Here’s how Christian spent his 10,000+ hours
They say it takes 10,000 hours to become a master
Certified Novell Administrator
Christian got his first job in IT with British Aerospace at age 18. There, he worked with early versions of Windows and Novell Netware, and became a Certified Novell Administrator.
1998Microsoft Certified Professional
1999Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer: Windows NT 4.0
2001Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer: Windows 2000
2002Microsoft Certified Database Administrator: SQL Server 2000
At Microsoft, Christian worked with Enterprise clients in finance and government. He specialised in Microsoft SQL Server, working in a new business unit as a Dedicated Supportability Engineer. Christian was only the second SQL hire within the team.
2004Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer: Windows 2003
2006Microsoft Certified Database Administrator: SQL Server 2005
Founded SQL consultancy business, CoeoChristian left Microsoft to support medium and large clients running much of their business operations with SQL Server. Still closely allied with Microsoft, Coeo’s team of 50 offered valuable guidance on SQL performance and Microsoft products.
2008Microsoft Certified Master: SQL Server 2005
Microsoft Certified Architect: SQL Server 2005Christian became the first person outside of Microsoft to become a Microsoft Certified Architect. Building on his work to become a Microsoft Certified Master, Christian gained first-hand immersion with the SQL product development team. There he encountered some of the most complex SQL Server applications and came to understand each SQL component on a granular level, allowing him to resolve what many would consider ‘unsolvable problems’.
2008Published SQL Server 2005 Performance Tuning
2009Microsoft Certified Master: SQL Server 2008
Published Professional SQL Server 2008 Internals & Troubleshooting
Christian was the lead author of this seminal work drawing from his Microsoft tenure, exploring enterprise support, change management, and SQL Server’s intricate architecture. It became a vital industry resource, resonating with professionals globally, prompting an update in 2012.
2010Published Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Administration for Oracle DBAs
2012Published Professional SQL Server 2012 Internals & Troubleshooting
2013Microsoft Certified Master: SQL Server 2012
2014Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert: Data Platform
2016Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert: Data Management and Analytics
Founded Cloud Rede
Christian established Cloud Rede, with the goal of building enduring client relationships. Later joined by Karl, Cloud Rede, excels in both AWS and Microsoft Azure platforms, delivering agile, platform-agnostic solutions through automation and a lean, remote team.
2020Microsoft Certified Azure Database Administrator
AWS & Microsoft Certified Solutions Architect
Christian gained the highest level certifications for both the AWS and Azure platforms, allowing Cloud Rede to deliver the best support for clients using any SQL platform.
Christian gained a first class degree in law specialising in Data Protection and GDPR, enhancing our ability to work in sensitive data environments.
Made a Fellow of the British Computer Society
Christian was awarded fellowship of the BCS in recognition of his outstanding achievements and contributions to Information Technology.