SQL in the City Summit

  • New York October 12

  • London October 18

  • Chicago October 26

Redgate is hosting three exclusive SQL in the City Summits in New York, London, and Chicago this October, to help support senior data professionals deliver value quicker while keeping their data safe.

The Summits will focus on Compliant Database DevOps. With world-class speakers, thought-provoking sessions, engaging panel discussions, workshops, keynotes, and time for networking, Redgate’s SQL in the City Summits will provide senior data professionals with the knowledge to effectively balance the demand for delivering software faster, while protecting and preserving business-critical data.

The sessions are for C-level executives, directors, managers, senior database professionals, architects, and engineers who work on the Microsoft Data Platform.

You’ll hear from industry experts as they discuss the challenges of DevOps adoption and share their experiences of how to successfully implement database DevOps across an IT team.

Discover why DevOps has been adopted by many successful organizations across various industries, and understand how your organization could benefit and how best to implement this positive shift in your IT team.


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.

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.


Kendra Little

Microsoft Data Platform MVP, Evangelist at Redgate Software,

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.


Grant Fritchey

Data Platform MVP, Product Evangelist at Redgate,

Grant is a SQL Server MVP with over 20 years experience in IT including time spent in support and development.

Grant has worked with SQL Server since version 6.0 back in 1995. He has developed in VB, VB.Net, C# and Java. Grant volunteers at PASS with the Editorial Committee and is president of the Southern New England SQL Server Users Group (SNESSUG). He has authored books for Apress and Simple-Talk, and joined Redgate as a Product Evangelist in January 2011.


Bob Ward

Principle Architect at Microsoft

Bob is a Principal Architect for the Microsoft SQL Server Data Services Group, which owns the development for all SQL Server versions. Bob has worked for Microsoft for 25 years on every version of SQL Server shipped from OS/2 1.1 to SQL Server 2017 including Linux. He has worked in customer support as a principal escalation engineer and Chief Technology Officer (CTO), interacting with some of the largest SQL Server deployments in the world. Bob is a well-known speaker on SQL Server, often presenting talks on new releases, internals, and performance at events such as SQL PASS Summit, SQLBits, SQLIntersection, and Microsoft Ignite.


Bob Pusateri

Microsoft Certified Master

Bob is a Microsoft Certified Master with over fifteen years of experience working with database systems. As a Solutions Architect at Heraflux Technologies, his areas of expertise are performance tuning, database architecture, and VLDBs (Very Large Databases) in Microsoft SQL Server. Bob frequently speaks at technology-related events, including the PASS Summit, SQL Saturday events, PASS virtual chapter webinars, and SQL Server User Groups.


Esteban Garcia

Chief Technologist at Nebbia Technology and Microsoft Visual Studio ALM/DevOps MVP

Esteban is Founder and Chief Technologist at Nebbia Technology, a DevOps and Azure consulting company. He has a background in software development with a passion for DevOps, TFS, Azure, and software development best practices. As well as being a Microsoft Visual Studio ALM/DevOps ALM MVP, he’s a Microsoft Regional Director, Pluralsight author, and the past president of ONETUG (Orlando .NET User Group).

Esteban has more than 20 years of professional experience in software development, where he has worked in all phases of enterprise application development and design using Microsoft technologies.


Brian A. Randell

Visual Studio ALM MVP and Partner at MCW Technologies LLC

Brian is a partner with MCW Technologies, LLC. For more than 30 years, he has been building software solutions. He educates teams on Microsoft technologies via writing and training—both in-person and on demand. He’s also a consultant for worldwide companies of all sizes including Fortune 100 companies like Microsoft. Brian is a passionate software craftsman who still enjoys coding as he helps teams to improve their processes from idea to shipping to production management and monitoring. He's currently a 15 year Microsoft MVP and co-author of “Professional Application Lifecycle Management with Visual Studio 2013” from Wrox Publishing.


Ronit Reger

Senior program manager at Microsoft

Ronit is a Senior Program Manager on the Azure Data Security team, focusing on advanced data security features for Azure data services. Ronit is experienced in securing Microsoft SQL products, including SQL cloud and on-premises offerings. Her primary areas of interest are data privacy and compliance, security assessments for the data-tier, and advanced profiling algorithms to create intelligent features for data service consumers.

Simon Sabin

Director Engineering at Consultancy

Simon is owner of a Data Platform Consultancy that enables companies do more with their data by using Data DevOps to deliver data platforms.

He has worked with data for all his career and worked with companies across all industry sectors including online retail, insurance, finance, motor sport.

Education of people is at the heart of what Simon and his company stand for. It is epitomised by SQLBits, which Simon founded in 2007.


Bob Walker

Solutions Architect at Octopus Deploy

Bob joined Octopus earlier this year, after using Octopus Deploy at previous employers for over three years. Bob started working on Microsoft technologies way back in the days of .NET 1.0, when ASP.NET WebForms freely roamed the earth. Before Octopus, Bob was a Lead Application Developer at Farm Credit Services of America in Omaha, Nebraska, United States. He founded the Code Aperture blog to share his knowledge of DLM Automation, .NET, JavaScript, software security and software design.


