SQL in the City Summit

  • London April 30, 2019

SQL in the City Summit London will be back in Canary Wharf again this year bringing 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

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9:00AM - 9:30AMRegistration and networking Tea, coffee, and pastries
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9:30AM - 10:30AMOpening 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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10:30AM - 11:15AMImplementing Compliant Database DevOps in your organization
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. 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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11:15AM - 11:45AMMorning break
Networking and question time: one-on-one time with the speakers and Redgaters – Book a meeting
11:45AM - 12:30PMWhat you need to know before launching a DevOps Initiative – Q&A
Panel speakers: Chris Godfree, Data Technical Lead at Aberdeen Standard Investments, Jason Plenty, Team Lead at Shawbrook Bank Limited, James Boother, Sales and Marketing Director at Coeo Ltd

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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12:30PM - 1:30PMSeated two-course 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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Fast, safe environments for your development team
Chris Unwin, Data Privacy and Protection Specialist at Redgate
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A frequent blocker to the speed and efficiency of DevOps practices and compliance initiatives alike, creating pre-production environments has long been a headache for every team working with SQL Server. The blockers range from the space used for full copies, to the time required to create them and, ultimately, processing of sensitive data without consent in Dev and Test.

In this session, you will learn how to use Redgate SQL Provision to overcome these blockers and implement a more frequent, lightweight, and secure provisioning process in Dev and Test.

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2:15PM - 3:00PMGDPR one year on - How DevOps supports Compliance
Grant Fritchey, Microsoft Data Platform MVP and Product Evangelist at Redgate
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As the changing and expanding compliance landscape resolves itself around the implementation of the GDPR, more and more businesses are wrestling with how this affects development and deployment. The problems run in two directions, ensuring that information used to provision non-production environments is protected, and that deployments protect the information in production.

The best way to meet these needs is through automation and agile deployments, or in other words, DevOps. This session will show how Redgate tools better enable you to meet the needs of compliance with the GDPR and other laws while still allowing for fast and safe development and deployment.

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Case Study: Utilizing SQL Provision as part of a Database DevOps and compliance approach
Adrian Wigley, Senior Data Lead, and Jason Plenty, Team Lead, at Shawbrook Bank Limited
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For Shawbrook, a specialist UK savings and lending bank, the move to DevOps was key to increasing the speed of releases and reducing manual errors. With a growing need for data security to be embedded into software delivery, the team decided to extend DevOps practices to the database in order to become more agile while also remaining compliant.

In this session, Shawbrook Bank will reflect on their own experiences and share how you can:

  • Save time and empower developers to work on more value-added projects
  • Obfuscate databases quickly and automatically for secure and compliant development
  • Ensure your people, processes, and tooling supportsa best practice approach to Compliant Database DevOps
  • Demonstrate the business impact of extending DevOps practices to the database

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3:00PM - 3:30PMAfternoon break
Networking and question time: one-on-one time with the speakers and Redgaters – Book a meeting
3:30PM - 4:30PMThe Business Case – Set yourself up for success within three months
Kendra Little, Microsoft Data Platform MVP and Evangelist at Redgate
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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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4:30PM - 5:30PMNetworking, canapes and drinks reception

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


Kendra Little

Data Platform MVP, 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 an Advocate in 2018.


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 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.


Jason Plenty

Team Lead at Shawbrook Bank Limited

Jason is a former MCT and has been working with SQL Server since SQL Server 2000. He started his career as a Software Developer in 1993 and began working with Microsoft technologies in 1998, initially as a .NET Developer and later as a SQL Server Developer.

Since 2007, he has been specializing in using SQL Server to design and develop data warehouse and business intelligence solutions using the full Microsoft BI stack. He has been an avid user of Redgate products for many years.

Adrian Wigley

Senior Data Lead at Shawbrook Bank

Adrian has over 20 years' SQL Server experience, firstly as a Developer on 6.5 and then a Team Lead. He moved into management about five years ago looking after various development, DBA, and BAS teams. He is a great believer in building strong teams and empowering them to develop both personally and professionally for the good of the business.

He has contributed to Venturi's Voice with a podcast on 'Do you need a formal education if you want a career in technology?'. He has been a long-time user and supporter of Redgate products.

Chris Godfree

Data Technical Lead at Aberdeen Standard Investments

Since starting his career as a Mainframe Developer in 2001, Chris has had a varied technical career in the banking and finance industry. He first used Redgate SQL Server tools in 2010.

Chris' current role focuses on Database Lifecycle Management with SQL Server databases, especially the automated deployment of changes using Redgate tools integrated into Azure DevOps pipelines.

James Boother


James is the Sales and Marketing Director at Coeo, a Microsoft Gold Partner providing consulting and managed services for Microsoft Data Platform and analytics technologies. He has extensive experience within the software industry, and before joining Coeo had 15 years' experience working as a programmer, system architect, head of technology and consultant. James is also a Microsoft Certified Master for SQL Server and regularly presents at industry and community events.

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.

Chris Unwin

Data Privacy and Protection 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.

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