MySQL User Conference
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Speakers

Jim Abbott
Speaker biography coming soon.

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Andrew Aitken
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Sami Akbay
Sami Akbay is the sr. director of marketing for GoldenGate Software. He has more than 13 years of experience in systems and data integration, product development and marketing across the software, financial services and consulting industries. Akbay held numerous marketing, consulting, and technical positions at Embarcadero Technologies, AltoWeb, Thaumaturgix, Rabobank Nederlands, Hearst New Media, MediaMetrix and American Stock Exchange. Akbay may be reached via e-mail at sakbay@goldengate.com.

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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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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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Yazz D. Atlas
Daniel Thomas Atlas, aka "Yazz D. Atlas," is a System Administrator at the Open Source Technology Group (OSTG), which he joined in 2000. Atlas has also spent time as a sys admin at CobaltGroup, the University of Iowa Geomorphology Lab, the Iowa Institute for Hydraulic Research, and the University of Iowa Geology Department. He holds a B.S. in Computer Science and a B.S. in Communications/Film and Video Production from Antioch College.

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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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Patrik Backman
Patrik Backman is responsible for the SAP Partnership and the MaxDB Product at MySQL. He joined MySQL in May 2003, when the work with SAP was initiated. Previously, Backman has worked with IT strategy and integration projects in Northern Europe. Backman is a native of Finland and lives in Helsinki.

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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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Michael Benzinger
Mike Benzinger has worked in data processing for over 20 years, working on high performance decision support and transaction processing systems, primarily in the travel and transportation industry. His specialty is in systems architecture, open systems, open source, Java, and C++. His most recent work has been designing systems to assist researchers and marketing in improving offerings to clients, most notable lowest fares. Prior to this, Benzinger has worked on revenue management, air pricing, and other decision support systems.

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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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Adam Bosworth
Adam Bosworth joined Google recently as Vice President of Engineering. Bosworth comes to Google from BEA where he was Chief Architect & Senior VP of Advanced Development and responsible for driving the engineering efforts for BEA's Framework Division. Prior to joining BEA, Bosworth co-founded Crossgain, a software development firm recently acquired by BEA. Known as one of the pioneers of XML, Bosworth held various senior management positions at Microsoft, including General Manager of the WebData group, a team focused on defining and driving XML strategy.

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Billy Bosworth
Mr. Bosworth has 14 years of experience in client/server development on a wide variety of platforms and databases. He has been published as a reviewer in DBMS magazine and has co-authored a book on client/server development published by Prentice Hall. Currently, Billy serves as Director of Development Solutions for Embarcadero Technologies, Inc.

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Ram Prasad Budim
Ram works with MySQL engineering team at Novell, Bangalore, India. He is responsible for porting MySQL on NetWare, maintaining it and supporting internal application developers in their efforts to use MySQL.

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Matthew Burgoon
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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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Oleksandr (Sanja) Byelkin
Oleksandr "Sanja" Byelkin is MySQL core developer. He has been working with MySQL server since the end of 2001. Main projects are query cache, subqueries and views.

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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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Joshua Chamas

Josh Chamas is a Senior Consultant with MySQL, specializing in database migrations and performance tuning. He graduated from Stanford with a B.S.C.S., and has been involved in numerous database migrations especially to and from Oracle and MySQL over the past 9 years. He has been responsible for performance analysis and database tuning for large web clusters servicing millions of users, as well as data warehousing applications up to a terabyte in size.

In 1999, he became involved with MySQL while migrating a high performance OLTP database from Oracle, and wrote part of the core MyISAM storage engine to make it more scalable for this project, as well as adding other ANSI SQL syntactic glue to facilitate general migration work.

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Paul Clenahan
Clenahan has over 15 years of Product Management experience in the business intelligence industry working with diverse customer applications. He currently coordinates overall product direction for Actuate based on emerging technology, market demands, customer feedback, and internal innovation. Clenahan is a member of the Eclipse BIRT PMC, Planning, and Requirements Councils.

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Andrew Cowie
Andrew Cowie is a management consultant working in the operations and infrastructure space.

Cowie is a long time Unix and Linux user, but somewhat unusually was an infantry officer in the Canadian army, having graduated from Royal Military College with a degree in engineering physics. He saw service across North America and a peacekeeping tour in Bosnia. He later ran operations for an SMS company in Manhattan and was a part of recovering the company after the September 11 attacks.

