SQL in the City Summit

  • Melbourne, AUS June 14, 2019

SQL in the City Summit Melbourne 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, hear how your organization could benefit, 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

Time (AEST)Session / Activity
9:00AM - 9:30AMRegistration and networking Tea, coffee, and pastries
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9:30AM - 10:30AMOpening Keynote: 2019 State of Database DevOps
Steve Jones, Microsoft Data Platform MVP and Editor at

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 - 11:15AMAzure DevOps for SQL Server DBAs
Greg Low, Microsoft Data Platform MVP and founder of SQL Down Under

In this session, Greg will provide a detailed introduction to Azure DevOps, show what it can do, and show why it's so important. He'll then show how Compliant Database DevOps fits into this picture, and how it is such an important component in the whole DevOps story for an organization.

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11:15AM - 11:35AMMorning break
Networking and question time: one-on-one time with the speakers and Redgaters – Book a meeting
11:35AM - 12:35PMWhat you need to know before launching a DevOps Initiative – Q&A
Panel speakers: we're in the process of finalizing our line-up of industry professionals. If you're interested in sharing your insights, get in touch.

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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12:35PM - 1:15PMCatered lunch
Networking and Question Time: one-on-one time with the speakers and Redgaters - All your questions answered – Book a meeting
1:15PM - 2:00PMImplementing Compliant Database DevOps to your Microsoft SQL Server estate with Redgate
Anderson Rangel, APAC Pre-Sales Engineer at Redgate

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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2:05PM - 3:00PMSession to be announced soon
Michael Noonan, Head of Engineering at Octopus Deploy
3:00PM - 3:20PMAfternoon tea
Networking and question time: one-on-one time with the speakers and Redgaters – Book a meeting
3:20PM - 4:00PMThe Business Case – Set yourself up for success within three months
Hamish Watson, Microsoft Data Platform MVP

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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4:05PM - 4:50PMStrategies for Solving Compliance Challenges
Steve Jones, Microsoft Data Platform MVP and Editor at

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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4:50PM - 5:00PMClosing remarks
5:00PM - 6:00PMRedgate Happy Hour – Networking, appetizers and drinks

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.


Warwick Rudd

Data Platform MVP, Founder at SQL Masters Consulting

Warwick is a Microsoft Data Platform MVP, Microsoft Certified Master - SQL 2008, Founder and Principal Consultant at SQL Masters Consulting. With over 15 years of experience beginning with the release of SQL Server 6.5 he has worked in both Australia and England, and in everything from small start-ups to multi-national corporations.

Warwick predominantly specializes in designing and implementing HA/DR solutions. He is a frequent speaker at local SQL Server user groups & SQLSaturday events, as well as Ignite in Australia and New Zealand.

Hamish Watson

Data Platform MVP, Consultant at SQL Masters Consulting

Hamish is a Microsoft Data Platform MVP and VMware Expert with a passion for efficient database and application deployment using DevOps methodologies. He has 19 years' IT experience in managing and deploying large scale databases on SQL Server technologies.

He has been managing SQL Server since SQL Server 2000, and pragmatic approaches to delivering business value to clients is his career passion. Educating and helping others learn is a driver for Hamish and he is a PASS Chapter Leader, international speaker, and a repeat guest lecturer at a local university.

Greg Low

Microsoft Data Platform MVP and founder of SQL Down Under

Greg is well known in the SQL Server community as a mentor, trainer, author, and community leader. He is a certified master for SQL Server, was an instructor in that program, and holds a PhD in Computer Science. Microsoft regularly call on Greg to develop data-related content, and to train their own staff. He regularly speaks at tier-one conferences internationally.

Greg is best known for his SQL Down Under podcast, SDU Tools, and his eBooks and whitepapers. He heads up a boutique consultancy called SQL Down Under in Australia. Greg has been awarded as an MVP since 2001.

Michael Noonan

Head of Engineering at Octopus Deploy

Mike is the Head of Engineering at Octopus Deploy, the most popular deployment automation software in the world. Started in 2011 by founder Paul Stovell, Octopus thrives in a highly competitive market, and it's not by accident. Mike has helped countless software development teams across Australia to automate their deployments and realize the benefits.


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