[EN] The Redgate Way in AD 2015

LOGO__FORG2015I’m very very happy to be Friend Of Redgate. I’m member of this fantastic program for last three/four years. My first “Friends of Redgate” sencence appears in my mailbox in fall of 2011. Since this moment I’m trying to be active in this way. My stardard job as Friend is part of evangelization – not as good as my friends Grant Fritchey {TWITTER|BLOG} or Steve Jones {TWITTER|BLOG}, but because they both always inspiring me, I’m trying to be better year by year – is speaking and talking about arround, with Redgate’s ingeniously simple stuff. Speaking continuosly need improvement. Session writing, demo testing, then presenting and collecting opinions is a hard job. Sometimes I failed, sometime I rocking. But improving my session is my primary goal for this year. Not only by quantity but with quality.

In next two weeks I will spend almost three days in Redgate Headquarter in Cambridge. First day will be oriented for two main focus:

     >> Friends of Redgate Things: opinions, ideas, project team exchange, project and product managers talk, constructive advices and more

     >> Business Perspectives: because I just moved to England, hope that collaboration with Redgate could be alittle closer than before

Next two days it will be focusing for intensive learning workshops in Database Lifecycle Management (DLM) Training mode:

    Database Source Control – If you want to take the first step in improving your database development process with DLM, this is the workshop for you. You’ll learn how to: || Source control your database – the first step in any DLM process || Deploy your databases from source control || Monitor and track database changes across development, testing, and production environments. Workshop outline:
              – Introduction to Database Lifecycle Management (DLM)
              – Source control: an overview
              – SQL Source Control & Redgate DLM tools
              – Lunch
              – Deploying from source control
              – Branching and merging
              – Migration scripts for complex changes
              – Tracking changes across environments with DLM Dashboard
              – Networking and beer!

    Database Continuous Integration – Ready to do database continuous integration (CI) as part of Database Lifecycle Management? Then this is the workshop for you. You’ll learn how to: || Link your source control repository to a build system || Trigger database builds automatically when you make a change || Use Redgate’s DLM tools to test your database changes || Lay the foundations for package-based deployment of your database. Workshop outline
              – Introduction to Database Lifecycle Management (DLM)
              – Continuous integration (CI): an overview
              – CI & Redgate DLM tools
              – Automating builds
              – Lunch
              – The SQL CI plugin
              – Introduction to SQL Test
              – How to automate tests
              – Tracking changes across environments with DLM Dashboard
              – Networking and beer!

Both workshops will be provided by one of two Redgate DLM Trainer Tom Austin >>  Tom has spent the last 7 years working at Redgate, focusing on our DLM tools. He’s worked closely with customers from many different industries to improve efficiency and productivity in their development environments. Recently he has been involved in webinars focusing on database versioning using SQL Source Control
sing SQL Source Control. You can still register for one of those workshops plus another one named: Automated Database Deployment not only in United Kingdom but in United States (of America) too:

          – April 10 2015 | Database Continuous Integration | LA, USA | $500 | Ike Ellis | REGISTER

          – April 22 2015 | Database Source Control | Cambridge, UK | £300 | Tom Austin | REGISTER

          – April 23 2015 | Database Continuous Integration | Cambridge, UK | £300 | Tom Austin | REGISTER

          – April 24 2015 | Automated Database Deployment | Exeter, UK | £300 | Alex Yates | REGISTER

          – May 15 2015 | Database Continuous Integration |Bellevue, WA | $500 | Northwest Cadence | REGISTER

          – May 20 2015 | Automated Database Deployment | London, UK | £300 | Alex Yates | REGISTER

Learning? Yes, definitely very good planned two April’s days. Teaching? Yes, definitely more sessions with those subjects at User Groups, Saturday Conferences and middle-week conference in future months. If you will go to Cambridge, stop and say hello (or bring excellent coffe from Redgate’s Level Zero Cafeteria.

