SQL in the City Summit

Compliant Database DevOps in the age of digital transformation

Redgate’s 2019 SQL in the City Summits focussed on Compliant Database DevOps and equipped Microsoft Data Platform leaders with the knowledge needed to effectively balance the demand for delivering software faster, while protecting and preserving business critical data.

The event schedule includes thought provoking sessions presented by world class speakers, engaging panel discussions with industry peers, plus time for networking.

Discover why DevOps has been adopted by many successful organizations across various industries, learn about the benefits of Database DevOps, and understand how best to implement this positive shift in your IT team.

Who should attend?

If you lead an IT team or manage databases on Microsoft's Data Platform and you're looking to stay ahead of the competition, increase the speed of deployments, help your team work leaner and quicker, add more value, and manage risk, all at the same time, join this event to understand how Redgate is helping leaders like you to deliver value quicker and keep their data safe.

Software delivery is at the heart of your business' ability to respond to customer needs and move ahead of the competition. We aim to help you discover how best to implement a consistent, scalable, and repeatable process to help your team keep application and database development in sync.

Common job titles among attendees at Redgate's previous Summits included:
DevOps Managers, Global Technology Manager, Director of IT, Senior Database Administrator, Development Manager, Senior Architect, Director of Database Administration & Engineering, Director of Information Technology, Senior Manager - Data Architecture & Design, Senior Director of Technology, IT Manager, CTO.


The fantastic line-up of presenters will share their knowledge and experience of how businesses can benefit from a DevOps approach to database development, while staying compliant and minimizing risk.

Anderson Rangel

APAC Pre-Sales Engineer at Redgate

Anderson is an experienced Data Platform professional with over 14 years’ experience managing complex SQL Server environments on behalf of ASX-listed, private, and public organizations across Australia. Using a consultative approach, Anderson specializes in helping organizations unlock the value in their business data, architecting tailored solutions using the Microsoft Data Platform.

Anderson joined Redgate six months ago and brings an intrinsic technical mindset along with a business-oriented focus, and is passionate about collaborating with people to drive results using technology.

Kelly Broekstra

Data Platform Consultant at LobsterPot Solutions

Kelly is an Information Management, Business Intelligence, and Project Management specialist with over 10 years’ experience in agile data warehouse development and a passion for understanding a client’s need to create the most fit for purpose solution achievable.

Kelly has considerable practice utilizing and adapting Agile and DevOps principles to extensive BI and data warehousing projects at large and small organizations. Her desire for simplifying the development process while providing the best solution for the client is perfectly suited to the DevOps world.

Greg Low

Microsoft Data Platform MVP and founder of SQL Down Under

Greg is well known in the SQL Server community as a mentor, trainer, author, and community leader. He is a certified master for SQL Server, was an instructor in that program, and holds a PhD in Computer Science. Microsoft regularly call on Greg to develop data-related content, and to train their own staff. He regularly speaks at tier-one conferences internationally.

Greg is best known for his SQL Down Under podcast, SDU Tools, and his eBooks and whitepapers. He heads up a boutique consultancy called SQL Down Under in Australia. Greg has been awarded as an MVP since 2001.

Warwick Rudd

Data Platform MVP, Founder at SQL Masters Consulting,

Warwick is a Microsoft Data Platform MVP, Microsoft Certified Master – SQL 2008, Founder and Principal Consultant at SQL Masters Consulting. With over 15 years of experience beginning with the release of SQL Server 6.5 he has worked in both Australia and England, and in everything from small start-ups to multi-national corporations.

Warwick predominantly specializes in designing and implementing HA/DR solutions. He is a frequent speaker at local SQL Server user groups & SQLSaturday events, as well as Ignite in Australia and New Zealand.

Hamish Watson

Microsoft Data Platform MVP and DevOps Alchemist at Morph iT

Hamish is a Microsoft Data Platform MVP and VMware Expert with a passion for efficient database and application deployment using DevOps methodologies. He has 19 years’ IT experience in managing and deploying large scale databases on SQL Server technologies.

He has been managing SQL Server since SQL Server 2000, and pragmatic approaches to delivering business value to clients is his career passion. Educating and helping others learn is a driver for Hamish and he is a PASS Chapter Leader, international speaker, and a repeat guest lecturer at a local university.

Ike Ellis

Data Platform MVP and Partner at Crafting Bytes,

Ike has been active in the SQL Server community for twenty years. He recently released the second edition of his book, Developing Azure Solutions. He’s a partner in a San Diego software studio, Crafting Bytes.

He’s chairman of the San Diego Tech Immersion Group, a technical book club that meets once a month. He also co-chairs the San Diego Software Architects Group.

Mindy Curnutt

Data Platform MVP

Mindy Curnutt is a business owner, 5x Microsoft Data Platform MVP, and President of the North Texas SQL Server User Group (one of the largest PASS organizations in the world). She has been involved in the SQL community for more than 20 years. Mindy was an SME on multiple Microsoft SQL Server Cert Exams (2012-2014) and is the co-author of four books, most recently MS Press SQL Server 2017 Administration Inside-Out. She regularly speaks at conferences, including PASS Summit, ITDevConnections, Live360, and SQL Saturdays nationwide.

Paul Hunter


Paul has over 15 years of experience in database and information systems architecture, design, development, and implementation, utilizing distributed technologies, nine of those years as an IT Consultant. This experience includes database architecture, modeling, design, development, conversion, tuning, and integration processing, as well as integration of third-party applications to provide seamless unified access to data regardless of source and format. Paul also has experience with management and technical leadership, knowledge transfer, best practices, and project management and delivery.

