SQL in the City Summit

  • Sydney, AUS September 27, 2019

SQL in the City Summit Sydney brings database, IT, operations, and development leaders together to discuss Compliant Database DevOps. Stay ahead of the competition and learn 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

Time (AEST)Session / Activity
9:00AM - 9:30AMRegistration and networking Tea, coffee, and pastries
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9:30AM - 10:15AMOpening keynote: State of Database DevOps
Steve Jones, Microsoft Data Platform MVP and Editor at

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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 - 11:05AMMicrosoft's DevOps Transformation
Damian Brady, Cloud DevOps Advocate at Microsoft

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"That would never work here."

You've likely heard this sentiment (or maybe you've even said it yourself). The good news is change is possible whether you're a small start-up or a large, traditionally slow-moving organisation.

Damian Brady explains how Microsoft's Azure DevOps team (formerly Visual Studio Team Services) went from a three-year waterfall delivery cycle to three-week iterations. How they open-sourced part of the system, and even invented and open-sourced a new Git Virtual File System to enable other teams at Microsoft to move with them.

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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 - 12:45PMImplementing Compliant Database DevOps on your Microsoft SQL Server estate with Redgate
Anderson Rangel, APAC Pre-Sales Engineer at 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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12:45PM - 1:30PMCatered lunch
Networking and question time: one-on-one time with the speakers and Redgaters - All your questions answered – Book a meeting
1:30PM - 2:15PMWhat you need to know before launching a DevOps Initiative – Q&A
Discussion with Steve Jones, Damian Brady, Hamish Watson, and Dan Nolan

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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2:20PM - 3:00PMThe Importance of Monitoring Your Azure SQL Database
Steve Jones, Microsoft Data Platform MVP and Editor at

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Monitoring Azure SQL Database is still a necessary part of understanding how your system is behaving and ensures that you have the information needed to make necessary decisions about your databases in a timely and accurate manner. In this session, Steve will show you the important metrics that you need to track on your Azure SQL Databases, including:

  • DTU and vCore utilization
  • Resource usage: memory and IO
  • Wait stats

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3:00PM - 3:15PMAfternoon tea
Networking and question time: one-on-one time with the speakers and Redgaters – Book a meeting
3:15PM - 4:00PMStrategies for solving compliance challenges
Steve Jones, Microsoft Data Platform MVP and Editor at

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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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4:05PM - 5:00PMThe business case – set yourself up for success within three months
Hamish Watson, Microsoft Data Platform MVP

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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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5:00PM - 6:00PMRedgate Happy Hour – Networking and drinks

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


Damian Brady

Cloud DevOps Advocate at Microsoft

Damian is a Cloud Developer Advocate specializing in DevOps. After spending a year in Toronto, Canada, he returned to Australia - the land of the dangerous creatures and beautiful beaches - in 2018. Formerly a developer at Octopus Deploy and a Microsoft MVP, he has a background in software development and consulting in a broad range of industries. In Australia, he co-organised the Brisbane .Net User Group, and launched the now annual DDD Brisbane conference. He regularly speaks at conferences, User Groups, and other events around the world, and is an occasional guest on various podcasts like .NET Rocks and Hanselminutes. Most of the time you'll find him talking to developers and IT Pros to help them get the most out of their DevOps strategies.

Damian has his own Channel 9 show - The DevOps Lab. Check it out for real-world guidance on implementing DevOps in your organisation!

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.


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.

Dan Nolan

Founder of ReadyRoll and Continuous Delivery Engineer

Dan has worked across a wide variety of areas within development and operations over the years, but has spent the last decade helping to automate the deployment of "all the things" within software development organizations.

Upon realizing how neglected the database was in this regard, he founded the software startup ReadyRoll, which was acquired by Redgate in 2015 and re-launched as SQL Change Automation. After three years as part of the Redgate team, he took a much needed career break, and is now helping ING Australia to realize its deployment automation goals.

Anderson Rangel

APAC Pre-Sales Engineer at Redgate

Anderson is an experienced Data Platform professional with over 14 years' experience managing complex SQL Server environments on behalf of ASX-listed, private, and public organizations across Australia. Using a consultative approach, Anderson specializes in helping organizations unlock the value in their business data, architecting tailored solutions using the Microsoft Data Platform.

Anderson joined Redgate six months ago and brings an intrinsic technical mindset along with a business-oriented focus, and is passionate about collaborating with people to drive results using technology.


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How much is it?

The ticket value for SQL in the City Summit Sydney is AUD$250.00. As a special offer, Redgate are waiving the fee for the first 50 registratants who register using an access code provided by one of the Redgate APAC team. Reach out to the team at to get your code and then to confirm your registration.

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?

Unfortunately, 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?

Full details of the Summits Redgate are hosting this year can be found on the SQL in the City Summit overview.

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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