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Teodor Danciu
Teodor Danciu started JasperReports in 2001 and has been its Chief Architect and Lead Developer. Teodor has a 7 years experience as a software engineer working on ERP, B2B, B2C and other database related applications. He has been working with Java for many years and has successfully led development teams on numerous J2EE projects. For the last 2 years he's being working with Hibernate, SWT and the Avalon Framework for porting a large ERP system to the Java Platform.

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Miguel de Icaza
As the founder and leader of the GNOME Foundation, de Icaza is one of the foremost luminaries in the Linux development community. With his seemingly boundless energy, de Icaza has galvanized the effort to make Linux accessible and available to the average computer user. He brings this same excitement to his role as CTO of Ximian. de Icaza was instrumental in porting Linux to the SPARC architecture and led development of the Midnight Commander file manager and the Gnumeric spreadsheet. He is also a primary author of the design of the Bonobo component model, which leads the way in the development of large-scale applications in GNOME.

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Marc Delisle
Marc Delisle works as a network manager and web developer at Collège de Sherbrooke, Québec, Canada. He is project administrator and member of the development team of phpMyAdmin, the popular open source web-based front-end for MySQL. He also wrote "Mastering phpMyAdmin for Effective MySQL Management."

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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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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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Andy Dustman
Andy Dustman works as a system administrator and Python programmer at the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia. His current project is moving a large, mostly static website (with bits of PHP and Cold Fusion and Apache mod_rewrite) into a real content management system.

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Russell Dyer
Russell Dyer is the author of "MySQL in a Nutshell" for O'Reilly Media, to be published in May 2005. He has written articles about MySQL and other open source topics for Linux Journal, ONlamp.com, Perl Journal, SysAdmin, Tech Republic, Unix Review and XML.com. He previously taught at ITT Technical Institute and worked as an IT manager, a MySQL developer, and a Perl programmer. He now works for MySQL AB as an editor and technical writer for their Knowledge Base.

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Ron Eller

Ron Eller leads Solution Alliances for the Technology Solutions Group, responsible for partner based infrastructure and application solutions and services that extend the value of HP enterprise platforms, management software and services offerings. His responsibilities include development of infrastructure and application solution architectures, and managing the partner relationships, programs and activities with independent software vendors and systems integrators in support of application and other software solutions.

Prior to formation of the Technology Solutions Group, Mr. Eller led the Solutions division for the Enterprise Storage and Servers business and prior to that, the Industry Standard Server business (for HP since its acquisition of Compaq in 2002, and for Compaq before that time). During 2000 and 2001, along with Solutions he was responsible for strategy and business development for Compaq's industry standard server business. Previous to working in the industry standard server team, Eller ran business operations, information management, eCommerce and customer satisfaction and quality for the Compaq Enterprise Solutions and Services Group, which included all servers, storage, solutions and services of Compaq. Before that he held various positions in the head office working on strategic and merger and acquisition matters, and had responsibility for HR information systems and compensation and benefits strategy and programs.

Prior to joining Compaq in 1994, Eller was responsible for local or regional management consultancy practices focused on business strategy and performance linkage to strategy. He has done considerable work with troubled and bankrupt companies, and across many industries. Mr. Eller serves on the advisory board of Cylant, Inc. and served as Director of Encompys, Inc., an application service provider in the financial services industry, from 2000 through 2002. Over the past 20 years, he has held various executive and board level positions with nonprofit and community service organizations in the areas of economic development, healthcare and community and land use planning. He holds a Masters degree in Business from Colorado State University and a Bachelor's degree in Professional Aviation from Purdue University.

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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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Rick Fleischman
Rick Fleischman is Director of Product Marketing & PHP Evangelist at Zend Technologies. He is responsible for evangelizing the use of PHP to the development community. Prior to Zend, Rick was at Blue Martini Software. He has a long history in tools and platform marketing roles at companies including Apple Computer, Liquid Audio and Netscape Communications, where he was the Product Manager for Java & JavaScript. Rick has a B.S. in Computer Science and Engineering from UCLA.

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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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Mike Gaydos
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Michel Gerin
Michel Gerin is Sr Director of Product Marketing at Zend Technologies. He is responsible for the Zend Studio product line. Prior to Zend, Michel worked at Catapulse/Rational/IBM as Director of Business Development and at Borland as the Director of Product Marketing Tools and Databases, including Delphi, C++Builder, JBuilder, Interbase and JDatastore. Michel owns a BS in Computer Science and an MBA in Marketing.

