a fly on the wall view of some key problems with delivering software and databases

Most blogs about software delivery are written by software developers or 'DevOps' types. This is logical, but sometimes it helps to take a step back. This blog is from the perspective of someone who is not a developer, but who works with many of them at a variety of organisations. From this perspective some patterns jump out, even to the untrained eye. Sometimes the solutions are obvious, if only it was possible to look at them from a different angle.

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I’m leaving Redgate

With a heavy heart, I just handed in my notice at Redgate. I’ll write another blog post in the next few days to explain my plans for what I’m doing next, but in the meantime, I just sent this email to all my colleagues: My dearest Redgate, We’ve been together so long. I feel like you are part of me.…

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I’m going back to India to speak at SQL Server Geeks Annual Summit

It’s not every day you get invited to speak at a conference. It’s always exciting and flattering. However, it is especially exciting when you’re invited to speak at a conference on the other side of the world. (And when your photo is on the site right under a Microsoft Corporate Vice-President!) I’ll be flying to Bangalore for SQL Server Geeks Annual Summit…

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I’ll be talking about ReadyRoll at DevOps Tech Day in London – a Microsoft event about DevOps

Save the date: Thursday 16th June 2016 Paddington, London Free Microsoft training event: DevOps Tech Day Last year Red Gate purchased ReadyRoll, a tool to help you manage your SQL Server source code and deployments. It seemed an odd choice at the time given that it was largely incompatible with Red Gate’s traditional stack for Database Lifecycle Management (DLM): SQL…

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I’m back – and I’m excited about INSIDE-SQL!

Hi everyone, Well – I’m back from my sabbatical. I climbed mountains on three continents. Saw whales in California, condors in Peru, and, erm… sheep in Scotland. I did all that self-discovery stuff you see in films with Meg Ryan or Julia Roberts. Now I’m firming up my speaking engagements for the summer. INSIDE-SQL First up is INSIDE-SQL in London.…

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Today’s the day… I’m off!

Today’s the day. My sabbatical starts at 5pm. My email account will be suspended and I’ll be locked out I’ve specifically requested this for a few reasons: I won’t be working while I’m away, so I should be clear with people who email me that they will not be getting a response and my out-of-office will explain who else can respond.…

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Sometimes I hate TFS

Disclaimer: I was not in the best mood when I wrote this. It is not entirely accurate. I have taken artistic licence. But it cheered me up a bit. The following is a true reflection of my emotions, and a *partly* true reflection of TFS. Also, the last line needs work artistically and context functionally but I ran out of time.…

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I’m going away for a bit…

tl;dr Sorry I haven’t posted in a while. I’ve been busy with many things not software related. And I’m about to take a sabbatical. This means I’m also not likely to post again until May/June. Why I’m taking a sabbatical Because I can. One of the perks of working for Redgate is that you get a 6 week paid sabbatical…

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Liveblogging from NDC London

Please forgive typos, mis-quotes and other mistakes. I’m liveblogging from NDC. This is likely to be pretty rough. Also, this post is going to be updated in real time. I might start separate posts for day 2 and 3 etc. Quick links: Keynote: Scott Hanselman (Microsoft) – JavaScript, The Cloud and the Rise of the New Virtual Machine Go and…