MySQL has gone through a bit of turmoil, and we have reported on some of the efforts to keep it going despite a seemingly uncommitted parent company. So we aren’t exactly surprised at the news that this year’s annual MySQL conference in Santa Clara, Calif., lacked leadership and any assurance that a conference in 2012 will happen.
“The current MySQL steward pulled out for 2011, leaving O’Reilly as the main risk taker. With a competing event on the East Coast at almost the same dates, the ecosystem was left with confusion on which event to participate in,” said Kaj Arnö, Executive Vice President of Products at SkySQL in a blog post.
The Independant Oracle User Group (IOUG) hosted Collaborate 11 in Orlando during the same week as the O’Reilly MySQL 2011 conference in Santa Clara, Calif., causing developers and user interest to be split between the coasts. Arnö noted that very few attendees managed to make both events.
A former MySQLer, Peter Zaitsev attended this year’s event in Santa Clara, and noted in his blog that it had become more of a “marketing channel and business event,” rather than a users conference. His dissatisfaction with this outcome spurred him to start a Google Group, OurSQL Conference, as a place for people interested in putting on a user-focused MySQL event in 2012 — sorry O’Reilly.