15 September 2014
15 September 2014

Survey: Using Product Accounts

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Just a quick request from Red to help us by participating in a survey! At Red Gate we’ve set up a project team to look at improving license management for users. This should help users manage which machines they have each license on, and also help account owners with management of users. We’d like to … Read more
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18 October 2012
18 October 2012

Red Gate does Byte Night 2012

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On the 5th of October 2012, a team of nine plucky Red Gaters braved the howling wind and the driving rain to sleep outside. No tents or mattresses were allowed – all we took for protection were sleeping bags, groundsheets, plastic sacks and Colin’s enormous fishing umbrella (a godsend in umbrella-y disguise). Why would we … Read more
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29 March 2012
29 March 2012

World Backup Day

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Here at Red Gate Towers, the SQL Backup development team have been hunkered down in their shed for the last few months, with the toolbox, blowtorch and chamois leather out, upgrading SQL Backup. When we started, autumn leaves were falling. Now we’re about to finish, spring flowers are budding. If not quite a gleaming new … Read more
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02 February 2012
02 February 2012

Red Gate does Burns Night 2012

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Whilst we have our fair share, as a company, of native Scots, somehow none of them managed to attend Red Gate’s recent Burns Night celebration. Troublingly, this didn’t seem to trouble us. A Burns Supper should not, in theory, be hard to organise. We asked our head chef, Big Steve, if he’d put on a … Read more
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08 August 2011
08 August 2011

Interview with Jonathan Watts, Head of Test

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How did you come to be in your current role at Red Gate? I got into testing in my first job after university, at a blue chip company in Hertfordshire – I took a ‘summer job’ as an auditor running scripts to test photocopiers, whilst applying for positions as a developer.  Part way through the … Read more
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27 July 2011
27 July 2011

SQL in the City London

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Last Friday I was made to wake up obscenely early, which is something that I generally avoid. On this occasion, however, I was excited enough to spring out of bed when my alarm went, rather than hitting snooze three times before rousing, as is my usual routine. The reason for my uncharacteristically sprightly behaviour was … Read more
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15 July 2011
15 July 2011

Technology Ventures Conference

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Red Gate attended the Technology Ventures Conference (TVC), held at the Cambridge Student Union on the 8th June, and we had a great day.  The TVC is an event to showcase start-ups in the local area and to allow them to pitch for funding in the style of Dragon’s Den.  Red Gate are one of … Read more
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14 July 2011
14 July 2011

Cooking up a Storm

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I recently moved from Red Gate’s Finance team to The Agency, where the Marketing magic (And all the colouring in), happens. Every year each Red Gate team is given a generous budget and a free day out of the office to go and spend having fun with each other however they please.  In my four … Read more
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08 November 2010
08 November 2010

Five go to Oxford (then cycle back to Cambridge)

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It all started a few months ago when Chris Morgan got all enthusiastic about the London-Cambridge bike ride. While planning that he also came up with the idea that we should do the Oxford-Cambridge ride in October. It sounded like a crazy idea at the time but after the London-Cambridge bike ride which was very … Read more
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18 October 2010
18 October 2010

11 ways to celebrate a birthday

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Another year flies by and Red Gate reaches the grand old age of 11. Here’s what we got up to on our big day: At the crack of dawn we decorated the office. Cara on Reception was then wished a happy birthday by visitors to Red Gate towers for the rest of the day – … Read more
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10 August 2010
10 August 2010

How to redesign a website in 5 weeks

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You will need: A dedicated room – a usability lab or ‘war room’ if you like A dithering of designers. Pick and mix any five or six from: Information architect Interaction designer Usability engineer User interface designer User researcher Any other title using one or more of the above terms Reams of paper, pens, pencils, … Read more
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26 July 2010
26 July 2010

Living the high life at Red Gate

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I think it was the moment when, 1500 metres above the fields of South Cambridge, sitting in the front cockpit of a yellow 1939 Tiger moth biplane in a flying jacket and goggles, the voice of the pilot came through my headphones to tell me “You now have control of the aircraft” that I thought … Read more
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25 June 2010
25 June 2010

Swapping a spreadsheet for a sledgehammer

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When the opportunity to help for the day at Darwin Nurseries came up, the main thing that attracted me was the chance to smash things up. Working in the Finance department at Red Gate, the opportunity to smash stuff up doesn’t arise often. Mostly I spend my days at my desk writing emails, looking at … Read more
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21 April 2010
21 April 2010

Such thing as a free lunch

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There is a lot of hard work goes on in Red Gate, no doubt. And then there are things we’re asked to get involved with, that aren’t hard and don’t feel much like work. What? Give up our free lunch at Red Gate for a free lunch in a pub? Within an hour, myself and … Read more
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30 March 2010
30 March 2010

What if you could work on anything you wanted?

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This week we’ve downed our tools and organised ourselves into small project teams or struck out alone. We’re working on whatever we like, with whoever we like, wherever we like. We’ve called it Down Tools week and so far it’s a blast. It all started a few months ago with an idea from Neil, our … Read more
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19 February 2010
19 February 2010

Finance: Friends, not foes!

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After reading Phil’s blog post about his experiences of working on reception, I thought I would let everyone in on one of the other customer facing roles at Red Gate… When you think of a Credit Control team, most might imagine money-hungry (and often impolite) people, who will do nothing short of hunting people down … Read more
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