The Redgate Story

Redgate Software was founded in 1999 and, in the 20 years since then, has grown from offering a handful of tools to providing a full suite of database development solutions which enable businesses to include the database in DevOps.

Many solutions like SQL Compare and SQL Prompt are regarded as the industry standard and they are now used by over 800,000 people in every type of organization around the world, from small and medium sized businesses to 91% of companies in the Fortune 100. This has been achieved by investing heavily in making the software intuitive to use even though it solves complex customer problems – something Redgate calls ingeniously simple.

While Redgate has focused mainly on the Microsoft platform, it also offers solutions for Oracle and MySQL. Its acquisition of Flyway, the cross-platform database migration tool, in July 2019 was to extend the advantages of database DevOps to every database.

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Our history

When Neil Davidson and Simon Galbraith founded Redgate Software in 1999, they had three goals in mind:

  • To work together to do something they found personally fulfilling
  • To create software that made a technical contribution to the market and to the working lives of users
  • To build a company culture that represented their moral values and who they were as people – this was in reaction to having worked in places where the humanity of the organization’s employees was seen by their managers as an annoying inconvenience

They started work initially creating bug tracking, load testing and code profiling tools for .NET applications. In his spare time, Neil Davidson also developed a small piece of software to resolve an issue he found particularly irritating – how to compare the differences between a database in development and a database in production and create a deployment script in minutes.

SQL Compare was the result and, nearly twenty years after it was first released, it remains the industry standard for deploying changes to SQL Server databases. Its success also encouraged Redgate to look at other complex, time-consuming and laborious tasks that database development throws up, and create solutions to resolve them.

The approach, which Redgate calls ‘ingeniously simple’, became the trademark of Redgate’s software and over the years it added a range of solutions to its database development portfolio, covering everything from writing SQL code faster to masking data.

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20 years in database software
87% rate support 'excellent'
804K users worldwide
91% of the Fortune 100

It's not just about the software

Redgate’s 20-year journey has been about a lot more than software. Remember the company culture and the moral values goal? This has been central to the company and a major contributor to the success of Redgate.

Quite simply, people matter. Give them a results-driven culture that blames anyone who fails to deliver, or a bureaucratic one that forces everyone to follow a rulebook, and innovation will be crushed, ambition defeated.

Give them, instead, a culture that is open to new ideas, encourages cooperation and collaboration, and focuses on doing the right thing, not the easy thing, and good things happen. Because people feel part of the process rather than alien from it.

Whether in development, support, marketing or sales, Redgate people try to make a difference and the result is that the company has expanded far beyond its headquarters in Cambridge. It now has offices in Pasadena and Austin in the US, as well as Brisbane and Berlin, employs around 400 people and has been repeatedly recognized as a great place to work.

Find out how we build products at Redgate

"We really believe that product development is a team sport and that everyone should get involved to make the best products for our customers"

Jeff Foster, Head of Product Engineering