Data in the Cloud - Marten Mickos - A perspective on where open source databases are going.
The MySQL user community is strong but it now has a lot of different leaders with different perspectives. Can the MySQL user community generate enough leadership as a community to together take the MySQL users conference further? Especially since this user community is very independent by nature.
I believe the MySQL user community should consider trying to become the 4th spoke at the Collaborate 2012 Conference and be the open source section of the conference. Or to try partnering with the IOUG in increasing the IOUG technical presentations with a large open source section. It seems like the developers are going to want to have access to the different databases surrounding open source, so it is in the best interest of the open source user community to consider what is best for the group.
It will be interesting to see how the MySQL user community evolves in the next year.