MySQL Training: Cost or Investment?

Best Practices for Businesses
25 April 11:00am - 11:50am @ Ballroom H

Is MySQL training a cost or an investment? Some companies view training as a cost, one that takes employees away from work. Percona views MySQL training as an investment. The employee that attends our MySQL training will return to their job equipped with new knowledge of best practices catered to address their unique MySQL challenges, reducing downtime while avoiding unnecessary costs by applying what they have learned. This session will discuss what goes into ensuring Percona Training provides value, cuts fluff, and is dynamic so that the needs of the individual can be addressed in every class Percona delivers. The Percona Training team will be on hand to answer questions. We will have some customers on hand to discuss why they choose Percona Training.


David Hildebrandt, PhD
Director of Training, Percona
Dave is responsible for Percona’s customer training. His focus is on quality, delivery methods, and ensuring that Percona Training remains one of the best in the business—OK the best in the business!
Jaime Crespo
MySQL DBA, Wikimedia Foundation
Jaime works as a database administrator for the non-profit organization Wikimedia Foundation, host of Wikipedia and other similar open knowledge projects. His main topics of interest are MySQL query optimization and architectures for high availability. He is a former MySQL A.B./Sun Microsystems/Oracle/Percona instructor and consultant, and has also worked as an independent MySQL consultant at
Justin Swanhart
Principal Support Engineer @Percona, Percona / Shard-Query / Flexviews
Justin is a systems architect. His most recent software development project is Shard-Query. His other interests include data warehousing, materialized views, and OLAP analysis. He also created and maintains Flexviews, a materialized view toolkit for MySQL.
Bill Karwin
Senior Database Architect, SchoolMessenger
Throughout his career, Bill has shared his knowledge to help other programmers achieve success and productivity. Bill has answered thousands of questions, giving him a unique perspective on SQL mistakes that most commonly cause problems.
John Allen
Platform Engineer, Demonware
Platform Engineer at Demonware.
John Cesario
MySQL DBA, Godaddy, INC.
John Cesario has been a member of the Data Services Engineering team at Go Daddy for 6 years. He assists in crafting the technical roadmap and enjoys solving problems throughout the entire stack.
Alexei Rodriguez
VP of Operations, Evernote
Alexei Rodriguez leads technical operations for Evernote, the company that wants the world to remember everything and get things done. Previously, he was VP of Operations at Proofpoint (NASDAQ:PFPT) where he stewarded transforming the business from enterprise software to a global SaaS provider. Earlier in his career, Alexei held technical operations leadership roles at Ning, Earthlink, and Loudcloud. Alexei received his BSBA Computer and Information Science from the University of Florida.