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Why Enterprises Still Use Relational Databases & Why Startups Should Take Note!

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Free beer, drinks, junk food, swag and more!

Roger Bodamer, Chief Product Officer, MariaDB

A Database Month event

In this action-packed presentation, MariaDB Chief Product Officer, Roger Bodamer, will review and answer questions regarding the big innovations happening with relational databases and MariaDB including:

How to leverage database functionality to match increasingly complex data needs as data evolvesMaximizing extensible architecture to best address a broad set of use casesA sneak peak at the MariaDB roadmap The pendulum of the database industry is starting to swing away from NoSQL and back towards relational databases. Organizations of all size are taking advantage of the relational database's workhorse ability and its improved capabilities for handling larger and more complex data.

For startups, relational databases provide ease of use and broad functionality that scales to operations at every stage, from early development to mature company.

For the largest industry players, shifting technical demands and requirements have led to many non-relational database providers adopting SQL-esque interfaces in an attempt to address the general purpose needs of the enterprise, veering away from the highly specialized approach that NoSQL is known for.

All companies, from startup to large enterprises, weigh their options in choosing the right database for their needs, and relational databases continue to be the most advantageous choice in the majority of usage situations.

Don't miss this exciting presentation where you will learn what to expect in the up & coming data-sector trends.

Roger Bodamer, Chief Product Officer, MariaDB
Roger joined MariaDB Corporation ( in June 2016 as the Chief Product Officer. He has more than 20 years of experience building and delivering innovative products to market, as well as deep expertise and knowledge of database architectures.

Roger holds several patents for database and middleware technology. His experience leading product development and engineering teams include 12 years with Oracle's Database and Application Server development organization where he pioneered products that delivered heterogeneous interoperability, as well as several years as SVP of product operations and engineering at Apple's PowerSchool division.

Roger served as GM at 10gen (now MongoDB Inc.) and was a founder and CEO at software company UpThere, Inc. Roger also held leadership positions at OuterBay and Efficient Frontier. He earned a Bachelor's degree in computer science from Saxion Hogescholen in the Netherlands.

Swag giveaway + food/drinks at 6:30pm
Power-Networking at 6:35pm
Presentation starts at 6:40pm

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