professional Services since UC2006, Ronald Bradford brings over 17 years experience in Database Modeling and Large Systems Design, Development, and Deployment. He has specialized in Oracle and Ingres Relational Database Management Systems, and has deployed software applications to clients in the government, education, financial, military, and research industry sectors. Combining 7 years working with MySQL in the design and development of web-based applications using various open source technologies including Java and the LAMP stack, Ronald also brings an Aussie flare to MySQL and the MySQL Community.

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Massimo Brignoli
Massimo Brignoli is head of the IT online/voice development division at Seat Pagine Gialle SpA. He's worked on the development of YP and WP internet & new media applications, development of call center software applications, data-center management, and new technologies research for Seat corporate group.

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Reggie Burnett
Reggie Burnett has over eighteen years experience in software development and specializes in .NET and Windows applications. He is currently the architect and maintainer of MySQL Connector/Net.

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Fabrizio Capobianco
Capobianco, a serial entrepreneur and veteran executive at Reuters and Tibco, founded the first Italian web company, Internet Graffiti. He also founded Stigma Online, developer of an information portal product with customers that included Kraft, Novartis, Italian Broadcasting Television, and the Italian Stock Exchange.

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Dorion Carroll
Over the past 15 years, Dorion Carroll has designed and maintained numerous large scale, high availability databases for companies such as Excite@Home, Postini, and, now, Technorati. At Technorati, his work is focused on developing reliable data systems that can scale to meet the demands of 10's of millions of writes per day.

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Luojia Chen
Luojia Chen is a Performance Engineer in Sun's Market Development Engineering Organization. She is focused on making open source applications run and scale well on the Solaris platform. Currently she is working on improving MySQL performance with adoption and integration of Sun's latest technologies, such as DTrace, containers, and SMF.

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Si Chen
Si Chen is the founder and principal of Open Source Strategies, Inc., a strategic and technology consulting firm specializing in open source enterprise software. In this capacity, he has advised both end users and software vendors on the business and technical implications of open source software. He is one of the core developers of the Open For Business open source project and founder of the Sequoia Open Source ERP project.

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Sloan Childers
Sloan Childers is the team lead and architect for MySQL Network 2.0 with over 10 years of server and systems/network management development experience. Prior to joining MySQL, Sloan worked at Pervasive Software to design and build new ecosystem products and Tivoli Systems where he was responsible for the initial integration between the systems and network management software product lines.

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Kevin Cochrane
An early pioneer in the content management market, Kevin Cochrane was one of the four original employees at Interwoven and responsible for Interwoven's product strategy and product definition for its flagship products, TeamSite and OpenDeploy. At Interwoven, Kevin was responsible for helping secure Interwoven's early market presence in the Global 1000 and driving product development to establish Interwoven as a global leader in web content management. Kevin was also responsible for driving strategy around key Interwoven platform extensions, including Interwoven's acquisitions of it's MetaTagger, MediaBin, WorkSite, and LiveSite products. Now at Alfresco, Kevin Cochrane continues to focus on building world-class content management products.

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Jeremy Cole

Jeremy Cole is MySQL Geek and co-founder at Proven Scaling LLC, where he consults on architecture, performance, scalability, reliability, and availability.

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Richard Daley
Richard Daley, Founder and CEO of Pentaho Corporation has held key executive management positions in the Business Intelligence software market for over 15 years. Prior to founding Pentaho he was the Vice President of Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) at Lawson Software (NASDAQ: LWSN) as the result of an acquisition. Richard previously served as the Vice President and General Manager of the Analysis Tools Business Unit  for Hyperion Solutions (NASDAQ: HYSL) as the result of the acquisition of Appsource Corporation, where Richard was CEO. Richard started his career with IBM where he obtained a solid foundation in sales and technology. He has acquired invaluable business, industry, sales, and technical skills from a well-rounded background with successful software, reseller and consulting firms since leaving IBM in 1987.

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Mark de Visser
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Bruce Dembecki
Bruce Dembecki runs LiveWorld's MySQL server farm that is core to monthly deliveries exceeding 100 million page views of Community tools for brands such as eBay, HBO, Expedia, Intuit, A&E, QVC, AOL, Hotels.com, and more. A twenty-year veteran in marketing technology development and implementation, Dembecki studied computer science at Sydney University, Australia.

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Scott Dietzen
Scott Dietzen is widely credited with helping put together the J2EE standard, launching the web application server category, and launching the Java Community Process. Prior to Zimbra, Dietzen was CTO of BEA Systems where he was the principal architect of the technology strategy for the WebLogic product family.

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Paul Doscher
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John David Duncan
John David Duncan ("J.D.") one day in 1991 wandered into a room where there was a Sun workstation and said "what kind of computer is THAT?" He's been working with unix machines ever since, as a systems administrator, web developer, and DBA. He joined MySQL AB in 2004 as a pre-sales support engineer based in San Francsico, and has worked on large projects using MySQL and MySQL Cluster around the world.

