In the annual State of MySQL keynote, Karen Padir, Vice President for MySQL & Software Infrastructure at Sun Microsystems discusses the current and future role of MySQL in the modern online world. The presentation also covers the broader role MySQL plays at Sun, the role open source is playing for users and customers all over the planet, and what the visions for the future are.
As Vice President of Sun’s MySQL & Software Infrastructure group, Karen Tegan Padir leads a global business and engineering organization focused on the delivery of market-leading software products that are the platform of choice for the network economy. In this role, Karen is spearheading Sun’s transformation into the fastest growing and most valuable open source software business in the world. She reports to Anil Gadre, EVP of Sun’s Application Platform Software business.
Karen is responsible for the core products, platforms and technologies including: MySQL, the world’s most popular open source database, GlassFish, the world’s most downloaded application server, Identity Management products for single sign on and user and role provisioning, Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) products for integration and flexible IT infrastructure, and the complete Java Enterprise System. MySQL was acquired by Sun in February 2008 and Karen led both the technical due diligence and the technology and engineering integration of MySQL after the close of the agreement. Karen’s organization spans the globe in more than ten geographies.
Karen rejoined Sun after spending a year at Red Hat Inc., where she was Vice President of Engineering for Infrastructure Technologies responsible for Red Hat Identity Management products including Directory and Certificate server products, as well as Quality and Release Engineering of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux bundle.
As one of the founding members of the J2EE organization at Sun, Karen managed the creation of specifications, compatibility test suites, blueprints and guided implementations of Java in the enterprise. Under her leadership, J2EE captured more than 96 percent market share in the application server market, which represents the fastest Java technology adoption in its history.
Prior to Sun, where Karen has served since 1993, she was with Stratus Computer Inc. She holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration and a Bachelors of Science Degree in Computer Science from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). Karen serves on WPI’s board of trustees.
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