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Cloud, SaaS and The Consumerization of IT
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I wrote a guest column for GigaOm on how open source software, cloud and software as a service are helping to bring about the consumerization of IT: namely bringing simplicity where complexity reigned.  I cited some examples including New Relic, Box.net and Apple.

Open source has gone a long way toward putting power back in the hands of developers, who can download, install and deploy software without having to go through any kind of convoluted sales or budget approval process.  You want MySQL?  You can download and install in 

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MySQL Sunday at Oracle Open World
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Looks like Oracle is continuing to invest heavily in MySQL and the storage engine eco-system.  They've announced a full MySQL Sunday at the upcoming Oracle Open World Sunday September 19, in San Francisco.  Registration is only $75 which is a bargoon.  I expect this will be bigger than any MySQL conference held to date.  And there's also the JavaOne developer conference and the rest of the Oracle Open World show.

Ok, technically things actually start at noon, but knowing the MySQL crowd, I am sure there will be parties that go well past midnight.  


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More on the open core : the pragmatic view
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I joined the number of those who have a public opinion on the open core debate.
Roberto Galoppini has graciously accepted to host a post on this topic in his Commercial Open Source Software blog.
Please read it directly from there:
Open to the core - The pragmatic freedom
Enjoy!
eReaders and the Danger of Price Wars
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A longer version of this story is published at www.opensources.com

Last week, Barnes & Noble announced they would cut the price on their wireless Nook eReader, from $259 to $199 ($149 for a new WiFi-only edition.)  Many thought this was a good opportunity for the third place contender to gain market share.  But within a few hours Amazon beat Barnes & Noble's price by $10, marking down the Kindle



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Four short links: 25 June 2010
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  • Membase -- an open-source (Apache 2.0 license) distributed, key-value database management system optimized for storing data behind interactive web applications. These applications must service many concurrent users; creating, storing, retrieving, aggregating, manipulating and presenting data in real-time. Supporting these requirements, membase processes data operations with quasi-deterministic low latency and high sustained throughput. (via Hacker News)
  • Sergey's Search (Wired) -- Sergey Brin, one of the Google founders, learned he had a gene allele that gave him much higher odds of getting Parkinson's. His response has been to help medical research, both with money and through
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    Disrupting IT with Open Source & Cloud
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    A couple of weeks ago I gave a presentation at the Apache Lucene Eurocon in Prague. It was a good conference focused on Lucene/Solr open source search technology and sponsored by Lucid Imagination.  

    I've posted the bulk of the presentation below.  (I omitted a couple of slides that were MySQL specific.) Even though it was a technical conference, I got positive feedback from the attendees and organizers that the information was useful in helping folks think about where to focus their efforts.  

    The slides have been posted to Box.net and are shown using their new "embedded

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    MySQL is gone. Here comes MariaDB and Drizzle.
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    After Sun Microsystems was acquired by Oracle, there has been a large amount of discussions in the business and developer community on the future of MySQL community involved in its development.

    A Community Fork?

    Interestingly, MySQL community has been able to create a new Database by a fork from the public branch and has revived the project as MariaDB.

    On it’s website, AskMonty.org [founded by Michael "Monty" Widenius, the founder and creator of MySQL] states that its aim is,

    To provide a community developed, stable, and always Free branch of MySQL that is, on the user level, compatible with the main version. We strive for total

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    Investing in Disruption
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     I'm an advisor, investor and board member to several startup software companies including Revolution Computing, Pentaho and most recently Erply a new Software as a Service (SaaS) company.  One of the common threads I look for is the opportunity to disrupt a large market.

    One of the things that made MySQL successful was



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    European Startup Situation
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    I attended a panel session at the South by Southwest Interactive conference recently on the topic of high-tech startups in Europe.  The panel included Marten Mickos (former CEO of MySQL, now at Eucalyptus), Resham Sohoni (CEO of Seedcamp), Peter Robinett (Bubble Foundry) and Felix Petersen (Nokia).  It was interesting to learn about some of the initiatives, like Seedcamp, which are investing in and promoting startup companies like Erply, and Codility coming out of eastern europe. These

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    Tech Messages | 2010-02-24
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    A special extended edition of Tech Messages for 2010-02-20 through 2010-02-24:

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    Future of Open Source Survey 2010
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    As usual, Michael Skok of North Bridge ventures will be presenting the results of the annual Future of Open Source survey at this year's OSBC conference, March 17-18 in San Francisco.  This is a great opportunity to weigh in and provide your perspective on some important business questions. Here are the 2009 Results


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    LinuxTag 2010: Call for Papers Ends Today
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    LinuxTag is the most important place for Linux and open source software in Europe. Last year, LinuxTag had over ten thousand attendees, and over 300 speakers. This year, the 16th LinuxTag will be June 9-12, 2010 at the Berlin Fairgrounds in Germany.

    LinuxTag seeks exciting and suitable proposals for presentations in the conference tracks. The Call for Papers ends today.