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Dirk Elmendorf
Dirk J. Elmendorf is one of the co-founders of Rackspace Managed Hosting and serves as Chief Technology Evangelist. He serves as a research and development leader, helping to develop and evaluate the new products and services he promotes in his evangelical role.

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Matt England
Matt England is the VP, Engineering and Co-Founder of Cleversafe, LLC. He created the system architecture used in the open source release of Cleversafe Dispersed Storage software. Previously, Matt was a Software Team Manager at MTI Technology, a leading developer of disk array products. Mr. England holds a Computer Engineering degree from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

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Juergen Faisst
Juergen Faisst has held executive management positions in the Business Intelligence market for over 15 years. Today, Faisst is chief operating officer at Thinking Networks AG. Prior to Thinking Networks he served as COO and CTO of MIS AG (MIS AG O.N.) and as General Manager of MIK GmbH.

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Bård Farstad
Bård Farstad is one of the co-founders of eZ systems, the software company behind the Open Source Enterprise CMS system eZ publish.

Farstad is working with strategic relations in eZ systems and is an advocate of open source and free software. His background includes a degree in software engineering and electronics and is one of the main software architects behind eZ publish. He has also written several articles for various magazines and is speaking at different conferences.

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Harrison Fisk
Harrison Fisk is one of the leading trainers at MySQL AB, having taught over forty courses during the last two years. He has assisted in creating both the certification exams and the course materials for the popular "Using and Managing MySQL" course upon which the certification is based. Fisk also engages in consulting for MySQL AB, particularly in the field of performance tuning and application design.

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Brad Fitzpatrick
Brad Fitzpatrick was the founder and CTO of Danga Interactive, best known for the popular community blogging and social networking site LiveJournal.com. Fitzpatrick grew LiveJournal from its early days as a hobby project in college to a site with over 13 million accounts. Throughout LiveJournal's history, Fitzpatrick led the development of a number of open source tools and projects including memcached, OpenID, MogileFS, Perlbal, and DJabberd.

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Patrick Galbraith
Patrick Galbraith, who has been involved with open source projects for the past twelve years, is a senior systems engineer at MySQL. His primary focus is MySQL Federated Storage Handler, DBD::mysql enhancements, as well as working on other MySQL storage engine projects. Previously, he headed the Slash development team at OSDN during the initial release of Slash 1.x and 2.0, as well as developing Source Forge Foundries.

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Greg Gianforte
Greg Gianforte has led RightNow from its founding in 1997 to 30 consecutive quarters of revenue growth, 13 consecutive quarters of cash-flow positive performance and a successful IPO. His market vision, leadership, entrepreneurial philosophy and commitment to ethical business practices has enabled RightNow to consistently grow—during a period when many other software companies have stumbled—and to achieve remarkable levels of customer loyalty and satisfaction.

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Sandeep Giri
Sandeep Giri is the project lead of OpenI, a leading open source BI application. He is also the CTO of Loyalty Matrix, a company providing Software-as-a-Service solutions for customer intelligence. An industry veteran of more than 15 years, Giri holds an MS in computer science and writes frequently for software industry journals.

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Chris Gladwin
Chris Gladwin is the founding President and CEO of Cleversafe, LLC. He created the Information Dispersal Algorithms used in the open source release of Cleversafe Dispersed Storage software. Previously, Chris was the Founder, President and CEO of MusicNow, a digital music services company now owned by AOL. Mr. Gladwin is an inventor on 36 issued and pending patents and holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Joe Golden
Joe Golden joined Four J’s in the spring of 2002. As vice president of sales, USA & Canada, he greatly contributed to the region's growth by developing its major account business. His responsibilities include defining the local sales strategy, managing the sales force, and driving double digit growth for the region. Prior to Four J’s, Golden held technical and sales management positions at AlphaBlox (purchased by IBM), Asymetrix (Paul Allen start-up with a successful IPO), and Microsoft. Golden’s most recent graduate degree is a masters in business administration from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.

Golden is passionate about helping organizations solve enterprise-wide challenges using software solutions. He has worked with some of the world’s largest manufacturers, distributors, and retailers, and has dealt with diverse business needs from mission critical operations supporting tens of thousands of end users to CIO desktop analytical applications.

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Sergei Golubchik
Sergei Golubchik started developing MySQL fulltext search in 1998 for his own project, and since March 2000 has been working at MySQL AB, touching MySQL code here and there and leaving his fingerprints all over the place.

In addition to being a primary architect of the MySQL Fulltext Search and doing other development tasks, he also takes care of security@mysql.com and performs reviews of the new code. Originally from the Ukraine, he now lives in Germany.