Derik Hammer

Microsoft Data Platform MVP and Senior Data Manager at Subway

Derik is a Microsoft Data Platform MVP who builds data solutions from front-line OLTP systems to MPP data warehouses and all the integrations in between. He is passionate about cloud computing, performance, and automation.

Derik is currently a Senior Data Manager working for Subway, leading a team of solution architects in a hybrid environment blending Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services, and on-premises resources.


Jim Szubryt

Tech Arch Senior Manager at Accenture

Jim is a Senior Manager at Accenture in Internal Development. His focus is on leveraging cloud provider services to greatly reduce the footprint of servers that need to be managed along with their associated cost. He has held leadership roles in the design and implementation of critical systems and has been successful in both a large, global environments, as well in small, entrepreneurial companies.

With over twenty years' of experience in application/database development, team management, and extensive work in emerging technologies, he has seen it all.

Jim has spoken at several conferences including Microsoft Build, Microsoft Ignite, VS Live, and user groups in the Chicagoland area. He has been a technical reviewer on Team Foundation Server customization books, and has been a Microsoft MVP, a Microsoft ALM Ranger, and Friend of Redgate over the years.


Sylvan Furness

Data Architect Lead / Database Administrator Supervisor at CO-OP Financial Services

Sylvan is a Database Administrator Supervisor at CO-OP Financial Services with over fifteen years of experience working with database systems. His areas of expertise are in performance tuning, database architecture, integration architecture, solution architecture, and automation. He has held leadership roles in full-stack environments (development, infrastructure, data and integration). His diverse experiences with PDLC, SDLC, Six Sigma Lean, Waterfall and Agile Methodologies in multiple industries have made his solution architecture perspective unique.

Sylvan has a tenacity for identifying and mitigating security risk, establishing compliance, reducing operational risk, improving operational efficiencies, creating enterprise solutions, setting standards, establishing best practices for driving continuous improvement and automation.

Barry Chandler

DevOps Lead

With more than 20 years of experience in financial services, Barry has a wealth of hands-on experience in technical delivery. He has deep knowledge and experience of DevOps and how to best apply its practises and principles in global organizations.

Barry has organized leading-edge technology conferences (DevOpsDays London 2016 and SEACON 2017). Both DevOpsDays London and SEACON 2017 were attended by representatives of the world's largest banks, including employees at the MD level and members of hands-on delivery teams. He also runs SEAM, a monthly Enterprise Agility meetup with over 1000 members.

Ahmed Althamari

DBA at Paymentsense

Ahmed is a Senior Microsoft certified SQL Server DBA/Architect and has over 10 years’ experience in Microsoft SQL Server, PowerShell, Windows Server, and Redgate tools. Ahmed is a continuous integration specalist and administers all production, development, and QA SQL Servers, databases, and related systems for Paymentsense. Prior to Paymentsense, Ahmed was a DBA for British retailers Harrods and Ryman.

Eelco Drost

Data Platform Architect at Data Masterminds

Eelco Drost is a Data Platform Architect for Data Masterminds. Based in Amsterdam, he has worked as a Database Developer, DBA, and (BI) Architect on projects ranging from developing new database solutions, Database Lifecycle Management (DLM), and performance tuning, to setting up new DBA departments for multinational companies. In 2017 he co-founded Data Masterminds, offering data-related services for companies across Europe.

Alex Yates

Microsoft Data Platform MVP and Founder of DLM Consultants

Alex has been helping organizations to apply DevOps principles to relational database development and deployment since 2010. He's most proud of helping Skyscanner develop the ability to deploy 95 times a day.

Originally for Redgate, later for DLM Consultants, Alex has worked with clients on every continent except Antarctica – so he’s keen to meet anyone who researches penguins. Alex is a keen community member, he co-organizes SQL Relay, is the founder of, and has been recognised as a Microsoft Data Platform MVP since 2017.


Tom Austin

Head of Pre-Sales Engineering at Redgate

Tom is an experienced Pre-Sales Engineer who has worked with Redgate SQL Server tools since 2008. During that time he has worked with hundreds of clients across the globe, from start-ups to FTSE/Fortune 100 companies and everything in between. He specialises in helping clients to improve their approach to Database Lifecycle Management (DLM) and has recently been writing and delivering DLM training courses in Europe and Asia.

Andrew Pierce

Pre-Sales Engineer at Redgate

Andrew has been with Redgate four years – currently as a Sales Engineer specializing in helping Redgate customers apply DevOps principles to their database pipelines. Andrew aims to increase his customers' competitive advantage by increasing visibility, reducing risk, and shortening customer development time by implementing DevOps principles and best practices – versioning and automating database pipelines through build, test, and release processes.

In previous roles as a Technical Product Support Engineer (among others), he helped customers with application and SQL Server troubleshooting, IT controls testing, creating security policy, business process redesign, simple AD migrations, and general technical support.

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.

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