The Database: The Elephant in the Room

Posted on Monday, Dec 8, 2014
Data - we can’t have applications or services without it. If software is eating the world, then data is the maitre’d. However, it can be challenging to incorporate database design and release into the world of continuous delivery and devops. Grant Fritchey and Jonathan Hickford of Redgate join Matt and Trevor for a discussion of DevOps and Databases.

Show Notes


Grant Fritchey

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. He has authored books for Apress and Simple-Talk, and joined Red Gate as a Product Evangelist in January 2011.

Jonathan Hickford

Jonathan Hickford

Jonathan Hickford is a product manager at Red Gate, working on creating tools to support database lifecycle management (DLM). Before he joined Red Gate, Jonathan worked in the web technology team of an international broadcaster, who provided new features and the operational management for the consumer facing TV network websites. Jon writes articles for Simple-Talk and can also be found on Twitter.


Trevor Hess

Trevor Hess

Trevor Hess is a Senior Product Manager at Progress Software working on Chef Software. He currently works on the Chef Application Delivery, Compliance and Infrastructure offerings.

Coming from a background in .NET Software Development and consulting, he has worked with several large multinational organizations to help kick start their journey to the cloud and the world of DevOps practices and principals. He is excited to engage in new experiences, and learning opportunities.

Trevor enjoys having hearty discussions about DevOps as well organizational change and transformation.

Matt Stratton

Matt Stratton (he/him)

Matty Stratton is the Director of Developer Relations at Aiven, a well-known member of the DevOps community, and a global organizer of the DevOpsDays set of conferences.

Matty has over 20 years of experience in IT operations and is a sought-after speaker internationally, presenting at Agile, DevOps, and cloud engineering focused events worldwide. Demonstrating his keen insight into the changing landscape of technology, he recently changed his license plate from DEVOPS to KUBECTL.

He lives in Chicago and has three awesome kids, whom he loves just a little bit more than he loves Diet Coke.