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John Goodson
John Goodson leads the product strategy, direction, development, and marketing efforts for DataDirect products. For over ten years, John has worked closely with Sun and Microsoft on the development and evolution of database connectivity standards including J2EE, JDBC,.NET, ODBC and ADO. His active memberships in various standards committees, including the JDBC Expert Group, have helped John's team develop the most technically advanced data conectivity technologies. John is a frequent speaker at major industry events and has most recently been published in Java Developers Journal, Integration Developer News, and SUN Developer Source. John holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Virginia Tech.

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Zak Greant
Zak Greant's love of free software and open source is turning him into a penguin. The only visible changes (so far) are a gradual accumulation of blubber, a loss of hair (which he hopes is the prelude to feather growth), and a growing preference for raw fish. When not practicing how to waddle or wear a tuxedo, he works with eZ systems AS as their managing director for North America; with the Mozilla Foundation on various community issues; and volunteers with the Free Software Foundation's Compliance Lab.

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Sandeep Gupta
As chief technology officer, Gupta provides ongoing technology leadership to SCO's UNIX products. Gupta is also continuing to serve as vice president of engineering at SCO, overseeing the company's movement toward an agile software development model used in developing SCO's next generation technology products and platforms. Within these duties, Gupta oversees all development and engineering at SCO offices in Murray Hill, New Jersey; Scotts Valley, California; Lindon, Utah; and Delhi, India.

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Andi Gutmans
Andi Gutmans has been a contributor to PHP since release 3.0. He is a member of the PHP Group, the Apache Software Foundation, and the Eclipse Foundation. Recently, Gutmans spearheaded the object-oriented improvements for the newly released PHP 5 release. He is co-founder and vice-president of technology for Zend Technologies, which provides products and services for the PHP market.

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Guy Harrison
Guy Harrison is chief architect for Quest Software's database solutions division. A recognized expert with over 15 years experience in RDBMS technology, Harrison has specialized in application and database administration, development, performance tuning, and project management. The author of several books, he was most recently the lead author of the O’Reilly book MySQL5 Stored Procedure Programming (2006).

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Howard Hart
Howard Hart is a Network Administrator and MySQL DBA at 8x8, Inc, a Internet Telephony Service Provider. In a former life, he spent several years developing IP telephony training courses at Zultys Technologies, an iPBX company. Prior to this, he wrote Linux drivers, SIP/RTP stacks and led product development as Director of Networking Software at ipDialog, a early developer of SIP phones and performed various stints as a Network Administrator and Systems Administrator at a number of startups.

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Glen Hawkins
Glen Hawkins has over 10 years of experience in the development of data and application technologies and products. He oversees the development and execution of Embarcadero's data integration technology strategy. Prior to joining Embarcadero, he served as a Lead Architect at Lutris Technologies for various open source projects involving the Enhydra Application Server. He is considered an expert in regards to data integration technologies and is the co-creator of the Model Data Driven Integration (MDDI) ETL strategy.  He received his BS in Engineering at Humboldt State University and is a frequent speaker at data integration conferences across the U.S.

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Mike Hillyer
Mike Hillyer is a former member of the MySQL AB documentation team. Mike currently works as an engineer for OmniTI Computer Consulting, which provides consulting and development services for highly scalable LAMP projects.

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Mike Ho
When he's not skiing in Lake Tahoe or playing cards with friends from church, Mike is working at Quasidea Development, an idea incubator. He has over 8 years of software development and IT consulting experience, with a client list that includes NASA, Microsoft and Lockheed Martin. He holds a B.A. in Computer Science from Northwestern University... Go Cats!

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Hartmut Holzgraefe
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Julian Hyde
Julian Hyde is Pentaho's Chief Architect for OLAP, and the founder and lead for the Mondrian OLAP project. He has nearly fifteen years experience in data warehousing, having served as a senior engineer at Oracle in the kernel group, as well as founding BroadBase software.

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Ken Jacobs
Since 1981, Mr. Jacobs has held a variety of technical and management roles at Oracle. He is known as "Dr. DBA" to thousands of Oracle database administrators, and has been a prominent spokesperson for Oracle and an advocate inside the company for customers' interests. Mr. Jacobs has helped guide the development of the Oracle Database product over the years. He represented Oracle on the SQL Standards Committee for over seven years, and has participated in several other standards activities. He has a strong interest in open source technologies, and now oversees the InnoDB development group based in Helsinki.

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Sean Johnson
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Kristian Köhntopp
Kristian Köhntopp works for MySQL AB as a senior consultant. His current obsession is with MySQL performance tuning and scaling. In a former life, he was the chief security officer for a webmail provider with 23 million customers; and his claim to fame was PHPLIB, the first PHP implementation of sessions and database abstraction.

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Ashwath Kakhandiki
Since 2002, Ashwath Kakhandiki has worked in development support at SAP Labs in Palo Alto as a liveCache/MAXDB solution developer.