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Maurizio Gianola
As vice president of Software Engineering, Maurizio Gianola oversees all MySQL AB product development. Maurizio brings to MySQL more than 20 years of experience in managing enterprise software engineering. Prior to joining the company, he held executive engineering management positions at PeopleSoft, Annuncio Software, Extensity and Plexus Software. Having been involved in database research and development since the technology's early days, Maurizio has also done pioneering work in RDBMS technology applied to document imaging and workflow.

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Gary K. Goodwin
Mr. Goodwin joined Quest Software in August of 1999. He has been with the Product Management team since May of 2002 with Quest's Toad for Oracle, and SQL Navigator for Oracle product lines. His key responsibilities are guiding the development and strategic direction of Toad for SQL Server, and Toad for MySQL.

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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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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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Stephen Harpster
Stephen Harpster has been at Sun Microsystems for 9 years and is currently the Director of Open Source Software. Prior to that he was the Director of the Linux Software Engineering group. Stephen holds a BSCS from Georgia Tech and an MSEECS from Northwestern University.

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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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Jörg Hoffmeister
Jörg Hoffmeister has worked on SAP DB/MaxDB and its predecessors since 1985, first Nixdorf, then Software AG, and since 1997, with SAP. He started his work in database kernel development and in 1993 took over the responsibility for the SAP R/3 port of SAP DB (at that time ADABAS D). Today he focuses on product and quality management topics around SAP DB/MaxDB.

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Dave Jaffe
Dave Jaffe, Ph.D. (dave_jaffe@dell.com) is a senior consultant on the Dell Technology Showcase team who specializes in cross-platform solutions. Previously, he worked in the Dell Server Performance Lab, where he led the team responsible for Transaction Processing Council (TPC) benchmarks. Jaffe has a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of California, San Diego, and a B.S. in Chemistry from Yale University.

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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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Anders Karlsson
Anders Karlsson has worked with Relational Database systems for many years, initially in technical support roles, and later as technical consultant and sales engineer. Karlsson has worked extensively with most of the commercial RDBMS systems on the market, for many years specializing in performance and database programming APIs, and more recently with new technologies, such as In-Memory databases and embedded databases.

Karlsson now works at MySQL as a sales engineer and consultant, specializing in MySQL Cluster and in integrations and migrations with other RDBMS systems.

Karlsson's particular areas of interest include:
• Performance
• Database programming with Embedded SQL, ODBC and other RDBMS API's
• In-Memory databases
• SQL standardization
• Linux-solutions
• C-programming

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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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Larry Ketchersid
Mr. Ketchersid was hired as the Director of Business Development for MetiLinx in April 2002. In his 4 years at MetiLinx Mr. Ketchersid has performed various executive roles for the company, including establishing field support, developing strategic partnerships and even running operations during a brief illness of the founder/CEO. Prior to joining MetiLinx, Mr. Ketchersid was the President and Chief Operating Officer of Land'N'Sea Technologies, a software company focused on supply chain management for the SMB marketplace. Before that Mr. Ketchersid spent 15 years at Compaq Computer Corporation as an executive in the IT and eCommerce business areas, where he and his team successfully and aggressively designed and implemented leading edge technologies. Mr. Ketchersid has degrees in Computer Science, Mathematics and Physics from Trinity University, and holds a 2nd degree black belt in Soo Bahk Do.

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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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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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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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Patrick Linskey
Patrick Linskey is the founder and CTO of SolarMetric. Linskey has been the primary evangelist for JDO, having publicly spoken to rave reviews in numerous cities over the past two years. He has been one of the leaders on the JDO specification team and is a member of the EJB3 expert group. Linskey is co-author of Bitter EJB, one of the more popular Java books in 2003.

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David Lutz
David has been with Business Objects for over 3 years and specializes in Data Warehousing implementation and design. He currently supports all presales efforts in the SouthWest U.S. for Data Integrator. Prior to Business Objects David was with Informix Software for 5 years in the Data Warehousing practice.

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Om Malik
Om Malik is the founder of GigaOmniMedia, Inc., an online news and weblog that delivers technology news, analysis, and opinions to a monthly global audience of one million consumers and professionals interested in the world of hi-tech. His daily rants on tech/telecom and broadband can be found at http://gigaom.com.

