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2007.03.22 > For Immediate Release
contact: Tim Kaldahl - University Affairs
phone: 402.554.3502 - email: tkaldahl@mail.unomaha.edu

CEO of mySQL AB to Visit UNO April 2

Omaha - The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) College of Information Science and Technology (IS&T) will host Mårten Mickos, the chief executive officer of mySQL AB – a major open source technology company, Monday, April 2.

MySQL AB develops and markets a family of high performance, affordable database servers and tools using an open source development model.  The company’s database is used in more than 10 million installations ranging from large corporations to specialized embedded applications on every continent in the world.  The database also runs on more than 20 platforms including Linux, Windows, and Mac OS/X.

“Having Mr. Mickos come to UNO is a great honor and opportunity for our community,” said Deepak Khazanchi, UNO associate dean of IS & T.  “The freedom of his company’s open source model has allowed mySQL AB to gain market share from firms like Microsoft and Oracle.” 

IS&T started offering an undergraduate course, “Managing in a Digital World,” last fall, based on Thomas Friedman’s best-selling book, The World is Flat, which highlights how technology is making the planet smaller in all facets, including business.  Khazanchi team-taught the course with IS&T faculty members Ilze Zigurs and Stacie Petter.  The course is now offered each semester.  One of the case studies in the class focuses on mySQL AB and its open source model.  Mickos was informed about the class and accepted an invitation to visit UNO and spend time with students.

Mickos has served as CEO at mySQL since January 2001.  Prior to his appointment, he was CEO at MatchON Sports.  He has a master’s degree in engineering from Helsinki University of Technology in Finland.  His talk, which is free and open to the campus community and the public, will focus on the current state and future of the open source movement as a software development model.

Mickos will give his presentation in the Strauss Performing Arts Center Theatre at UNO at 1 p.m.  There will be time for questions from the audience, Khazanchi said.  While there is no cost to attend, seating is limited.  Reservations can be made online at http://mysql.ist.unomaha.edu.

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