Our Journey

Here’s how Christian spent his 10,000+ hours

Because of where we’ve been, we can take you where you need to go.

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.


Microsoft Certified Professional


Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer: Windows NT 4.0


Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer: Windows 2000


Microsoft Certified Database Administrator: SQL Server 2000


Joined Microsoft

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.


Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer: Windows 2003


Microsoft Certified Database Administrator: SQL Server 2005


Founded SQL consultancy business, Coeo

Christian 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.


Microsoft Certified Master: SQL Server 2005


Microsoft Certified Architect: SQL Server 2005

Christian 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’.


Published SQL Server 2005 Performance Tuning


Microsoft 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.


Published Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Administration for Oracle DBAs


Published Professional SQL Server 2012 Internals & Troubleshooting


Microsoft Certified Master: SQL Server 2012


Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert: Data Platform


Microsoft 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.


Microsoft 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.


Law Degree

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.

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