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Glen Martin
Glen Martin had a brilliant career in engineering, but gave it up and is now Director of Product Management at SpikeSource, where he is responsible for product definition and planning, and is also involved in messaging, evangelism, and customer- and market-research. Over a 17 year career in high tech, he has held development, consulting, product management and marketing roles in product areas including expert systems, remote sensing, telecommunications, developer tools, and middleware. A marketing oddity, Glen has run his laptop on Debian for over 4 years.

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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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Daniel McAlister
Daniel McAlister is chief technical officer of Integrated Spatial Solutions Inc. He specializes in using information technology techniques to analyze and solve geographic problems. McAlister likes to exercise both sides of the brain, a little art and color producing digital maps and a little programming to make those maps even more useful. He is currently delving into MySQL's Spatial Extension.

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Max Mether
Max Mether is one of MySQL AB's trainers in Europe, and is also responsible for the new MySQL Cluster training course materials.

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Oren Michels
Oren Michels brings more than 15 years of experience to his job as CEO of Mashery. Michels has a proven track record with experience across multiple industries. Previously, Michels was vice president of business development at Feedster, where he negotiated partnerships with AOL, Real Networks and Mitsui, and oversaw the company's activities in China. Prior to Feedster, Michels was president of Colt HR, a leading provider of outsourced benefits administration software and services to the mid market.

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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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Phillip Morelock
Morelock is the director of operations for Evite, the web’s leading social planning destination. He enjoys hacking on his mail clusters and managing Evite's Java web application. Previously, Morelock spent several years in the music industry as a code-monkey and IT dude.

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Todd Muirhead
Todd Muirhead is an engineering consultant on the Dell Technology Showcase team. He specializes in SANs and database systems. Todd has a B.A. in Computer Science from the University of North Texas and is Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer + Internet (MCSE+I) certified.

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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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Tim O'Reilly
Tim O'Reilly is founder and CEO of O'Reilly Media, Inc., thought by many to be the best computer book publisher in the world. In addition to publishing pioneering books like Ed Krol's The Whole Internet User's Guide & Catalog (selected by the New York Public Library as one of the most significant books of the twentieth century), O'Reilly has also been a pioneer in the popularization of the Internet. O'Reilly's Global Network Navigator site (GNN, which was sold to America Online in September 1995) was the first Web portal and the first true commercial site on the World Wide Web.

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Dathan Pattishall
An accomplished Software Engineer specializing in Object-Oriented Design, Scaleable Web Application Design, Database Communication, Auction + Social Networking Domain Knowledge and Analysis with extensive experience in the full life cycle of the software design process including requirements, definition, proto-typing, proof of concept, design, interface implementation, testing, and maintenance. Having designed the architecture of Friendster.com, Dathan is now a Senior Software Engineer at flickr.com

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Carsten Pedersen
With a background in software development, Carsten Pedersen joined MySQL AB in 2002 to develop and manage the MySQL AB certification program. Over the years, he has also taught several MySQL courses in a number of countries.

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Trudy Pelzer
Trudy Pelzer has worked with SQL, and SQL DBMSs, since 1986. She has co-authored four books, including one thick book about the SQL Standard (SQL-99 Complete, Really) and one thin book about portability and optimization for DB2, Oracle, SQL Server, MySQL, and four other DBMSs (SQL Performance Tuning). In August 2004, Pelzer joined MySQL as part of the architecture team, where she assists in writing technical specifications for the developers.

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Ed Presz
Ed Presz is the Director of Database Engineering for Ticketmaster, Inc. Ed is the main database architect, as well as the director of the DBA team responsible for supporting the operational database environments for Ticketmaster, a company that sells up to 100 million tickets a year. The Ticketmaster website Ticketmaster is powered by MySQL and Oracle.

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Matt Raible
Matt Raible currently resides in Denver, CO where he is a Spring and Web Frameworks Practice Leader for Virtuas, an open source consultancy. Raible has been surrounded by computers for most of his life, even though he grew up in the backwoods of Montana without electricity. Matt is an author (Spring Live, Pro JSP), active Java open-source contributor and blogger on http://raibledesigns.com.

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John Roberts
John Roberts, CEO and Co-Founder of SugarCRM, is a pioneer in the commercial open source enterprise application space. With 14 years experience in enterprise CRM applications, John co-developed Sugar Open Source and introduced open source as a viable contender to established proprietary CRM solutions.

