SQL in the City Summit

  • London October 25, 2019

SQL in the City Summit returns to London this October welcoming database, IT, operations, and development leaders together to discuss Compliant Database DevOps.

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.

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Session schedule

TimeSession / Activity
9:00AM - 9:30AMRegistration and networking Tea, coffee, and continental breakfast
Book a meeting with your Redgate Account Manager
9:30AM - 10:00AMOpening keynote: The current state of Database DevOps
Steve Jones, Microsoft Data Platform MVP and Editor at
10:05AM - 10:45AMShowing the business value of Database DevOps to the enterprise
Renu Martingale, Product Marketing Manager at Redgate
Implementing Compliant Database DevOps across data platforms
Chris Kerswell, Lead EMEA Pre-Sales Engineer
Open space discussion
Facilitated by Steve Jones, Microsoft Data Platform MVP and Editor at
10:45AM - 11:05AMMorning break Tea, coffee, and biscuits

Networking and question time: one-on-one time with the speakers and Redgaters – Book a meeting
11:05AM - 11:45AMTales from companies who've already launched a successful DevOps initiative
Panel speakers to be announced
Practical branching and merging techniques for effective Database DevOps
Alex Yates, Microsoft MVP and Founder of DLM Consultants

The real world is complicated. It's not as simple as Git push, deploy.

When Chris finishes an emergency bug fix, Sam is a few days away from completing a small new feature, while Charlie and Jo have just embarked on a big and complicated project. Sound familiar?

Chris wants to deploy the fix now – users are sending angry emails to the support team – but neither Sam, Charlie, nor Jo are ready. The big project won't be completed for months.

In this session, Alex explains how to manage multiple concurrent development tasks with branches and how to decouple them from each other so you can release fixes and features without delay. Then he'll use Git, Azure DevOps Services, Redgate SQL Provision, and Redgate SQL Change Automation to demo the process.

The result? Significantly more regular and reliable deployments and a much faster time to market.

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Open space discussion
Facilitated by Grant Fritchey, Microsoft Data Platform MVP and Advocate at Redgate
11:50AM - 12:30PMAberdeen Standard Investments: Our Database DevOps Journey
Chris Godfree, Technical Lead (Data) Investments Technology Solutions, Aberdeen Standard Investments
Dan Ellison, Account Executive at Redgate
Compliant Database DevOps and the evolving role of the DBA
Alex Yates, Microsoft MVP and Founder of DLM Consultants
Annette Allen, Microsoft MVP and DBA at Well Data
Neil Hambly, Founder, CEO, and Principal Consultant at DataMovements Limited
Open space discussion
Facilitated by Chris Kerswell, Lead EMEA Pre-Sales Engineer
12:30PM - 1:30PMLunch Freshly prepared and delicious

Networking and one-on-one meetings with Account Managers – Book a meeting
1:30PM - 2:15PMThe importance of using Redgate Monitor in Azure
Grant Fritchey, Microsoft Data Platform MVP and Advocate at Redgate
DevOps for Oracle
David Atkinson, Head of Product Strategy at Redgate
Open space discussion
Topic to be decided by attendees who are interested in facilitating a discussion
2:20PM - 3:15PM10 steps to global data compliance
Grant Fritchey, Microsoft Data Platform MVP and Advocate at Redgate
Enabling DevOps to scale safely with SQL Provision and SQL Data Catalog
Richard Macaskill, Product Manager at Redgate

As DevOps scales through your organization, maintaining control of development and test data is essential to empowering teams seeking greater agility. Without the right approach, delivering data that satisfies the needs of development teams while ensuring compliance can be difficult and resource-heavy.

In this session, Richard Macaskill, Redgate Product Manager and experienced SQL Server DBA, will demonstrate a combined data catalog, data masking, and data virtualization solution.

You will learn how to:

  • Classify data with SQL Data Catalog to build a clear picture of your SQL Server estate, enabling you to ensure the correct data is protected in the correct way.
  • Connect SQL Data Catalog with SQL Provision to automatically detect databases that contain sensitive information, enabling you to mask development and test data to ensure compliance.
  • Create lightweight and compliant databases for development, test, and CI using SQL Provision, enabling you to cut data provisioning times to seconds and reallocate storage.
  • Manage dedicated databases with SQL Provision, enabling you to align software teams and empower developers through automation and self-service controls.

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Open space discussion
Facilitated by Redgate's Oracle Product team
3:00PM - 3:30PMAfternoon break Tea, coffee, and biscuits
3:45PM - 4:15PMClosing keynote: The future of DevOps
Steve Jones, Microsoft Data Platform MVP and Editor at
4:15PM - 5:00PMNetworking, canapes, and drinks reception

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.


Grant Fritchey

Data Platform MVP, Advocate at Redgate,

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

Grant has experience with both on-premises, and cloud-based data management, and DevOps. He has experience with multiple development languages and platforms. 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.


Richard Macaskill

Product Manager at Redgate

Richard is a Product Manager at Redgate, having previously spent almost 20 years in IT management, database administration and development for Insurance and Financial Services firms in London, back-filling other roles along the way. He spends much of his time boring anyone in earshot about the DevOps and automation implications of financial compliance and audit.


Chris Kerswell

Lead Pre-Sales Engineer at Redgate

Chris joined Redgate in 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.


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How much is it?

Standard tickets are £200 including VAT. If you register before September 20 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?

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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