Probably the best European conference on MySQL is coming this fall

The full schedule for Percona Live London 2014 was revealed earlier this month.
Congratulation to all selected speakers and a big thanks to those who submitted a talk.

I have many reasons to believe that this conference will be a very good year.
Let me explain why:

A community event made by community members

If you didn’t know who selected the talks for the conference, have a look to the conference committee page.
This committee is a perfect mixed between community members and evangelists.
As chairman of this conference, I can say that these guys made an amazing job to rate and comment this huge amount of  submitted talks.

I particularly want to point out that despite the commitment of some members of the committee for their companies, they played the game with a perfect fair play. They made smart choices with honesty and impartiality.

Also, Percona organizes the conference and selects the committee members.
But isn’t involved in any way on the choices made by the committee members, it should be highlighted.
That mean that the committee works independently, on a fair process, really.

I established a new process this year to reinforce this idea of ​​fair selection of the talks.
The committee members didn’t have access to the other members’s votes until the end of the rating period.
I found this method very interesting to force a spontaneous and personal choice from each committee members.
It was probably not perfect but if you have a look to the selected talks, you may find that the selection is particularly renewed this year.

if I have the opportunity to work on this event again next year, we probably should involve the whole community in this process.
I don’t know how we could make this possible but we have 1 year to think about. Any ideas?

One more thing: We did all this for fun.

Active sponsors

I don’t want to promote the sponsors here but remember that this conference couldn’t be possible without them.
I just want to point out that the sponsors are actively involved in the MySQL Community and its development.

You probably heard how GitHub works with MySQL or all the good news that Tokutek provides for MySQL and MongoDB.
Codership, Continuent, Devart and Severalnines are really active, as usual.
Pythian (included Blackbird) is a leader in the world of (big/small)data, don’t miss their blog.
And HGST works to improve integration between databases and SSD.

Good sponsors make good events!

A well balanced schedule

Of course, good topics make good events.

The predefined categories allowed to have a good sample of topics this year.
HA, security, performance, replication… and a lot of case studies, you have no excuse to not attend.

The tutorials and the talks offered this year are simply amazing.

Also, Facebook is back this year with good stuff, it could be interesting to learn how they manage their small data.
Booking, eBay, HP and Spil Games certainly have very interesting things to expose too.

And of course, all the latest news about Oracle and MariaDB.

You still have doubts? Book now and save money!

Hope to see you there next month.
Good luck and have fun!

PS: Don’t miss the (free) community dinner, because smart attendees make good events!

Wake up European DBA, call for papers for Percona Live London 2014 is open!

Call for papers for Percona Live London 2014 is open. For the fourth consecutive year, PLUK is going to be one of the best community event in Europe.
I have the honour of being conference committee chairman and the hard task to reviewing the talks with my colleagues of the committee.

First, let me introduce the committee members:

  • Art van Scheppingen (Spil Games)
  • Nicolai Plum (Booking.com)
  • Luis Motta Campos (Ebay Classifieds Group)
  • Colin Charles (MariaDB)
  • David Busby (Percona)
  • Morgan Tocker (Oracle)
  • Cédric PEINTRE (Dailymotion)

Amazing, isn’t it?! I think we couldn’t have a better committee for a community event.
I’m very glad to take part in the adventure with you guys!

And if you wonder what the committee does, please, read this review from Shlomi.
You should know that the committee is fully independent. We are working hard to offer you the best conference and being as fair as possible, with our beliefs, with fun.

Now, it’s time to submit your talks and tutorials. Like I said last year, If you are using databases, you might have something to say.
We are looking for the best use cases in relation to these topics, surprise us!

  • High Availability
  • DevOps
  • Programming
  • Performance Optimization
  • Replication & Backup
  • MySQL in the Cloud
  • MySQL and NoSQL
  • MySQL Case Studies
  • Security
  • What’s New in MySQL

Tell us about your life, I’m sure you have a ton of stories to tell us.
We would love to have new faces, new companies and new topics this year again.
Don’t be shy, everyone is eager to drink your words.

Read the guidelines and submit your talk now!

Looking forward to meet you in London in November.
Cheers

FOSDEM slides ok, but where are your slides from PLUK?

As usual, you can find the slides from PLUK 2013 and FOSDEM 2014 on [Plus].
You have just to access to the slides page and free up some time to discover and read all the referenced content.

Remember the programs of these fantastic events :

Now, I’ve just discovered that many slides are missing for PLUK 2013 on the perconalive website.

For latecomers, it’s still time to upload your slides from your dedicated speaker page.
Please, do it quickly, the attendees, the community, the committee and myself will be grateful to enjoy your slides!

Cheers

How do you want to get [Plus] in 2014!

2013 was and we wish you a happy new year 2014!
Last year was amazing and we are looking forward to live 2014.

I’m honored to take part of two amazing events in 2014, the FOSDEM and PLMCE.
By my lowly contribution as committee member of these two events, I wanted to promote open source in general and MySQL in particular.
And the schedule of these events tells me that we won the bet!
(PLMCE schedule will be published next week)

MySQL raises interest more and again in 2014 and is still in the heart of major architectures ;-)
We are proud to promote community events, community projects and open source initiatives for many years!

Also, for several months we have been working hard on glimpsee.net.
We hope to offer you a private beta release of our elegantly simple dashboard in the next few months.
Glimpsee has been already tested by privileged users since last summer.
And I heard they couldn’t live without our dynamic dashboard…

Hope to meet you somewhere on earth in 2014.

Cheers

Percona Live London 2013 : My Chairman point of view!

I would like to write a short and dislocated post on my condition of Chairman of the PLUK this year. When I accepted this mission, I had no clue what was going to be my job and I have no regret about this decision.
Because it was a fantastic experience and a wonderful conference.

So, I would like to thanks Kortney and Percona again for trusting me.
My committee fellows, David, Todd, Kenny, Ben and Ivan for their involvement.
All those of you who have submitted talks and tutorials for their high level and quality.
And of course all the attendees, we have cooked up this conference for you, thank you for being there.

I jumped into this adventure with my beliefs and I wanted to do it as honestly as possible and as humbly as possible.
I attended all the last PLUK conferences and I quickly knew what I wanted for this new event.

My priority was to have full day tutorials and some new faces, and I think we had both of them.
I wanted some stories, Etsy, Spil Games, WordPress, eBay and Bodybuilding.com told us their stories.
The opening keynotes from Peter, Monty and Tomas have been the icing on the cake!

As you can imagine, manage a committee with members from Percona, Oracle and SkySQL was a bit tricky. But I was very impressed by the loyalty and passion to achieve this mission together.
No, the real difficulty for us was to rate and choose only 24 among more than 100 submitted talks.

I’m not really the best person to say that but I think we did the job and I hope you enjoyed the conference.
Please, share the sessions you loved on your favorite social network and post a comment with your thoughts about the conference.

Now, it’s time to move forward :

  • CfP for FOSDEM 2014 (MySQL devroom) is still open until December 8th, submit ASAP!
  • CfP for PLMCE 2014 is still open until December 7th, you know what you have to do!
  • You can also register right know for PLMCE 2014 and enjoy a very sweet price

To be continued…