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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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Bert Scalzo
Bert Scalzo is a product architect for Quest Software and designed many of the features in the TOAD DBA module. Scalzo has extensive industry experience including designing 7-Eleven Corp's multi-terabyte, Star Schema Data Warehouse. He holds several Oracle Masters; B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science; and an M.B.A. A prolific author, Scalzo has written for numerous technology periodicals and has authored two books: "Oracle DBA Guide to Data Warehousing and Star Schemas" "TOAD Handbook."

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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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Sanjeev Shankar
Sanjeev Shankar is the Senior Architect at Intellitactics, a leader in Security Information Management software. Prior to joining Intellitactics, Sanjeev led development teams at ADexact, Entrade, and MKS. Shankar has extensive expertise in the areas of distributed systems development, application security, firewall, and security tools development. In addition, Shankar has vast experience in enterprise systems, application performance, and in the software development arena, having built a wide spectrum of software systems. Shankar holds a Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech and a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Mysore, India

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Harry Singh

Harry Singh is a product line marketing manager at Intel's Software Products Division. He joined Intel Corporation in 2000 and has more than 14 years of experience in telecommunications, real-time systems and management information systems. Prior to joining Intel, Harry played key roles in the design and implementation of telecommunications solutions at leading companies such as Toshiba, Ericsson, Nortel Networks, Alcatel, and National Thermal Power Corporation.

 Harry holds an MBA degree in marketing and information technology from the University of Southern California, an MS degree in electrical engineering from the University of Saskatchewan, and a bachelor of engineering degree from India's Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology.

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Hans-Peter Smit
Hans-Peter Smit co-founded EBM in 2001. As CTO of the company he is responsible for the development of the business intelligence product “OLAP4All”. OLAP4All is a 100% Java solution that uses MySQL as the database engine for storing the OLAP models and data. Before founding EBM he worked for various companies as developer, consultant and as business intelligence specialist.

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Mark Smith
Speaker biography coming soon.

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Javier Soltero
Speaker biography coming soon.

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Helmut Spoecker
Helmut Spoecker joined REALTECH system consulting in 1997 after he finished his studies in Karlsruhe, Germany, and Boston, Massachussetts, with a Master of Physics. Spoecker has reached the position of a Consulting Manager and takes full responsibility for a team of consultants. He started with the realization of SAP system upgrades with large customers, whereafter he soon focused on the optimization of SAP system landscapes. He has been responsible for analysis and redesign of SAP IT structures in a number of optimization projects from planning aspects through realization and implementation. Furthermore, he established, and until today coordinated, the close cooperation of REALTECH and the SAP LinuxLab.Within the REALTECH organization, Spoecker accounts for the topics IT strategy consulting and system landscape optimization (SLO), migration, upgrade, and Linux.

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Joe Stump
Joe Stump is an independent PHP/MySQL web developer. His sites range from load boards for the trucking industry to information sites aimed at college students. His interests in MySQL range from simple JOINS to FULLTEXT searching. In his spare time, he plays Disc Golf and develops for PEAR.

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Stephen Sykes
Mr. Sykes serves as Vice President of Product Engineering for Four J’s Development Tools, where he is responsible for managing worldwide development activities. From 2001 through 2002 he served as General Manager of Four J’s Americas operations. Prior to Four J’s he served as director of business development at Support.com, a computer support automation company. He was also with Informix Software, most recently as general manager of 4GL Tools. Prior experience includes positions in sales and software development for NeXT, Cambridge Technology Partners, and TRW. Mr. Sykes holds a Masters of Science degree in Information and Computer Science from the University of California, Irvine.

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Michael Tiemann

Michael Tiemann is a true open source software pioneer. His first major open source contributions included ports of and enhancements to GCC and GDB as well as the original authorship of the GNU C++ compiler, the world's first native-code C++ compiler. In 1989, Michael's technical successes and entreprenurial spirit led him to co-found Cygnus Solutions, the first company to provide commercial support for open source software. During his ten years at Cygnus, Michael contributed in a number of roles from President to hacker, helping to lead the company from a fledgling start-up to an admired open source leader.

