10 August 2015

10 August 2015

The why (and more importantly the how) of automated database deployment

Reliability, traceability, speed: these are the top three motivators for automating the deployment of database changes. Especially when it comes to production, there is no compromising on the level of scrutiny that may just prevent something disastrous happening in production. This need for quality has a strange effect. We talked recently to 30 teams at various stages... Read more

22 July 2015

22 July 2015

The key to avoiding database version control problems

It’s a familiar story. Two developers are working on a database, they’re using version control, and there’s a problem. The bigger problem is, they don’t even know they have a problem. As far as they’re concerned, they’re doing everything right. They’ve been using version control, so they can deploy the database changes they’ve been... Read more

21 July 2015

21 July 2015

Two different types of release branch

When devising the first workshop for the new Redgate DLM training program, Steve Jones and I got into a bit of a debate about branching. Upon reflection, it’s obvious why. People often use the term ‘release branch’, but they can mean different things. It is important to be clear. I did some Googling and... Read more

8 July 2015

8 July 2015

Don’t leave your database behind

Continuous delivery brings big business benefits to application development – it’s time to give the database the same benefits, says Simon Galbraith, chief executive and co-founder of Redgate. Microsoft’s recent announcement that Windows 10 will be the last big-bang release for the operating system was a surprise to many. But what on Earth is... Read more

This October we’ll be back again in London and Seattle hosting our “SQL in the City” events

Over the years, our SQL in the City events have proved enormously popular in offering SQL Server training to hundreds of database professionals. Now in its fifth year, SQL in the City attracts Database Administrators and developers (as well as other professionals who work with SQL Server) who want to hear the world’s top SQL Server speakers... Read more

15 June 2015

15 June 2015

Architectural principles of a DevOps team

Trying to tame complexity Over the last few years my team (“DevOps” – the name’s not entirely accurate, but close enough) have been putting together a handful of charter-like documents that we can agree on and work to. This isn’t an especially new idea and we shamelessly cribbed the initial version from one of the other teams.... Read more

3 June 2015

3 June 2015

Why our customers are ready for ReadyRoll

We’ve just finished the acquisition of ReadyRoll, a database migrations and deployment tool that makes it easy for software teams to develop SQL Server databases within Visual Studio. That’s the headline news, but why did we do it, and are our customers really ready for it? I’ll answer the second question first. Yes. With... Read more