He’s active with North Texas SQL Server User Group and a presenter/speaker at several SQL Saturday events. He has had several utility scripts and an article published on Two scripts were chosen as Script of the Day. In addition, he’s a Certified Scrum Master and Agile Coach, and has introduced agile database practices to shorten the development and release cycle. He’s also experienced with automation of change delivery using source control management (TFS), and continuous integration/deployment using Redgate, Octopus, and PowerShell scripts.

John Sterrett

Principal Consultant, Procure SQL LLC

John Sterrett is an MCSE: Data Platform, Principal Consultant and the Founder of Procure SQL LLC. Previously, he was a Sr. Database Admin Advisor for Dell, directly responsible for several mission-critical databases behind

John has presented at many community events, including PASS Summit, SQLRally, 24 Hours of PASS, SQLSaturdays, PASS Chapters, and Virtual Chapter meetings. John is a leader of the Austin SQL Server User Group and was the founder of the HADR Virtual Chapter.

Jeffrey Palermo

CEO of Clear Measure

Jeffrey is a Microsoft Developer Technologies MVP and CEO of Clear Measure, the go to software engineering firm for mid-market B2B companies, and one of the fastest growing small business in central TX (ABJ/Inc. 5000).

Jeffrey has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP since 2006 and has spoken at national conferences such as Microsoft Ignite, Tech Ed, VS Live, and DevTeach. He has founded and run several software user groups and is the author of several print books, video books, and many articles. A graduate of Texas A&M University and the Jack Welch Management Institute, an Eagle Scout, and an Iraq war veteran, Jeffrey likes to spend time with his family of five camping and riding dirtbikes.

Brian McRae

Pre-Sales Engineer at Redgate

Although relatively new to Redgate, Brian is an experienced Pre-Sales Engineer with more than 20 years of technology experience as a developer, architect, and DBA. During that time, he worked in dozens of industries with hundreds of companies, from the Fortune 50 to venture-backed startups.

His breadth of experience and technical expertise allows him to understand the bigger picture implications of technology within the enterprise, and he specializes in helping clients architect Redgate solutions that are both technically sound and commercially viable.

Chris Unwin

Data Privacy and Protection Solution Specialist at Redgate

Chris is the Data Privacy and Protection Solution Specialist at Redgate. He started his career in SQL Server development and ERP configuration and joined Redgate in 2016. Chris works with a variety of companies, helping many of our global customers solve a variety of challenges; from rolling changes forward efficiently, to providing the best possible data-compliant, pre-production environments.

Chris Kerswell

Lead Pre-Sales Engineer at Redgate

Chris joined Redgate in March 2018, before which he was a Solution Architect and a Pre-sales Consultant at other software companies. Chris brings experience of working with IT professionals from a wide variety of enterprises of all sizes and verticals, where he focused on helping solve their compliance and productivity challenges.

Arneh Eskandari

Head of AMER Pre-Sales Engineering at Redgate

Arneh has been with Redgate for over eight years. During this time, he has partnered with organizations across a range of sectors, helping them to improve their overall database change management process. Recent projects have included evaluating DevOps maturity, implementing future recommendations such as automation, tackling complex and cross dependent databases, and delivering proof of concepts to large siloed development teams.

Tom Austin

Head of Sales (EMEA)

Before taking a sales leadership role, Tom was Redgate’s longest serving Pre-Sales Engineer, he and his team worked with hundreds of clients across the globe, from start-ups to FTSE/Fortune 100 companies and everything in between. He specialized in helping clients to improve their approach to Database DevOps as well as writing and delivering training courses across Europe and Asia.

Kendra Little

Data Platform MVP, DevOps Advocate at Redgate,

Kendra is a Microsoft Certified Master and a Microsoft MVP. She has taught developers and DBAs around the world to write fast, reliable code for SQL Server.

Kendra fell in love with the challenge of deploying software to a complex database environment when she worked in a build operations team at a software startup. She went on to manage and deploy changes to performance critical databases at Microsoft Corporation, working with systems from internal source control databases to customer-facing very large databases (VLDBs). Since then, Kendra has worked internationally as a trainer and consultant, specializing in performance tuning and practical code patterns for SQL Server. She joined Redgate as a Product Evangelist in 2018.

Kathi Kellenberger

Data Platform MVP, Editor at Simple Talk

Kathi Kellenberger is the Editor of Simple Talk and a Microsoft Data Platform MVP. She has worked with SQL Server for over 20 years and has authored, co-authored, or tech edited over a dozen technical books. Kathi is the co-leader of the PASS Women in Technology Virtual Group and a volunteer at LaunchCode. When Kathi isn’t working she enjoys spending time with family and friends, cycling, singing, and climbing the stairs of tall buildings.

Steve Jones

Data Platform MVP, Editor at

Steve is a Microsoft SQL Server MVP and has been working with SQL Server since version 4.2 on OS/2. After working as a DBA and developer for a variety of companies, Steve co-founded the community website in 2001. Since 2004, Steve has been the full-time editor of the site, ensuring it continues to be a great resource for SQL Server professionals. Over the last decade, Steve has written hundreds of articles about SQL Server for, SQL Server Standard magazine, SQL Server Magazine, and Database Journal.

Grant Fritchey

Data Platform MVP, Advocate at Redgate,

Grant Fritchey is a Data Platform MVP with over 30 years experience in IT, including time spent in support and development.

He has worked with SQL Server since 6.0 back in 1995. He has also developed in VB, VB.NET, C#, and Java. Grant has written books for Apress and Simple-Talk. Grant presents at conferences and user groups, large and small, all over the world. Grant volunteers for PASS and is on the Board of Directors as the Immediate Past President. He joined Redgate Software as a product advocate January 2011.

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