    I am proud to be a member of the LinuxTag Program Committee. Although a lot of proposals have already been submitted, there are some topics missing that I’d personally like to see covered. So, if you’re up for a last minute submission, get your inspiration from the following

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    MySQL site down? Can't get MySQL Docs? Technocation has a mirror!
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    If the MySQL site (including documentation) isn't working for you, try a mirror site.

    "But," you ask, "how do I know what the mirror sites are if I can't access the site?"

    Great question! Technocation has a mirror site (updated daily) at http://technocation.org/mirror/mysql/.

    Also, we have purchased www.mysqlmirrors.com which points to the official list of mirrors at http://technocation.org/mirror/mysql/downloads/mirrors.html.

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    Scott McNealy's Final Goodbye
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    I met Scott McNealy several times over the last year in customer meetings and to talk about Sun's open source strategy.  He's a class act all the way.  He sent out his final email to Sun employees and partners earlier today. 

    Here's an excerpt:    

        While it was never the primary vision to be acquired by Oracle, it was always an interesting option. And this huge event is upon us now. Let’s all embrace it with all of the enthusiasm and class and talent that we have to offer.

        This combination has the potential to put Sun, its people, and its technology at the center of yet another industry and game changing inflection point. The opportunity is


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    Save MySQL by letting Oracle keep it GPL
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    In this article I am responding to many parts of Monty’s post at http://monty-says.blogspot.com/2009/12/help-keep-internet-free.html which are just plain not true, or are exaggerations.

    I will give my own answers to the self-interview questions Monty provides, as I feel he is using his name and popularity to spreading fear that is not warranted.

    Q: Why don’t you trust that Oracle would be a good owner of MySQL?

    I cannot say whether or not Oracle would kill MySQL. However, I have already stated I believe Oracle will not kill MySQL. This is based on the fact that Oracle has had the chance to kill MySQL for several years, by making InnoDB

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    A MySQL Community Member Opinion of Oracle Buying Sun
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    The bottom line: As both a community member of MySQL, and a service provider, I am not worried about Oracle buying Sun and acquiring MySQL in the process. There is no validity to the argument that Oracle will slow down or stop MySQL development — it is not possible, with various forks already in heavy development, and it is not probable, because Oracle has owned the InnoDB codebase for 4 years and has not slowed that development down.

    My bias

    I use MySQL, and want to see it continue to be developed. I work for The Pythian Group, providing DBA services to clients running MySQL. Together with my MySQL colleagues at The Pythian Group, the services provided run the gamut from rotating logs, monitoring, performance tuning, designing and implementing and optimizing database architectures and

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    Commercialization of PHP Software
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    I’ve just published an article that explains how a PHP-based product can gain a good position in the market and be made appealing to customers by using marketing communication. The focus is on products licensed under an Open Source license. Yet, most of the recommendations also apply to proprietary offerings.

    The article has initially been published in German by PHPmagazin. It has now been translated to English and is available on the Initmarketing website: Commercialization of PHP Software.

    MySQL - could we please move on already?
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    I've kept away from this debate since last April, but this eternal dragging-on is getting to me. Could we please move on already regarding the Oracle-Sun-MySQL decision? I'm a customer of MySQL, and I don't really savor the idea of becoming a customer of Oracle. Even so, I'd much rather see Oracle own it, than leave it straggling, let alone see this process drag on and on. This is helping no one.

    I'm using a product from a company from which I buy commercial support (http://mysql.com/products/enterprise/), but I could switch to using a binary-compatible Open Source tool any day I chose. I am not bound to remaining a customer of the company I'm buying support from for any period longer than the current contract. I can definitely live with that

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    Four short links: 26 October 2009
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  • Toiling in the Data Mines -- Tom Armitage describes the process that Berg calls "material exploration". Programmers very rarely talk about what their work feels like to do, and that's a shame. Material explorations are something I've really only done since I've joined BERG, and both times have felt very similar - in that they were very, very different to writing production code for an understood product. They demand code to be used as a sculpting tool, rather than as an engineering material, and I wanted to explain the knock-on effects of that: not just in terms of what I do, and the kind of code that's appropriate for that, but also in terms of how I feel as I work on these explorations. Even if the section on the code itself
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    Appraising Your Investment In Enterprise Web Analytics
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    In the information age, everyone collaborates on this worldwide knowledge exchange channel that's called Internet. Computing devices are proliferating and all interactions are finding a common home: the net. It binds us in a way that was inconceivable only a few years ago. I can stay up to date on what my US or Japan colleagues are doing. I can read articles and thoughts written in unknown cities all around the globe.

