14 April 2021

14 April 2021

What’s Redgate’s plan for PASS?

My blog post from February 1 explains that Redgate took the opportunity to purchase the assets of PASS with the main goal of supporting the community. The PASS association ran for 21 years bringing together a community to connect, share, and learn. The community of course lives on, however the association no longer exists... Read more

12 April 2021

12 April 2021

The challenges of monitoring a highly complex database estate at the University of the Sunshine Coast

As the manager for enterprise applications and data at the University of the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia, I face a lot of unique challenges. The university itself has around 25,000 students, 1,000 permanent staff and another 1,000 seasonal staff who assist with key academic sessions. They’re spread out across the flagship campus at... Read more

29 March 2021

29 March 2021

Who Is Responsible For Building Tests?

When you begin to automate your deployments, you’re also going to start automating your testing. After all, a deployment, in and of itself, is a test. However, pretty quickly, you are going to come to the question that’s the title of this post: Who is responsible for building tests? I have two flippant answers... Read more

22 March 2021

22 March 2021

DevOps As a Bludgeon

When I first started trying to figure out how to automate database deployments, over 15 years ago, I will freely admit, I was both skeptical and reluctant. I had to be dragged up to the notion that automating getting the database code out the door wasn’t just an excuse by the developers to find... Read more

16 March 2021

16 March 2021

Code Review and DevOps

Almost every time I teach a class on DevOps, one of the questions that comes up is: How do we do code reviews in this automated process? There are actually a number of answers to this question. Let’s walk through a few. Source Control If you’re automating your deployments, I don’t think I’m going... Read more