SQL in the City Summit

  • London October 18

SQL in the City Summit London takes place at CCT Venues-Docklands Canary Wharf, and will focus on the concept of Compliant Database DevOps.

With world-class speakers, thought-provoking sessions, engaging panel discussions, workshops, keynotes, and time for networking, the Summit will support senior data professionals to deliver value quicker while keeping their data safe.

Key discussions:

  • Reduce manual tasks to free up teams to spend more time on development
  • Break down silos to enable Dev and Ops to work together to deliver value
  • Reduce the risk of downtime or compliance breaches going undetected
  • Processes and solutions that equally balance the need to release faster while ensuring data security

Who should attend?

The sessions are for C-level IT executives, directors, managers, and senior database engineers and administrators who work with the Microsoft Data Platform.

Professionals interested in learning about all things DevOps will learn what’s needed to effectively balance the demand for delivering software faster, while protecting and preserving business critical data.

From healthcare to finance, government to technology, today’s leaders should be embracing the benefits of DevOps and supporting the implementation of change across IT teams.

There is a limited number of tickets available for the Summit, to support effective networking and ensure a friendly and inspiring atmosphere for all.

Session schedule

Time (BST)Session / Activity
9:00AM - 9:30AMRegistration and networking Tea, coffee, and pastries - Sugar Lounge
1-to-1 Meetings with Account Managers Gold / Silver Rooms – Book a meeting
9:30AM - 10:00AMOpening Keynote: The Four Keys To Unlocking DevOps
Kendra Little, Microsoft Data Platform MVP and Evangelist at Redgate
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10:05AM - 10:50AMThe DevOps Culture Shift - Getting Team Collaboration
Simon Sabin, Director Engineering at Consultancy
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Are you trying to implement a data project but are finding it hard due to challenges within your organisation. We believe that a true DevOps mentality can help.

DevOps enables companies that undertaking digital transformation and successful deliver of data projects is at the heart of that. That doesn't mean DevOps should be implemented for the sake of it. In this session will review some of the behaviours we have observed that make it hard to deliver data projects and cause a DevOps approach to be unsuccessful. It's important to know what makes them fail but more importantly we will also cover what makes them succeed. Collaboration within your team and within your company are crucial and we will dig into how to make these work.

You will walk away having learnt some ways that you can make the delivery of data projects with a DevOps approach successful.

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How Database DevOps Will Help You To Stay Ahead Of The Competition
Derek Campbell, Solutions Architect at Octopus Deploy
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There are many elements to business success in the technology age we are in, and trying to master all of them can feel like participating in an endless race.

Do you want to be the best at sprinting, or overcoming hurdles, or running further than the rest? The key is to find an approach that brings the elements together: removing silos between teams and departments, adopting integrated technologies, automating processes that cause barriers and bottlenecks, and helping remove the pain from your internal team.

Derek will discuss how taking a DevOps approach paves the way for staying ahead in business or accelerating past your competition, and will share real world insights to guide and inform your DevOps journey.

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10:50AM - 11:10AMMorning break Networking & delicious bites - Sugar Lounge
1-to-1 Meetings with Account Managers Gold / Silver Rooms – Book a meeting
11:10AM - 12:00PMPanel discussion: Compliant Database DevOps Adoption
Host: Steve Jones, Microsoft Data Platform MVP and Editor at
Alex Yates, Microsoft Data Platform MVP and Director at DLM Consultants
Barry Chandler, DevOps Lead
Ahmed Althamari, DBA at Paymentsense
Thailo van Ree, Team Leader DBA

IT leaders today face an increasing challenge - how can you balance the need to deliver software quicker with the need to protect business critical data?

As the 2018 State of DevOps report demonstrates, integrating the database into the software delivery pipeline has a positive impact on performance. When teams extend DevOps practices to the database, database change management doesn’t slow them down or cause problems when code is deployed.

But as the volume and complexity of data being managed by organizations grows, is it still possible to achieve a faster rate of change without increasing the risk of exposing sensitive or personally identifiable information?

This panel discussion will explore how adopting a Compliant Database DevOps approach can meet the need for speed and agility while enabling your organization to stay compliant with ever more stringent data protection legislation.

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12:00PM - 1:00PMSeated two-course lunch Restaurant
Networking – Sugar Lounge
1-to-1 Meetings with Account Managers Gold / Silver Rooms – Book a meeting
1:00PM - 2:00PMStrategies For Solving Compliance Challenges
Steve Jones, Microsoft Data Platform MVP and Editor at
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According to Gartner, more than 80% of companies use sensitive data in dev and test. Hackers view non-production environments as a tempting target since they often have less rigorous security controls.

In this session, you’ll learn about the challenges that we, as technology professionals, face in our software development and administrative work. Learn compliant DevOps strategies for reducing your attack surface area by ensuring you know where sensitive data is located and avoid copying that data to non-production environments.

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Maximize Availability and More with SQL Server Estate Monitoring
Grant Fritchey, Microsoft Data Platform MVP and Product Evangelist at Redgate
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As estates grow in size and complexity, the process of manually monitoring them becomes untenable. Not only do manual checks take time, they are also prone to missing crucial elements that can leave your organization vulnerable and miss the historical context that can enable proactive data management. Without the right processes or tooling in place, your operations can be blind to the performance of your estate, and you may not realize a compliance breach until it’s too late. In this session learn how to monitor your SQL Server estate to maintain compliance and ensure availability.