    We are all on the web; MySQL (http://www.mysql.com/) is so popular because of the web I'll say. Whether you have a small niche blog or you are a famous writer in your field of expertise, you should care about analyzing your readers. This becomes more important if you are a company willing to publicize products

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    Web Based Seminars (aka Webinars), why not?
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    On Thursday the 8th, we delivered the most successful italian MySQL webinar ever. We had about 350 registrations, thanks for your support and constant participation!
    We also awarded a wonderful MySQL t-shirt to the one who first answered correctly to a trivia question, congratulations to the winner.

    Looking into the story of italian webinars, here is the ranking in terms of registrations:
  • Getting Started with MySQL on Windows
  • Scalable MySQL High Availability Architectures
  • A guide to Scaling MySQL
  • MySQL Performance Tuning - Top 5 Tips
  • Introducing MySQL 5.0
  • If you were unable to participate you can click here (http://www.mysql.it/news-and-events/on-demand-webinars/) and listen



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    A Single Blog for Everything
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    As you saw, I've not blogged for a long time on this site. I managed two different blogs for a while, but now it's the time to condense everything on one of it; and the winner is: It's Just About Communication.

    I moved all the old posts, so that it becomes the unique source of informations about myself and my job. You can find a bunch of new articles on the sidebar, pointing to the aforementioned blog.

    See you on the new home!

     

    A Single Blog for Everything
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    As you saw, I've not blogged for a long time on this site. I managed two different blogs for a while, but now it's the time to condense everything on one of it; and the winner is: It's Just About Communication.

    I moved all the old posts, so that it becomes the unique source of informations about myself and my job. You can find a bunch of new articles on the sidebar, pointing to the aforementioned blog.

    See you on the new home!

     

    A Single Blog for Everything
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    As you saw, I've not blogged for a long time on this site. I managed two different blogs for a while, but now it's the time to condense everything on one of it; and the winner is: It's Just About Communication.

    I moved all the old posts, so that it becomes the unique source of informations about myself and my job. You can find a bunch of new articles on the sidebar, pointing to the aforementioned blog.

    See you on the new home!

     

    MySQL is Emerging in the Emerging Markets
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    A survey of more than 400 developers showed that MySQL is closing the lead Microsoft's SQL server has in emerging markets. More than 50 percent of developers in the emerging market countries said they are using Microsoft's SQL Server, but 46 percent said they are using MySQL.

    This is another great news, after the results coming from the european SMBs survey. The adoption and usage of MySQL is still growing despite the economic downturn. Go MySQL!



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    MySQL, Open Source, SMBs and my Home Country
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    I know that you may have read about it before, but I want to summarize some interesting evolutions of MySQL and the Open Source adoption in Europe.
    I will reflect on it with a specific focus on Italy, for two reasons: Italy is my home country and is of the territories where I work as a Sales Engineer (together with Iberia and Emerging Markets).

    MySQL has just released survey of 637 small and medium-size businesses (less than 500 employees) in Europe documenting open source usage. According to the survey (http://www.mysql.com/industry/smb/breakfree.html) the future will be full of satisfaction for MySQL.

    You can read the comments in Zack's post




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    Four short links: 24 September 2009
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  • Milestones in the History of Thematic Cartography -- This resource provides a comprehensive view of the history of cartography, with examples of maps created throughout the ages and background information about the contexts within which those maps, visualizations and map making technologies were created. Explore each time period, click on the images and stories found throughout each time line, and read more about the history of creating thematic maps as a means of visualizing data. (via Titine on Delicious)
  • Interview with Larry Ellison (Infoworld) -- Asked about MySQL, "No, we're not going to spin it off," even if asked to by the EU, Ellison said. Lots of
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    Open Source Business Models
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    There is once again a lot of fuzz going on about Open Source Business models,

    First on my eyballs was the article that Customers don't seem to like openCore what a big surprise ..

    So that's not the one that makes the customers happy ,

    Then there is the other side of the coin, the people that create open source
    Authors realize the dual licensing model comes hunting back at you after a merger or a hostile acquisition, yes they still have the source code to build on but they can't sell commercial licenses to their customers anymore they way

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    Arun Sarin, former Vodafone's CEO, Sharing Leadership Tips
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    I've just spent an hour of my spare time watching an exceptional UC Berkeley Lecture by Arun Sarin, former Vodafone's CEO. He shared his thoughts on leadership, focusing on four major topics that a leader should always keep in mind. I'll try to summarize some points that I intend to keep in mind.

    Strategy
    Always look at the big picture, keep an eye on what will be your company in 5,10, 15 years. Try to understand the world and anticipate trends. Comunicate clearly through mission and vision and make sure that every step is in the right direction.

    Operations
    While a good leader should be strategic, never underestimate the daily operations. Make sure that your customers have a good experience with the company. Be sure that they have the needed attention if an issue arises.







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    Marten Mickos on effective teams
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    Following up on yesterday's post about Peter Drucker's principles of effective executives, I asked former CEO of MySQL Mårten Mickos to discuss the principles that we has used in building an effective executive team. After all no single executive can be successful on their own; to build a high-performance culture requires a discipline that extends across the entire leadership.

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