SQL in the City Summit

  • Los Angeles, CA May 15, 2019

SQL in the City Summit Los Angeles 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.

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There's a limited number of tickets available for the Summit, to support effective networking and a friendly and inspiring atmosphere for all. You'll need to use an Access Code to register – please reach out to your regional Redgate Account Rep to obtain a code.

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
Donovan Brown, Principal DevOps Program Manager at Microsoft
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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 speakers: Donovan Brown, Principal DevOps Program Manager at Microsoft, Ike Ellis, Microsoft Data Platform MVP and Partner at Crafting Bytes, Brian Randell, Microsoft MVP and Partner at MCW Technologies, Arneh Eskandari, Head of AMER Pre-Sales Engineering at Redgate.

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
Arneh Eskandari, Head of AMER 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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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 - 3:05PMWhat do you do when DevOps is not all kittens and puppies
Brian Randell, Microsoft MVP and partner at MCW Technologies
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Software is eating the world and with DevOps – often called the "second decade of agile" – how many organizations are transforming how they deliver value on a daily basis.

As this second decade starts to come to a close, there are thousands of success stories. Yet, transformations are hard and it's not always "kittens and puppies". In this session, Brian will highlight some of the common challenges you may run into on your journey from ideation to continuous delivery. But he'll also provide you with some tricks and tips to mitigate, and hopefully remove, those impediments and get you back on track to success.

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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 - 4:30PMThe Business Case – Set yourself up for success within three months
Ike Ellis, Microsoft Data Platform MVP and partner at Crafting Bytes
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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 - 5:30PMRedgate Happy Hour at Hopdoddy's

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


Donovan Brown

Principal DevOps Program Manager at Microsoft

Donovan Brown is a Principal DevOps Program Manager on Microsoft's US Developer Division team. Before joining Microsoft, Donovan spent seven years as a Process Consultant and a Certified Scrum Master. Developer Tools are his thing. Donovan has travelled the globe helping companies in the US, Canada, India, Germany, and the UK develop solutions using agile practices, Visual Studio, and Team Foundation Server in industries as broad as Communications, Health Care, Energy, and Financial Services. Donovan's also an avid programmer, often finding ways to integrate software into his other hobbies and activities, one of which is Professional Air Hockey where he has ranked as high as 11 in the world.

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.


Ike Ellis

Data Platform MVP and Partner at Crafting Bytes

Ike has been active in the SQL Server community for twenty years. He recently released the second edition of his book, Developing Azure Solutions. He's a partner in a San Diego software studio, Crafting Bytes.

He's chairman of the San Diego Tech Immersion Group, a technical book club that meets once a month. He also co-chairs the San Diego Software Architects Group.


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.


Arneh Eskandari

Head of AMER Pre-Sales Engineering at Redgate

Arneh has been with Redgate for over eight years. During this time, he has partnered with organizations across a range of sectors, helping them to improve their overall database change management process. Recent projects have included evaluating DevOps maturity, implementing future recommendations such as automation, tackling complex and cross dependent databases, and delivering proof of concepts to large siloed development teams.


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How much is it?

Tickets for SQL in the City Summit Los Angeles are free. However, you’ll need to obtain an access code from someone at Redgate in order to register. If you have an Account Manager at Redgate, reach out to them via email to get an access code.

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.

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

If you are unable to attend we ask that you cancel your ticket via Eventbrite as soon as possible, so that someone on the wait-list can take your place. If you’d prefer to send a colleague in your place, just email to let us know who'll be attending instead, so we can get things organized.

Can I order a special meal?

Because we’re putting this event on at no cost to you our catering options are limited - vegetarians and common intolerances will be covered as standard. When you register, please let us know about any dietary requirements/allergies. If you have a very special diet you might want to consider bringing your own lunch.

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?

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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