IOUG Announces Formation of New Council of Key MySQL Thought Leaders

The Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG) recently announced the formation of the MySQL Council. Leveraging IOUG's prominent voice and longstanding relationship with Oracle, the council was formed to address the interests and needs of the broader community of MySQL users serving IOUG constituencies.

The MySQL Council includes several leaders and recognized subject matter experts from the MySQL user community. They include:

  • Sarah Novotny, Blue Gecko, Council Chairperson
  • Sheeri Cabral, PalominoDB
  • Bradley Kuszmaul, Tokutek
  • Giuseppe Maxia, Continuent
  • Rob Wultsch,
  • Matt Yonkovit, Percona

"We are pleased to welcome these MySQL evangelists and volunteer leaders to IOUG. Their passion, independent perspectives, experience and collective knowledge of MySQL will provide a solid framework for us to support our members and those interested in the MySQL evolution," said Andy Flower, IOUG President. "Their collective expert user perspective, insight and counsel will be leveraged as a respected voice of the MySQL community into Oracle. In addition, the IOUG looks forward to providing education and proven best practices to the IOUG membership and Oracle customer community along with presenting unbiased viewpoints on MySQL trends and data."

According to Council Chair Sarah Novotny, those selected as MySQL Council members were similarly enthusiastic about the group's formation. "We are excited to be part of IOUG's community, and look forward to working together to serve MySQL users across the globe," Novotny said. "MySQL users are a passionate, committed group of professionals with a host of knowledge to share. IOUG's reputation, expansive community and relationship with Oracle should all prove beneficial to advancing our collective cause."

Initial areas of focus for the MySQL Council will include providing technical articles for the peer-reviewed SELECT Journal, facilitating the development of online education, as well as supporting COLLABORATE 11 - IOUG Forum, the premier annual Oracle user group conference taking place April 10-14 in Orlando, FL. This user-driven event will present hundreds of technical sessions covering all aspects of the Oracle technology environment, including a deep focus on MySQL with content and presentations driven by several members of the council.