Yay! I’m very happy to be a Friend of Redgate again in 2019 :)
I first became a Friend of Redgate in 2015, so this will be my fifth year in the program – and hopefully not my last! But what is this program, really? And why am I so happy to be a part of it?
What’s the Friends of Redgate Program?
Friends of Redgate are active community members who use the Redgate tools, and also blog, speak, help others, and provide product feedback.
Check out all the awesome Friends of Redgate in 2019!
Throughout the year, we get to work with Redgate in various ways. It could be writing articles, presenting webinars or sessions, answering questions in the forums, participating in research calls, working with the product teams, or just sharing our feedback and ideas. In return, we get free personal licenses, invitations to yearly dinners and other events, and the occasional fancy swag.
In short, we support Redgate by providing feedback and helping them spread the word, and they support us by giving us free licenses and more opportunities to contribute to the community.
It’s a win-win, really :)
Why I’m a Friend of Redgate
I’ve been using Redgate tools for many years. You might even call me a bit of a fangirl! My absolute favorite is SQL Prompt, which I use daily. It makes me a much more efficient developer and I struggle to do my work without it. It’s such a great tool that I would pay out of my own pocket for it if my employer didn’t see the value in it. In short, I love the Redgate tools.
Redgate is also one of the top supporters of the SQL community and community events like SQLSaturdays. I cannot thank them enough, ever, for all the support I (and many others) have received over the years.
A lesser known fact is that Redgate played a very important part in how I got involved in the SQL community. Before I attended my first PASS Summit in 2013, I attended the Redgate SQL in the City event. I didn’t know anything about #SQLFamily at the time, but I did know Redgate. During the SQL in the City event, I met several people in the SQL community who urged me to attend the networking dinner afterwards. So I did. I was terrified, but I went, and I met lots more people who welcomed me with open arms. This pretty much changed my life. Without Redgate and their SQL in the City event, I’m not sure any of that would have happened.
In short, Redgate means a lot to me personally. Their tools helped me become a better and more efficient developer. Their support helped us grow our local user group and SQLSaturday. And their community focus played a part in changing my life. Because of this, I want to give back where I can, and I get to do that by being a Friend of Redgate.
Thanks, Redgate! Here’s to a great 2019 🍻