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Jacob Kaplan-Moss
Jacob Kaplan-Moss is one of the lead developers of Django. At his day job, he's the lead developer for the Lawrence Journal-World, a locally-owned newspaper in Lawrence, KS where Django was developed. At the Journal-World, Kaplan-Moss hacks on a number of sites including lawrence.com, ljworld.com, and kusports.com, and is continually embarrassed by the multitude of media awards those sites win.

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Mitchell Kapor
Mitchell Kapor is active in the world of open source software as the founder and president of the Open Source Applications Foundation, which is developing Chandler, a new personal information manager, and as chair of the Mozilla Foundation. Kaporl founded Lotus Development Corporation in 1982 and designed Lotus 1-2-3, the "killer app" which made the PC ubiquitous in business. He is also the co-founder (in 1990) of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and currently serves as a director of the Mitchell Kapor Foundation and of the Level Playing Field Institute.

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Timour Katchaounov
Timour Katchaounov is a member of the MySQL query optimizer team focusing on the development of new functionality for the query engine to deliver improved performance and robustness. He received his Ph.D. in database technology from Uppsala University, Sweden, and worked as an intern at IBM where he contributed code to the query optimizer of DB2 Information Integrator.

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Max Katz
Max is a senior systems engineer at Exadel, responsible for technical support, training and customer care, for the Exadel product line. Max also conducts online and onsite JavaServer Faces training. With more than 7 years of IT experience, Max brings a wide array of skills and experiences from his technical and managerial positions. Max holds a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science from the University of California at Davis.

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Don Keeler
Don Keeler is a founding member, and Chief Technology Officer of Lumen Software. Keeler has been the project leader on many large, high risk development projects as well as producing commercial software for most of his 24+ plus years in information technology. Lumenation 6.0 is the culmination of his years of experience in system application design and development.

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Batara Kesuma
Batara Kesuma is co-founder of mixi.jp, the largest social networking site in Japan, and chief technology officer at mixi, Inc., in Tokyo. He is a graduate in computer science from Takushoku University, Tokyo.

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Gavin King
Gavin King is the founder of the Hibernate project, an active member of the JSR-220 expert group, and co-author of "Hibernate in Action." King works for JBoss, Inc., leading the development of Hibernate, implementing EJB 3.0, and providing services to JBoss customers.

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Barry Klawans
Barry is responsible for the technical vision and direction of JasperSoft.s products. He has over 15 years of experience architecting and developing enterprise applications. Prior to joining JasperSoft, Barry was the Systems Architect at Bidcom, a hosted business to business solution serving the commercial construction industry. Before Bidcom, Barry was one of the original engineers at Remedy, where he spent five years and was responsible for adding Web capabilities to Remedy.s core systems, and product-wide GUI and integration functionality. Prior to that, he was an early engineer at Sybase, where he spent five years of development effort on the core server and network access layer. Barry earned a B.A. with High Honors and Overall Academic Distinction in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley.

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Jan Kneschke
Jan Kneschke is a senior developer on the MySQL Network development team. Prior to joining the MySQL Network team Kneschke spent years as a trainer and consultant focusing on Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. Kneschke's experience in these areas is evident in the upcoming release of MySQL Network.

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Joe Kottke
Joe Kottke is the director of network operations at FeedBurner where he oversees network, systems, and security operations. He has over a decade of expert knowledge across operating systems, UNIX applications, network technologies, and protocols. Previously, Kottke held technical roles at a variety of companies including Morningstar, Interpublic Group, Organic, and Fallon McElligott.

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Mike Kruckenberg
Mike Kruckenberg is a long-time MySQL devotee who has used MySQL personally and professionally since the early days of web-based applications. Besides being the go-to guy for all things MySQL at his day job, Mike is an active member of the MySQL community. Mike is the co-author of Pro MySQL (Apress) and the MySQL Cluster Certification Study. He did the technical review for Expert MySQL (Apress) on MySQL source code modifications. Mike is a member of a few MySQL Guilds, regularly presents at tech conferences, and actively writes about MySQL and other (mostly) technical things at mike.kruckenberg.com.

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Mark Leith
Since September 2005, Mark Leith has worked within the Americas Support Group for MySQL AB. He has worked with databases for 9 years, starting with Oracle, then working for a database performance tool company and, finally, working with MySQL for the past 4 years as a DBA and active community member, before joining MySQL AB.

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Arjen Lentz
Arjen Lentz is community relations manager at MySQL AB, frequently speaking at conferences, and hanging out with MySQL users anywhere. In addition, he teaches MySQL training courses in Australia and New Zealand. Previously, Lentz worked in the MySQL Documentation team.

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Rasmus Lerdorf
Rasmus Lerdorf is known for having gotten the PHP project off the ground in 1995, the mod_info Apache module, and he can be blamed for the ANSI92 SQL-defying LIMIT clause in mSQL 1.x which has now, at least conceptually, crept into both MySQL and PostgreSQL.

