RedGate makes awesome SQL Server dev tools!
Rob Cowart | TrustRadius Reviewer
April 03, 2017

RedGate makes awesome SQL Server dev tools!

Score 10 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Redgate SQL Compare

I use RedGate SQL Compare within my department. In database development, it's an awesome tool to keep database structures and code in sync, especially with there are many hands working on a database. It helps in determining the REAL scope of structure and code migrations. I use it to both generate deployment scripts for later use and documentation and also to effect some migrations immediately. It depends on if I am trying to sync multiple dev dbs or a dev to qc db or from a dev/qc db to a prod db. It is very thorough in its comparisIt's. Its not unusual that I have a few of those "oh I forgot about that change" moments when running it. It saves me lots of time and frustration in performing db change migrations right the first time. I don't ever want to be without it!!
  • Deep, thorough SQL Server db comparisons in places you might not think to look.
  • Gives me flexibility on how I want to save or execute the SQL Compare results.
  • Remembers settings between uses that speed me in using it.
  • Has a clear and effective interface.
  • Pricing.... I wish there was an inexpensive developer version I could buy for myself.
  • Portability.... I would like to use it from a flash drive so I can use it where ever I am asked to work.
  • Unbundled.... This may be available already but I dont' recall I can buy it cheaply as a stand-alone product. Its only part of the bundle - cost effectively.
  • Saves me lots of time in doing database migration jobs right the first time.
  • Improves quality of releases, thus reducing rollbacks or stumbles in migrations that need to be be fixed urgently. This improves client and user satisfaction which usually indirectly equates to ROI -- happy customers are paying customers.
  • I get raises because I can deliver better work in my department.
Frankly, I came into a RedGate equipped database shop and never considered looking for anything else. I didn't find RedGate, it found me. When I leave one company, to go to a new company I immediately make sure there are licenses to Toolbelt Essentials. It's that important to me. If I could afford a developer license, I would! To me, all professional SQL Server installations need to have plenty of RedGate tools available!! They make for a much smoother db dev and implementation environment.
  • SQL Compare is great for all database development environments, especially in "wild west," fast paced environments.
  • Great for SCRUM and Agile.

Redgate SQL Compare Feature Ratings

Version control tools
10
Test data generation
Not Rated
Performance optimization tools
10
Schema maintenance
10
Database change management
10
User management
Not Rated
Database security
8
Database status reporting
Not Rated
Change management
10