[EN] Reminiscence Boulevard: SQL In The City {LONDON}

SQL In The City: London 2014 Edition. My fourth edition at all, my third edition as Friends of RedGate, my second edition as speaker but not speaking, finally my first edition where I meet members of Polish SQL Server User Group travelled from Wroclaw. Full day of fantastic technical training with too many sessions for right choose. Another great way for learn about RedGate products, software, ideas. Best place for meet RedGate’rs, Friends of RedGate (like Dave, Annettee, John, David, Alex and more) and best spekers from far, far away…  Agenda? Impressive!

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Most important part of the keynote was official premiere of new RedGate tool, named SQLLightHouse – which is an special software for controlling not the Source Control but Schema and deployment stages. More info will be publish soon , and on my blog too.

IMG_8280Coffe – almost without limits, lunch – double sized, pep talks and gossips, technical talks and negotiations, training schedulind and demo requests. All of those things happened in London. Interesting raffle at the end – like KIndle Fire, NDC Conference free entrance, vouchers for internal RedGate’s training and Denormalizator at the end – this year Golden Ale brevered for RedGate. Pictures are on my Facebook site, more info you can find on twitter hashtag #sqlinthecity.

And if you missed SQL in the City this year, reserve date for next year (Autumn, somewhere in London) – or just jump for SQL in the Seattle (Nov, 3rd).

[EN] Reminiscence Boulevard: SQL in the City {London}

IMG_6761IMG_6854The Holiday is over. For many of You, probably it were "holiday months" – for me was not. July 2011 was under first SQL in the City sign. It was great event and after that I had big dream to going for next edition. And I WENT! On13th and 14th July 2012 In London, in the same location – excellent One Wimpole Street (WH1) over four hundred SQL Server Professionals, Administrators, Enhusiast, Influencers, Adopters, Developers meet together for SITC. I said over four hundred? Yes, over four hundred each day!

The agenda for both days was the same: three tracks: DBA Track, Developer Track, RedGate Track. Keynote + Five Sessions + Drinks Reception. Tigger likes to bounce a lot. In this year Redgate Team invited me to speaking. I’m very proud. It was a great opportunity to providing session IMG_7085IMG_6779(twice!! on Friday and Saturday) with: Richard Mitchell Cloud Services, Red Gate {Richard has been at Red Gate since almost the dawn of time. Having worked on projects as diverse as SQL Data Compare and ANTS Performance Profiler his current focus is "the cloud". He has spent the last 15 years working with evolving Microsoft technologies and has a passion for helping others learn from his many mistakes}

We provide session titled: "SQL Azure from Plan, to Backup, to Cloud – Red Gate Cloud-Ready Services" and it was one of my most funny sessions since I’m speaker. We had not super full filled room but with few dozens of listeners. Of course as always we had too, definitely too less time. We got a many opinions, questions, insinuations and comments – on sessions and after. But it was great experience for me – my first sessions IMG_7018IMG_6818with second presenter.

Before and after sessions I had a lot of moments (especially on Saturday) for exchange ideas, problems, solutions. We, The SQL Server Community, had a lot of time on the breaks, lunch time and especially on evening drink reception to meet other peoples, talking, drinking and generally having fun ! Anyone could meet some great presenters: "The RedGaters": Brad McGehee, Steve Jones, Grant Fritchey, Noemi Moreno, Richard Mitchell other speakers: Tom Austin, Sebastian Meine, Dave Green, Denis Lloyd and "The Community Speakers": Annette Allen, Dave Ballantyne. Rally good team!

IMG_6805IMG_7277I cannot forgot about all RedGate Team with many, many ladies and gentlemans in red T-Shirts with logo of Cambridge’s Company. It’s a months of preparations, tasks, reports, managing, screaming and listening, with talks and silence, with writing and receiving, with reading and sending. With thousands of small things, where everything has matter. Than You Red Gate, Than You Team, Thank You Comunity!

At the beginning of this event I known that SQL in the City expanding – in 100% (two days) but I was really surprised that in fact, the evend expanded 700% this year – except London You can go to Your local US event, in : New York, Austin, San Francisco, Chicago Boston, Seattle! Impressive isn’t?

IMG_7198IMG_6917PS: See You next year !

More Photos are on my FaceBook Page: Friday Set & Saturday Set and in the Collection on FlickR Profile too…