Prior to joining Yahoo! as an infrastructure engineer in 2002, he was at a string of companies including Linuxcare, IBM, and Bell Canada working on internet technologies.

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Robert Lor
Robert Lor is a Senior Engineer in Sun's Market Development Engineering Organization. He has worked at Sun for more than 5 years. Currently he is leading a team whose focus is to optimize performance of open source applications on Solaris and take advantage of unique Solaris features.

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Matt Lord
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Steve Lucas
Steve Lucas, vice president of Indirect Business and Strategic Markets, has been with Business Objects for over 7 years. As part of the executive team, he manages several organizations including Enterprise Information Management, Partner Alliance Sales, BI Web Services, Channel Partners, and OEM. In addition to his day to day role, Lucas is continually involved in the inception and creation of some of Business Objects' yet to be released solutions.

Prior to his current role he authored several books on Business Intelligence, headed up strategic sales and technology teams, as well as worked with the product team on technology planning and direction. Over the entire duration of his career, Lucas has worked in the software industry in technical, sales, and consulting management capacities. He and his wife and two children are based in Denver, Colorado.

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Roland Mallmann
Roland Mallmann joined SAP in 2002. Since then he works with the MaxDB (SAP DB) and liveCache Development Support team in Berlin, Germany.

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Christine Martino
Christine Martino is the vice president of the Open Source & Linux Organization (OSLO) at Hewlett-Packard. In this role, she has responsibility for engineering, marketing, open source community participation and linkage, as well as the HP Open Source and Linux indemnity and IP protection programs. With Hewlett-Packard since 1988, Martino has a broad, proven track record of planning and operational excellence.

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Farhan Mashraqi
Farhan Mashraqi is a professional database architect and software engineer with a passion for scalability and hunting bottlenecks in large scale systems. He's employed as a senior DBA for Fotolog, Inc., the world's largest photo blogging community and 20th most trafficked site on the Internet. Farhan earned his bachelor of science degree in computer information systems from North Georgia College, and his bachelor of business administration degree in accounting from North Georgia College & State University. He blogs on Planet MySQL under the name Frank Mash and is the author of upcoming book Pro Rails - Building Enterprise Solutions.

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Mark D. Matthews
Mark Matthews manages development for the J2EE and Microsoft Windows platforms at MySQL AB, and developed the most popular JDBC driver for MySQL, MM.MySQL, which later became MySQL Connector/J, the official JDBC driver for MySQL.

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Giuseppe Maxia
Giuseppe Maxia is a systems analyst and database designer with 20 years of IT experience. He deals with data analysis and migration, performance optimization, general wizardry. He is also a founding partner and CTO of Stardata s.r.l., and a member of MySQL Guilds. He recently joined MySQL AB as QA developer.

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Eric Melvin
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Laura Merling
With more than 14 years of experience as a global marketing strategist and a proven track record of guiding enterprise software companies through critical restructuring and expansion initiatives, Laura Merling, as executive director, has secured SDForum’s role as an emerging technology leader.

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Mårten Mickos
Mårten Mickos, CEO of MySQL, brings a strong track record of leadership in global high-tech companies to MySQL AB. Prior to joining MySQL in 2001, Mickos was CEO at MatchON Sports, which he grew to become the twenty-fourth “hottest e-business” in Europe within nine months of its inception. Previously, Mickos was CEO at Intellitel Communications, where he was instrumental in transitioning the company from a development lab to a commercial software vendor. He has also directed worldwide sales efforts at several technology companies.

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Jay Migliaccio
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Domas Mituzas
Domas Mituzas is a Wikipedia developer/DBA and full-time MySQL Support Engineer.

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Gerardo Narvaja
Gerardo Narvaja is a sales engineer at MySQL and helps customers and prospects to evaluate MySQL technology, in particular in Windows environments. He has worked at MySQL for 3 years, has more than 10 years experience in the embedded DB field, and more than 15 in the software field, both in Linux and Windows environments.

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John Newton
John Newton, CTO and Chairman of Alfresco.org, has had one of the longest and most influential careers in content management. In 1990, John co-founded, designed and led the development of Documentum, the leader in content management recently acquired by EMC. For the next ten years, he invented many of the concepts widely used in the industry today.

In addition, he built Documentum's marketing and professional services organizations in Europe. John has also been an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Benchmark Capital. John was one of the founding engineers at Ingres where he helped develop the world's first commercial relational database. John graduated with a BS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley.

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Milton Ngan
Milton Ngan is the chief architect for the technical infrastructure of Weta Digital. He has been at Weta Digital for nearly 10 years and was integrally involved with the setup of the facility for the "Lord of the Rings" project. Since then, Ngan has continued to lead the IT department through other major projects such as "I-Robot" and most recently, "King Kong." Ngan received a M.S. degree from Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand.

