SQL in the City Streamed 2016

On December 14 and 15 2016, we hosted the first SQL in the City Streamed, which was broadcast live from Redgate HQ in Cambridge UK.

The sessions were recorded and are available to watch on the Redgate YouTube channel.

Session schedule

13:00Intro & welcome
Annabel Bradford, Communities & Events Marketing Manager at Redgate
13:05SQL in the City keynote: Why 2017 is the year of Database DevOps and why database professionals should lead the charge
Simon Galbraith, CEO at Redgate
13:15Faster provisioning – introducing SQL Clone
Grant Fritchey, Data Platform MVP and Product Evangelist at Redgate & Richard Macaskill, SQL Clone Product Manager at Redgate
14:00SQL Prompt snippet Tip
Steve Jones, Data Platform MVP and Evangelist at Redgate Software
14:05Keeping your SQL Objects Safe In Development using SQL Source Control
Mickey Stuewe, Sr Database Developer and MCP
15:05Success stories with SQL Compare
In the words of customers Chris Yates, Serge Krasnay, Lindsay Clark, Arthur Daniels, Nick Fry, and Tjay Belt
15:10Automated Deployment Vs the Manual DBA
Steve Jones, Data Platform MVP and Evangelist at Redgate Software & Tom Austin, Pre-Sales Engineer at Redgate
15:40How Redgate helped define our database deployment process
Jake Sigrist, Account Executive at Redgate & Bob Walker, Lead Application Developer at Farm Credit Services of America
15:50Top '20' Toolbelt Tips
Tom Austin, Pre-sales Engineer at Redgate
16:35End of morning sessions: Q&A and a quick break
16:505 SQL Prompt shortcuts you didn't know about
Carly Meichen, Product Marketing Manager at Redgate
16:55You're Not Coding Correctly: See how SQL Prompt can automatically clean up the mess to improve readability and reduce errors.
Grant Fritchey, Data Platform MVP and Product Evangelist at Redgate
17:00Using ReadyRoll to Automate Database Migrations
Steve Jones, Data Platform MVP and Evangelist at Redgate Software
17:30DevOps - what's in a name?
Stephanie Herr, Partner Manager at Redgate
17:40Database DevOps anti-patterns
Alex Yates, Principal Consultant, DLM Consultants
18:10How to quickly diagnose the root cause of SQL Server problems with SQL Monitor
Grant Fritchey, Data Platform MVP and Product Evangelist at Redgate
18:40Monitor your SQL Server Backups: A tale of transaction log tragedy
Tony Davis, Simple Talk Editor at Redgate
18:50On-premise SQL Server to Azure SQL Data Warehouse, using Data Platform Studio.
Grant Fritchey, Data Platform MVP and Product Evangelist & Ally Parker, Data Platform Studio Software Engineer at Redgate
19:30Wrap-up with Q&A

Grant Fritchey


Grant Fritchey 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.


Steve Jones

Editor at sqlservercentral.com

Steve Jones 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 SQLServerCentral.com 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 SQLServerCentral.com, SQL Server Standard magazine, SQL Server Magazine, and Database Journal.


Mickey Stuewe

Senior Database Developer

Mickey Stuewe has been working with SQL Server and other Microsoft development products for twenty years. Her focus is on database development and report design using the SQL Server stack.

She is an active blogger and contributes to sites such as SQL Server Central and SQL Server Mag. She co-authored the book, SQL Server 2012 Reporting Services Blueprints and has spoken at events such as PASS Summit, Dev Connections, and SQL in the City. She is also the co-leader and founder of the BIG PASS Community user group.


Alex Yates

DLM Consultants

Alex loves DevOps. He also loves databases. Alex has been helping data professionals apply DevOps principles to relational database development and deployment since 2010. He's most proud of helping Skyscanner develop the ability to deploy 95 times a day. Originally for Redgate, now for DLM Consultants, Alex has worked with clients on every continent except Antarctica. As a keen community member, he helps organise the London Continuous Delivery meetup and SQL Relay.


Ally Parker

Data Platform Studio Software Engineer at Redgate

Ally is a Software Engineer in the Redgate Data Platform Studio team. He is passionate about creating great software and runs monthly community Software Craftmanship meet-ups.

Tom Austin

Pre-Sales Engineer at Redgate

Tom is an experienced Pre-Sales Engineer who has worked with Redgate SQL Server tools since 2008. During that time he has worked with hundreds of clients across the globe, from start-ups to FTSE/Fortune 100 companies and everything in between. He specialises in helping clients to improve their approach to Database Lifecycle Management (DLM) and has recently been writing and delivering DLM training courses in Europe and Asia.

Bob Walker

Lead Application Developer at Farm Credit Services of America

Bob started working on Microsoft technologies way back in the days of .NET 1.0, when ASP.NET WebForms freely roamed the earth. He founded the Code Aperture blog to share his knowledge of DLM Automation, .NET, JavaScript, software security and software design. He is currently a Lead Application Developer at Farm Credit Services of America in Omaha, Nebraska, United States. In his free time he enjoys cycling, photography, and spending time with his wife and pets.


Simon Galbraith

CEO at Redgate

Simon is the joint founder and CEO of Redgate Software. Over the past 19 years, Simon has been part of Redgate’s growth from a 2 person firm operating out of a spare room to today’s 230 person outfit with hundreds of thousands of users. Although Simon’s responsibilities are primarily strategic, his background is technical with qualifications including a PhD in physics from Cambridge University and former employment with Shell and ThornEMI.


Stephanie Herr

Partner Manager at Redgate

Stephanie has been working at Redgate for the last 8.5 years on Database Lifecycle Management. Before that, she was a software and database engineer for 8 years. She’s passionate about leveraging best practices from application development for the database and loves working in agile environments.


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.

Tony Davis

Editor at Simple Talk

Tony edits articles and writes editorials for both the Simple-talk.com and SQLServerCentral.com websites and newsletters, with a combined audience of over 1.5 million subscribers. Tony specializes in databases, and especially SQL Server. As the editor behind most of the SQL Server books published by Redgate, he spends much of his time helping others express what they know about SQL Server. He is also the lead author of the book, SQL Server Transaction Log Management. In his spare time, he enjoys running, football, contemporary fiction and real ale.


Jake Sigrist

Account Executive at Redgate

Jake has been part of Redgate’s Pasadena office for the past 2 years. He’s part of the Accounts team, and focuses primarily on the DLM tools. He's worked closely with customers from many different industries to help improve them with database development processes.

Carly Meichen

Product Marketing Manager at Redgate

Carly is a product marketing manager at Redgate for SQL Prompt and SQL Compare. Having been a part of the Communities team previously, she has a passion for supporting the SQL community and enjoys meeting new people at conferences.


Annabel Bradford

Communities & Events Marketing Manager at Redgate

Annabel is the Events and Communities Marketing Manager at Redgate, and has 10 years’ experience in community and events marketing. For the past 7 years she’s specialised in creating, organising, marketing, and managing events and community marketing for Redgate software.


“SQL in the City is a great opportunity to see what's coming next from Redgate, as well as a chance to get some free training. The presenters are knowledgeable and their enthusiasm is contagious. Watch and learn.”