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Year in review with Kendra, Steve, Grant and Kathi: The best of 2018 and our predictions for 2019


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Microsoft Data Platform MVPs Kendra Little, Steve Jones, Kathi Kellenberger and Grant Fritchey discuss the highlights of innovations they've seen in 2018, both in the Microsoft Data Platform and in Redgate's products. They discuss their favorite features, webcasts, and blog posts from around the internet as they review the year in tech innovations.

Along the way they share their own personal moments of glory, and favorite goofy memories as well. Bring your own guesses for what's coming in the Data Platform in 2019, because they get predictive at the end of the discussion and tackle what cool things they hope to be surprised with in 2019.

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Year in review with Kendra, Steve, Grant and Kathi: The best of 2018 and our predictions for 2019

  1. 1. 2018 Year in Review …and Predictions for 2019
  2. 2. Redgate’s evangelist team Kendra Little @Kendra_Little Evangelist Grant Fritchey @GFritchey Evangelist Kathi Kellenberger @AuntKathi Evangelist & Simple Talk Editor Steve Jones @Way0utwest Evangelist & SQLServerCentral Editor
  3. 3. Agenda
  4. 4. 2018: Highs, Lows, Moments of Oops & Glory
  5. 5. Grant’s moment of glory
  6. 6. Kendra’s moment of “Oops!”
  7. 7. What’s your favorite talk that you gave this year?
  8. 8. Did you attend any events in 2018 which you’d highly recommend?
  9. 9. A Moment of Silence
  10. 10. DORA, Security, AI
  11. 11. What was your favorite Redgate solution to show this year?
  12. 12. 2018 proved that naming things is still hard
  13. 13. SQL in the City: Highlights
  14. 14. SQL in the City: the hot mic incident
  15. 15. Favorite new Microsoft Data Platform features?
  16. 16. What features make you say…
  17. 17. 2019 Predictions Art by @ChrisSpalton
  18. 18. Redgate Predictions
  19. 19. Data Platform Predictions
  20. 20. DevOps Predictions Photo by Ash Edmonds on Unsplash
  21. 21. Bonus: The Best DevOps Poem Ever Written
  22. 22. Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the place, Not a server was stirring, ‘cept the database, The DBAs sat in dim light, typing with care, In hopes of how well the deployment would fare. Their developers were nestled all snug in their beds, Whilst visions of non-clustered indexes danced in their heads, And low user traffic, connections, activity of all kind, Gave the DBAs plenty of confidence in mind. By Chris Unwin
  23. 23. When all of a sudden there arose such a clatter, One DBA sprung from their chair to see what was the matter, To SSMS they flew like a flash, To find what had caused the poor DB to crash. The gath’ring of multiple changes to make, Had led to a rather ginormous mistake, When what to their wond’ring eyes should appear through the smoke, But several Stored Procs, which appeared to have broke, By Chris Unwin
  24. 24. Dependencies thrown like caution to wind, A deadline appeared, and none of them grinned, Deadlocks and latches too were plaguing this night, It seemed SQL Server was up for a fight. They worked and they worked, all through the night, Weary and exhausted, no one knew of their plight, ‘til ping went the inbox, and again and again, It seemed also users were feeling the pain. By Chris Unwin
  25. 25. “That’s it”, said one DBA, who had had quite enough, “I gave up cookies and warm milk, to have it THIS rough!?” So, with a face quite contorted by strain, They started to roll-back, but that was also pain. Trying to find who had changed what, when and why, Had them verging on madness, and shouting out “why!?!” But then, in a flash of red and green light, A man in red coat had appeared from the night. By Chris Unwin
  26. 26. “Ho Ho Ho” he bellowed, stomach jiggling along too, “It seems at this point there’s just one thing to do!” So with a flick of his wrist and a jingle of bells, Santa highlighted the errors and all the code smells. “You see poor DBAs, you needn’t be pained!” “You just need to be agile, there’s much to be gained” “Big Bang deployments are dangers you see” “Like leaving for too long, the lights on your tree!” By Chris Unwin
  27. 27. And like that, as if all’d been a dream, The DBAs awoke away from their screen, Twas Christmas once more and now they knew why, In the new year perhaps, we should give DevOps a try. By Chris Unwin
  28. 28. Check out “The Chrisses” on DBAle