SQL in the City Summit

  • Austin, TX May 22, 2019

SQL in the City Summit Austin brings together database, IT, operations, and development leaders together to discuss Compliant Database DevOps. Stay ahead of the competition and discuss what's needed to effectively balance the demand for delivering software faster, while protecting and preserving business critical data.

The event agenda 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.

If you lead an IT team or manage databases on Microsoft's Data Platform register for the Summit to understand how Redgate is helping leaders like you to deliver value quicker and keep their data safe.

Session schedule

TimeSession / Activity
9:00AM - 9:30AMRegistration and networking Tea, coffee, and pastries
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9:30AM - 10:15AMOpening Keynote: 2019 State of Database DevOps
Kendra Little, Microsoft Data Platform MVP and Evangelist at Redgate
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Join us to dive into the key findings of the 2019 State of Database DevOps Report and investigate the growing importance of the database in successful DevOps and IT performance. Now in its third year, nearly 3,000 database professionals have contributed to the State of Database DevOps report. The responses give a clear understanding of the challenges and opportunities of adopting Database DevOps.

You’ll discover a wealth of insights, including:

  • The main drivers for automating the delivery of database changes
  • The impact Database DevOps has on regulatory and compliance requirements
  • How organizations are adopting Database DevOps alongside broader DevOps initiatives – and the advantages it brings
  • How real-world champions are helping their organizations and the community realize the benefits of Database DevOps

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10:20AM - 11:05AMWhat you need to know before launching a DevOps Initiative – Q&A
Panel Hosts: Steve Jones and Kendra Little, Microsoft Data Platform MVPs
Panel speakers: Jeffrey Palermo, Microsoft Data Platform MVP, Mindy Curnutt, Microsoft Data Platform MVP, John Sterrett, Procure SQL, Paul Hunter

A wide range of stakeholders are involved in implementing a DevOps initiative, from IT Directors or Managers to Developers and the C-level, all of whom need to understand the benefits to be gained. Hear from experts who share their experiences of their journey towards database DevOps in their organizations.

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11:05AM - 11:30AMMorning break
Networking and question time: one-on-one time with the speakers and Redgaters – Book a meeting
11:30AM - 12:30PMImplementing Compliant Database DevOps in your organization
Brian McRae, Pre-Sales Engineer, Redgate
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Your business depends on minimizing the risk to your most valuable asset: your data. By implementing Redgate’s Compliant Database DevOps solution to your Microsoft SQL Server estate, you can protect business-critical data, while also improving the efficiency and quality of software delivery.

In this session you’ll learn:

  • The key benefits of extending DevOps practices to the database
  • The current state of Database DevOps
  • Demo of Redgate’s Compliant Database DevOps solution

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12:30PM - 1:30PMCatered lunch
Networking and one-on-one meetings with Account Managers – Book a meeting
1:30PM - 2:15PMBuilding quality into your continuous delivery process
Steve Jones, Microsoft Data Platform MVP and Editor at
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Today's software developers are being pressured to produce more software at a faster rate. It seems the message of DevOps is often reduced to continuously deliver software every day, as quick as you can. Everyone wants new features completed and customer feedback immediately. Somewhat lost in the message of DevOps, automation, and continuous everything is the idea that we should be improving quality. This session will discuss ways in which you can implement continuous delivery while improving security and quality.

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2:20PM - 3:05PMThe Business Case – Set yourself up for success within three months
Jeffrey Palermo, CEO of Clear Measure
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You see the value to standardizing and automating your database code and deployment practices, but you need to translate that vision into a practical strategy to effect change in your organization. Where do you begin?

In this session, we’ll draw from our extensive experience in helping Redgate customers move successfully through our onboarding process to transform their teams. You’ll learn what to consider when scoping your DevOps project, how to instigate cultural change to support your new processes, and how to create a game plan for a successful proof of concept which successfully launches your Compliant Database DevOps initiative.

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3:05PM - 3:30PMAfternoon break
Networking and question time: one-on-one time with the speakers and Redgaters – Book a meeting
3:30PM - 4:30PMCase Study: Introducing Database DevOps
Paul Hunter, Consultant
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In early 2019, the TECS development team in the Dallas, Texas, office of a Big Four accounting firm embarked on a mission to improve their database development process, to free up developer time for working with the business team on solving client problems. With the help of a SQL Server specialist, the firm introduced DevOps to database development using Redgate's SQL Toolbelt. In this session, Paul will outline the challenges they faced and the impact it has had on their work.

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4:30PM - 5:30PMRedgate Happy Hour


Kendra Little

Data Platform MVP, DevOps Advocate at Redgate,

Kendra Little is a DevOps Advocate at Redgate. Kendra started out in tech as a Build Operations Engineer at a startup and developed into a Senior Database Administrator at a Fortune 100 corporation. She later transitioned into consulting and training, focusing on database performance tuning. Kendra has taught developers and DBAs around the world to write fast, reliable code and to improve tempo and code quality in the software engineering process for databases.


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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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10900 Stonelake Blvd
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