Michael is now Red Hat's Vice President of Open Source Affairs. In this role, Michael integrates and informs technology and open source strategies for Red Hat and its strategic partners and customers in the public and private sectors. In addition to his responsibilities at Red Hat, Michael serves on a number of boards, including the Open Source Initiative (where he is also President), the eclipse.org project, and the GNOME Foundation. Michael also provides support to organizations that further the goals of software freedom, including the Free Software Foundation and the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

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Adam Trachtenberg
Adam Trachtenberg is the senior manager of Platform Evangelism at eBay, where he preaches the gospel of the eBay platform to developers and businessmen around the globe. Before eBay, Trachtenberg co-founded and served as vice president for development at two companies, Student.Com and TVGrid.Com. At both firms, he led the front- and middle-end web site design and development. Trachtenberg began using PHP in 1997, and is the author of Upgrading to PHP 5 and coauthor of PHP Cookbook, both published by O'Reilly Media. He lives in San Francisco, California, and has a B.A. and M.B.A. from Columbia University.

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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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David Van Couvering
David Van Couvering has spent his engineering career crossing the bridge between databases and the middle tier world of application servers, Java and distributed systems. He was the original architect for the Sybase J2EE application server and for the first release of the clustered Sun Java Application Server Enterprise Edition. Currently he is involved in database technology at Sun, and is a committer on the Apache Derby open source database.

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Jimmy Wales
Jimmy "Jimbo" Donal Wales is an internet entrepreneur and founder of Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Wales is currently the president of the Wikimedia Foundation, a Tampa-based non-profit organization that encompasses Wikipedia and its younger sister projects. Wales's latest project is Wikia, which combines wiki social norms with search technology.

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Clay Webster
Clay Webster is the associate vice president of Platform Infrastructure at CNET. He has worked at CNET for almost ten years in a variety of roles; from lead developer of Shareware.com and Download.com, to running a speed and capacity swat group. Previous to CNET, he managed one of the first website hosting operations. Mr. Webster is currently responsible for most of CNET's server platforms including search servers, web servers, and application servers. He is always transitioning platforms from the closed to the open. One of Webster's latest search platforms is an enterprise search service built around MySQL's Full-Text system.

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Thomas Weeks
Thomas Weeks joined Rackspace in 1999 and currently serves as lead systems engineer in the SMB segment. Weeks has worked in several areas of Rackspace including system administration, corporate technical training, and as a liaison between customer technical support, security, product and engineering departments. Prior to joining Rackspace, Weeks worked with several large government IT/security firms in the positions of test and integration lab coordinator, system administrator, as well as electrical and systems engineer. Thomas holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering Technologies from Texas A&M University, with a Telecom specialty. Weeks recently coauthored the new book, Linux Troubleshooting Bible (Wiley), and has also been president of the San Antonio technology user group "X-otic Computer Systems of San Antonio" (xcssa.org) since 1996. Weeks can be reached via his site: http://theweeks.org or tweeksjunk2@theweeks.org

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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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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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Nikolay V. Yevik
Nikolay V. Yevik is a Technical Consultant in the IBM eServer Solutions Enablement organization, where he helps ISVs in enabling their applications for AIX and Linux on the IBM pSeries platform. He has over 7 years of development experience on UNIX platforms. He has Masters degrees in Computer Science and Petroleum Engineering.

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Maria Yuin
Maria Yuin has been in the Business Objects Data Integrator organization for over five years.  As a senior member of the technical team, Maria has worked on various parts of the product, especially in database interfaces.  One of Maria's most recent projects include integration with MySQL.  Prior to Data Integrator, Maria was at Tandem Computers on the SQL/MX project where she worked on the execution component of the database engine.  Maria has a M.S. degree from University of Wisconsin, Madison.

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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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Jeremy D. Zawodny
Jeremy has been with Yahoo! for over six and a half years. His Yahoo! career started with the high-traffic Yahoo! Finance site, where he worked to make MySQL part of the site's core infrastructure in large batch operations, as well as real-time feed processing and serving content directly on the site.

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Margo Zenk
Margo Zenk brings 30 years of experience in high-tech project development/implementation and programming for major corporations. Her major accomplishments include developing the software systems which control Citibank's global automated-teller network, directing development of the first integrated digital creation/distribution system for marketing materials, and directing development of the first point-and-click ad production software. She formerly served as manager of U.S. Initiatives for Citicorp Transaction Technology. Additionally, she managed the Moviefone national deployment.

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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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