SQL in the City Summit

  • Seattle November 4, 2019

SQL in the City Summit Seattle 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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Session schedule

TimeSession / Activity
7:30AM - 8:30AMRegistration and networking
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8:30AM - 9:30AMOpening Keynote: 2019 State of Database DevOps
Kendra Little, Microsoft Data Platform MVP

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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9:30AM - 10:00AMChoosing the right source control approach for your team
Kendra Little, Microsoft Data Platform MVP, and Hamish Watson, Microsoft Data Platform MVP and DevOps Alchemist at Morph iT

You must make an important choice when launching a Database DevOps initiative: should you use a 'state' approach to source controlling your database objects, a 'migrations' approach, or a combination of the two? In this session, Kendra and Hamish will explain each approach and share why some teams prefer to live in a 'state-first' world and why some teams prefer to go 'migrations-first'. You'll take away a list of guidelines to help you choose the strategy that's best for your team when you're back at the office.

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10:00AM - 10:30AMMorning break
Networking and question time: one-on-one time with the speakers and Redgaters – Book a meeting
10:30AM - 11:15AMImplementing Compliant Database DevOps in your organization
Arneh Eskandari, Head of AMER Pre-Sales Engineering, 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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11:15AM - 12:00PM10 Steps Towards Global Data Compliance
Grant Fritchey, Microsoft Data Platform MVP and Evangelist at Redgate

Data compliance in the modern technology landscape feels like a constantly moving target as more and different laws, rules and regulations are passed locally, nationally and internationally. The days when only some organizations or certain countries had to worry about data compliance are gone. It’s everyone’s problem.

However, it is possible to define a core set of processes that will help to enable your ability to assist your business in meeting these compliance requirements. This session will walk you through the 10 steps you need to implement in order to move your business towards full compliance with any, or all, of the regulations we all now face. From identifying where your data lives to monitoring for compliance and all the steps in between, you can meet this challenge.

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12:00PM - 1:00PMCatered lunch
Networking with speakers, fellow attendees, and Redgaters – Book a meeting
1:00PM - 1:45PMWhat you need to know before launching a DevOps Initiative
Moderators: Steve Jones and Kendra Little
Panel speakers: Full line up of Panel speakers to be announced soon

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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1:45PM - 2:30PMCase study session
Session and speaker details to be announced soon
2:30PM - 3:00PMAfternoon break
Networking and question time: one-on-one time with the speakers and Redgaters – Book a meeting
3:00PM - 4:00PMThe Business Case – Set yourself up for success within three months
Ike Ellis, Microsoft Data Platform MVP and Partner at Crafting Bytes

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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4:00PM - 4:30PMFinal takeaways & Q&A with the speakers
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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.


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.


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.

Hamish Watson

Microsoft Data Platform MVP and DevOps Alchemist at Morph iT

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.


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