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Jacob Nikom

Dr. Jacob Nikom is a technical staff member of MIT Lincoln Laboratory where he leads the database group in the development of the Range Operation Control Center project. Before joining MIT Lincoln Laboratory, Dr. Nikom worked at the Schlumberger, Hewlett-Packard and Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratory designing algorithms and software for processing and storing electromagnetic, ultrasound and visual data for medical and industrial applications.

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Marc Nozell
Marc Nozell is a Linux Technology Expert in the HP Linux Infrastructure Solutions Engineering organization focusing on Linux ISVs using BladeSystems. He has been developing HP Linux Infrastructure solutions for the past 9 years. Marc has been using GNU/Linux since the early 1990s and has been his primary corporate desktop at hp since 1999. He is located in Nashua, NH.

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Danny O'Brien
Danny O'Brien writes about technological culture. As a consultant, he helped formulate online strategies for the Guardian, and helped launch Richard Branson's Virgin Net ISP. He's chiefly known as the editor of Need To Know http//www.ntk.net, a sarcastic British tech newsletter read by opinion formers worldwide.

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Bernhard Ocklin
Bernhard Ocklin, senior consultant MySQL AB, joined the organization as of September 2005. To his credit, Ocklin has designed and programmed data mining software in addition to writing a database core prior to using MySQL databases. The outcome of such work has proven extremely useful in big scale data processing, i.e., for fraud detection at the world's largest derivatives exchange.

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Clint Oram
Clint Oram is one of three co-founders of SugarCRM and led the product design as well as the customer services team through the first year of business. He is now responsible for managing SugarCRM’s community and SugarForge.org, the premiere destination for community collaboration on Sugar Suite extensions, modules, language packs and themes. SugarForge.org empowers the community to leverage the combined ideas of developers around the world, by offering the toolset and location to manage and distribute new community-developed Sugar Suite extensions to the benefit of all SugarCRM users. In addition, SugarForge.org offers a range of support for those who need assistance with Sugar Suite development or implementation.

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Konstantin Osipov
Konstantin Osipov works as a software developer for MySQL AB. His main areas in the server are execution of prepared statements, cursors, and the client-server protocol, and he was the implementer of support for Dynamic SQL in 5.0. In his other life Osipov is a Moscow dweller with hobbies that include yoga, running, and computers.

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Enzo Panetta
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Chris Patel
Chris is a member of EMC's Centera Alliances team. He is responsible for the Centera technical relationship with mySQL and with many of EMC's top industry partners including Microsoft, IBM and Oracle.

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Deborah Peroni
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Jay Pipes
Jay is the North American Community Relations Manager at MySQL. Author of "Pro MySQL" (Apress, 2005), Jay has also written articles for Linux Magazine and regularly assists software developers in identifying how to make the most effective use of MySQL. He has given sessions on performance tuning at the MySQL Users Conference, RedHat Summit, NY PHP Conference, OSCON and Ohio LinuxFest, among others.In his abundant free time, when not being pestered by his two needy cats and two noisy dogs, he daydreams in PHP code and ponders the ramifications of __clone().

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Michael Radwin
Michael J. Radwin is an engineering manager for Yahoo!'s Infrastructure Software group that develops and supports web platform technologies such as Apache, PHP, MySQL, and more recently SOAP/REST toolkits. His team has been instrumental in helping Yahoo! migrate from proprietary to open source software.

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Ananth Reddy
Ananth Reddy is a database architect with 20 years of industry experience working with all relational DBMS engines. He is currently working extensively with open source databases in general, and MySQL in particular, in migrating a major online marketing system from Oracle to MySQL.

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Mikael Ronström
Mikael Ronström has 20 years of SW development experience and is the founder of the MySQL Cluster technology and more recently the architect and developer of MySQL Partitioning. He holds a Ph.D. in Technical Information Systems.

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Scott Rosenbaum
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Einar Rustad
Einar's background is in CPU architecture and parallel processing. He has held positions as Chief Architect in Norsk Data, Director of Architecture in ACRI France and is founder of Scali Inc. where he also served as Vice President. He is now Vice President Business Development at Dolphin Interconnect Solutions and Chairman of the Board of Open-iT.

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Bharat Sajnani
Bharat Sajnani is a Solutions Consultant in the Database and Applications team of Dell's Product Group. Bharat has a B.S. in Computer Engineering and a master’s degree in Computer Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin.

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George Schlossnagle
George Schlossnagle runs engineering at the MessageSystems division of OmniTI, where he builds high performance messaging products. He's been known to contribute to PHP occasionally, and write the occasional book.

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Robin Schumacher
Robin Schumacher is MySQL's director of product management and has over eighteen years of database administration/development experience in DB2, MySQL, Oracle, SQL Server, Sybase, and Teradata. He is the author of two database performance tuning books on Oracle and SQL Server, and has contributed many articles to database-related publications.

