15 August 2017

15 August 2017

Down Tools Week 2017

Once a year, we hold Down Tools Week at Redgate. It’s our version of a hack week – a chance to put down the day job and spend a week working on something completely different. It’s an opportunity for our developers, designers and even marketers to work on ideas that interest and inspire them beyond... Read more

26 July 2017

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26 July 2017

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Removing sensitive data from a database

Not too long ago I was assisting a client with an issue they were experiencing while running some compliance software to check for sensitive data. Sensitive data was picked up in the SQL Server data file but when the DBAs checked, the data was nowhere to be found in the database. It’s fairly widely... Read more

24 July 2017

24 July 2017

SQL Monitor plans for the second half of 2017

SQL Monitor’s dev team has made huge improvements to the product over the last year. In the first half of 2017 alone, they released reporting capabilities, support for collecting metrics from VMWare hosts, significant improvements to performance and scalability, improved configurability of alerts, as well as dozens of smaller enhancements. Since we’re about half... Read more

12 July 2017

12 July 2017

Are your automated tests slowing you down?

Slow, unreliable tests prevent teams doing great work, and make continuous delivery impossible. This was true for our SQL Source Control team when I started working with them. From pushing a commit to getting a complete set of tests took almost 12 hours. Then you had to rerun the raft of tests that sometimes... Read more

Who’d want to be a coach?

About a year ago, Redgate introduced a new role to support our development teams: Coaches. The idea’s simple. Our development teams are made up of software engineers and UX designers, who make great products. They can do that on their own, but many people are used to agile experts (like scrum masters or project... Read more

Five minutes well spent

Make a positive impact on someone’s life today – all it takes is five minutes! This technique, ‘Five Minutes Well Spent’, turns all of us into motivational coaches, but without the need for incense and chanting. This blog post is also short, because it only takes five minutes to describe what this is and... Read more