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2:00PM - 2:15PMAfternoon break Networking & delicious bites - Sugar Lounge
1-to-1 Meetings with Account Managers Gold / Silver Rooms – Book a meeting
2:15PM - 3:30PMWorkshop 1: Technical Approach To Implementing Compliant Database DevOps
Tom Austin, Head of Pre-Sales Engineering, Redgate
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Your business depends on minimizing the risk to your most valuable asset: your data. To achieve this, you need processes that guarantee your data stays protected and changes to your database are flawless, every time, without slowing things down. But how do you increase the speed of your releases and continue delivering value to your customers while remaining compliant? By extending DevOps practices to SQL Server databases, high performing organizations are protecting business-critical data, while also improving the efficiency and quality of software delivery. In this workshop we will cover:

  • The key benefits of extending DevOps practices to the database
  • The current state of Database DevOps
  • How to benchmark and improve your Database DevOps practices against your competitors
  • Demo of how Redgate’s solution can help with Compliant Database DevOps

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Workshop 2: Capturing the Value of DevOps
Kendra Little, Microsoft Data Platform MVP and Evangelist at Redgate
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How do we measure the value of DevOps? It varies, based on our perspective. In this workshop we will examine the four pillars of DevOps through three lenses: the viewpoint of the CEO, the CIO, and the IT Manager or Team Leader. We'll discuss the values and concerns that come naturally to each of these roles regarding standardization, automation, protecting data, and monitoring. You'll leave the workshop with a new understanding of the business advantages of DevOps, and next steps to take to bring the benefits of DevOps to your customers.

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3:30PM - 4:30PMClosing Keynote: Addressing Data Privacy and GDPR on Microsoft Data Platform Technologies
Ronit Reger, Senior Program Manager at Microsoft
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Data privacy is a top concern for any organization that manages sensitive information. New formal regulations, and specifically the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), mandate demanding requirements in handling personal data.

Microsoft SQL-based technologies, whether on-premises or in Azure, offer powerful built-in capabilities that can help customers meet such requirements. We will present guidelines and best practices for addressing data privacy concerns and enhancing your overall data protection and security strategy. We will showcase the latest round of innovations built-in to Azure SQL Database that can help, including live demos.

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4:30PM - 5:30PMNetworking, canapes and drinks reception Sugar Lounge

Please note: The session schedule may be subject to change, check this page for updates.


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.


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.


Derek Campbell

Solutions Architect at Octopus Deploy

Derek is an experienced Solutions Architect with over 11 years’ experience in IT. Derek works at Octopus Deploy where his main focus is working with customers to ensure Octopus Deploy is enabling their teams to achieve their success. Derek started out in Ops, progressed into release management and for the past 7 years has been doing DevOps and Infrastructure Consultancy. Automation is something Derek is very passionate about and it’s something he uses to help out organisations and at home. Derek has worked globally with hundreds of organisations to help automate their applications' CI pipeline.

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.

Thailo van Ree

Team Leader DBA

Thailo van Ree is a Microsoft SQL Server specialist and senior .NET developer with 20 years’ experience in support and development. Since Jan. 2017, Thailo has been responsible for all database development and administration within HaynesPro, a leading supplier of digital automotive data, providing major distributors with online database solutions that are used by more than 60,000 independent workshops.

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.


CCT Venues-Docklands is a newly refurbished waterfront conference venue in the Docklands, located walking distance from Canary Wharf’s new financial business district, east of the City of London.


CCT Venues-Docklands is opposite South Quay station or just under ten minutes’ walk from Canary Wharf station.

If arriving by train, tube, or DLR, the nearest stations are:

  • South Quay (DLR Station)
  • Canary Wharf (Tube Station)

More travel info and directions to the venue


The nearest car park is the NCP London Docklands City Harbour which is just a 10 minute walk from the venue.

CCT Venues-Docklands
Canary Wharf
Thames Quay
193 Marsh Wall
E14 9SG

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How much is it?

Standard tickets are £200 including VAT. If you register before August 31 you'll qualify for the early bird rate of £150, including VAT.

Why should I attend?

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.

Refreshments will be provided throughout the day - pastries on arrival, morning and afternoon break-time snacks, and of course a delicious lunch.

You'll also have the opportunity to network with hundreds of other like-minded professionals.

How do I qualify for a discount?

If you have an Account Manager at Redgate, reach out to them via email to ask for a special link to allow you to register for a reduced rate.

My company needs to pay this by invoice - is that possible?

Yes, please email with the details of who we should make the invoice out to and we'll arrange it for you. You can also select this option directly in Eventbrite.

Can I cancel my ticket after I've purchased it?

Once you're confirmed to attend SQL in the City Summit London, your ticket is non-refundable. However, if you are unable to attend, you can transfer it to a colleague or someone you know. Just email to let us know who'll be attending instead, so we can get things organized.

Can I order a special meal?

When you register, there's an option to let us know about any dietary requirements/allergies. Vegetarians are covered as standard.

If you didn't provide the right info when registering, or have a more specific meal request and you haven't let us know already, email us at before October 11th, and we'll ensure there's something suitable for you to eat on the day.

Where should I stay the night before?

There are a range of hotels and serviced apartments close to the venue. We don’t have a special rate with any of them.

How do I get there?

The underground, and DLR stations are close by, you can take a taxi, or even drive - details are on our venue tab.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No, but you might like to make a note of the venue and time details, so you know when and where you need to be!

Can I update my registration information?

Yes - just log back in to Eventbrite and make any amendments. Or if it's easier, email us at

Is this the only location that you're hosting SQL in the City Summit?

We’re hosting three events in October this year. Check out the locations of the other Summits and tell a colleague who might be located near one of those events.

What should I bring with me?

Depending on how you prefer to learn, you might like to bring a device to make notes during the sessions and workshop. We'll provide you with a notepad and pen.

What should I wear?

Wear something you feel comfortable in.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

If you have any questions about the event, please email Annabel and the Events team at

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