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Mark Shuttleworth
Mark Shuttleworth studied finance and information technology at the University of Cape Town, and went on to found Thawte, a company specializing in digital certificates and internet privacy. He sold Thawte to the U.S. company VeriSign in 1999, and founded HBD Venture Capital and The Shuttleworth Foundation. He moved to London in 2001, and began preparing for the First African in Space mission, training in Star City and Khazakstan. In April 2002 Shuttleworth flew in space as a cosmonaut member of the crew of Soyuz Mission TM34 to the International Space Station. In early 2004 he founded the Ubuntu project, which aims to produce a free, high quality desktop OS for everyone.

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Stewart Smith
Stewart Smith works for MySQL AB as a software engineer working on MySQL Cluster. He is an active member of the free and open source software community, especially in Australia. Although Australian, he does not dress like Steve Irwin—although if he wrestled crocodiles he probably would. He is a fan of great coffee, great beer, and is currently 39,000 feet above sea level.

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Sarah Sproehnle
Sarah Sproehnle is a Senior Instructor for MySQL AB. She has over 7 years experience delivering training on various topics such as database administration, performance tuning, high availability, programming, and system administration.

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Paddy Sreenivasan
Paddy Sreenivasan is responsible for Zmanda’s technical strategy and development of leading open source software products for data protection. Sreenivasan has over 13 years of experience in development and management of software for enterprise storage. In addition, he has worked with various open source communities, including leading the development of an open source high-availability clustering solution. Prior to founding Zmanda, he had key engineering roles at Cisco, SGI and HP. He holds a bachelor's degree from BITS, Pilani, and a master's degree from the University of Pune, India.

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Jim Starkey
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Jacob Taylor
Jacob Taylor is a co-founder and the CTO for SugarCRM Inc. He pioneered the SugarCRM architecture and is responsible for the strategy of the software. Previous to co-founding SugarCRM, Taylor was a senior development manager at E.piphany in charge of platform infrastructure and services. Previous to E.piphany, Taylor worked at Symantec Corporation on the Norton AntiVirus product line. Taylor holds an M.S. in Computer Science from the University of California, Los Angeles.

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Oren Teich
Oren Teich is responsible for MontaVista's worldwide product management. With over seven years of Linux experience at leading technology companies, Teich has been working with some of the very first commercial Linux companies in both marketing and engineering roles.

Prior to MontaVista, Teich worked at Sun Microsystems and Cobalt Networks. He has a B.S. in computer science from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

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Lars Thalmann
Dr. Lars Thalmann is the technical lead of replication and backup technology at MySQL. He is leading the design and development of MySQL Backup and the second generation of MySQL Replication with features like cluster replication, row-based replication, conflict handling, and multisource. Dr. Thalmann has also worked with clustering technology for many years and is one of the developers of NDB Cluster, the storage engine used in MySQL Cluster.

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Laura Thomson
Laura Thomson is a Principal at OmniTI, a consultancy specializing in scalable internet systems design and development. Laura came to OmniTI from Australia, bringing more than ten years experience in web development, IT consulting, and research. She is the co-author of the best-selling "PHP and MySQL Web Development" (Sams Publishing) and "MySQL Tutorial" (MySQL Press), and has spoken at many conferences worldwide.

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Vadim Tkachenko

Currently I work as independent MySQL performance consultant and I am co-author of mysqlperformanceblog.com.

Before I was employed by MySQL Inc as Performance Engineer, working on MySQL Performance and Scalability issues. My primary tasks were benchmarks, profiling, finding bottlenecks. I'm an expert in multi threading programming and synchronization stuff.

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Heikki Tuuri
Heikki Tuuri is the creator of the InnoDB transactional storage engine in MySQL. He founded Innobase Oy in 1995 and is the CEO of the company. Tuuri still does much of the InnoDB support and bug fixing, though most of the new code in InnoDB is written by other Innobase Oy developers. Prior to founding Innobase Oy, Tuuri worked as a researcher and teaching assistant at the University of Helsinki, from which he also received a Ph.D, degree in mathematical logic in 1990.

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Zack Urlocker
Zack Urlocker oversees MySQL product management and corporate marketing at MySQL AB. He has more than 20 years experience in software product management and marketing. Prior to joining MySQL, Zack held executive product management and marketing positions at Active Software, webMethods and Borland International. He is a frequent speaker on using open source technology as a competitive weapon and holds a Master's degree in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo, Canada.

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Ari Valtanen
Ari Valtanen has more than 17 years experience in professional software development and delivering innovative products. He co-founded Solid in 1992 and held various senior level positions within the research and development team until 1999. Valtanen served as the company's chief technologist from 1999 to 2000, and as director of product management in 2000. He was named Vice President and Chief Technology Officer in 2001. Valtanen served on the Solid board of directors from 1997 to 1999. Prior to co-founding Solid, Valtanen worked as a developer, architect and consultant in both start-up and established software companies for a number of years. He completed his Master's Thesis while working at the Technical Research Centre of Finland. Valtanen holds a Master of Science degree from the Department of Engineering Physics from the Helsinki University of Technology, with majors in Computer Science and Acoustics.

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Krishna Venkatraman
Krishna Venkatraman is a senior product manager at Actuate Corporation where he focuses on product management activities around the open source BIRT project. Prior to Actuate, Venkatraman started out with a software development background at Oracle and went on to hold different responsibilities at Remedy BMC, combining his technical abilities with market analysis and strategy. He has an MBA (Univ. of California, Berkeley) and an MS CS (Univ. of Illinois at Chicago).

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Brion Vibber
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Michael (Monty) Widenius
Michael "Monty" Widenius is the lead developer for the popular MySQL RDBMS project and is CTO of MySQL AB, a company that he co-founded to provide licensing, support, and other services for the MySQL RDBMS. In a past life, he has worked on games coded in assembler, software for a single-card computer used by power companies, a multitasking OS for an 8-bit Z80-based computer, and a lot of data warehousing. He has worked in assembler, BASIC, C, C++, Commmon Lisp, shell and Perl, and some other less common languages. Widenius lives in Helsinki, Finland.

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Ian Wilkes
Ian Wilkes leads the infrastructure team at Linden Lab, providing a stable foundation for the continued growth of Second Life. Prior to joining Linden, Wilkes surfed the .com wave as a technical lead at Zengine, Inc. Previous experience includes development positions at the Department of Energy's experimental supercomputing division, and at Hot-B USA.

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Steve Wilkes
Steve has over 15 years of experience in the field of Computer Technology working with a diverse range of industries including Banking, Defense, Government, Insurance, Manufacturing, Retail, Software Development and Web Technology firms. Steve has created many technical and practical business solutions with special emphasis on enterprise architecture, patterns and distributed technologies. Having heavily utilized database technology throughout his career, Steve now applies his holistic knowledge to defining the integration and management of GoldenGate solutions.

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Corey Williams
As director of product management Corey oversees the strategic vision, tactical roadmap and company-wide go-to-market plan for SpikeSource. Corey is a veteran technology marketer, with more than 12 years' enterprise software marketing experience. Prior to joining SpikeSource, he has held senior sales, marketing and product management positions at Syndera, webMethods, Active Software and Hewlett Packard. Corey holds undergraduate degrees in Math and Computer Science as well as an MS in Engineering and an MBA.

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Jim Winstead
Jim Winstead is a maintenance engineer for MySQL Inc, a member of The Apache Software Foundation, and a member of the PHP Group.

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Peter Yared
Peter Yared is the founder and CEO of ActiveGrid. Most recently, he was CTO of Sun Microsystems' Liberty Network Identity initiative. Yared was also CTO of Sun Microsystems' Application Server Division. Before its acquisition by Sun, Yared served as CTO of NetDynamics, which pioneered the then-leading J2EE application server. Earlier, he was founder and CEO of JRad Technologies, an enterprise Java company acquired by NetDynamics.

Additionally, Yared was chief architect of client/server products at object-oriented tool maker Prograph International and the architect of several mission-critical systems deployed by U.S. government agencies and the GED Testing Service. Yared holds a B.S. in computer science from the University of Maryland.

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Rob Young
Rob Young is the senior product manager over MySQL Network at MySQL and has over 19 years of database and application development experience with MySQL, Oracle, SQL Server, Sybase, and DB2. Prior to joining MySQL, Young served as director of database administration solutions for Embarcadero Technologies. In his travels, he has served as product manager, DBA, project leader, and developer in IT organizations across the financial, transportation, insurance, retail, public utility, and ISV industries.

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Noel Yuhanna
Noel is a senior analyst in Forrester's Application Development & Infrastructure research group, covering DBMS, database administration, data security, data management tools, and related online transaction-processing issues. Noel has more than 21 years experience in IT, holding various technical and management positions. His current primary research focus is on customer usage experiences and broad industry trends of DBMS, data security, open source databases, enterprise data grids, outsourcing, information life-cycle management, and other emerging database technologies.

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Peter Zaitsev

Peter Zaitsev is Co-Founder and lead consultant of Percona Ltd, Company specializing in MySQL and LAMP Performance Optimization and scalability. Before starting his own practice Peter was High Performance Group Manager at MySQL AB.

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Michael G. Zinner
Michael G. Zinner joined MySQL AB in October 2003 as a member of the new MySQL GUI team. Zinner is responsible for the design and development of the graphical MySQL tools, including the MySQL Administrator and MySQL Query Browser. Prior to joining MySQL AB, Zinner was developing database-related GUI tools, including a highly acknowledged visual database designer for MySQL, DBDesigner 4.

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