• SQL
  • SQL and Database development
  • data
  • Database
  • SQL Server
  • Azure
  • Data Analytics


Derek Colley is a qualified and experienced IT professional based in Manchester, England. Expert in SQL Server, he has experience managing everything from backups and monitoring to performance tuning, query rewriting and schema design. A graduate of Brunel University with an Honours degree in Computer Science, holder of an MSc and PgDip in Computing, and a PhD (Computer Science) candidate, he has worked for blue-chip clients including IBM, Capital One, AstraZeneca and IPSA, and has successfully provided IT consultancy for a wide client base since 2006. He is available now for remote project work in SQL Server, Oracle and MySQL. Contact him today at enquiries AT optimalcomputing DOT co DOT uk or visit for a free initial consultation and to find out more.


SQL Server 6.0, 7.0, 2005, 2008, 2008 R2, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2017, Azure DB, Oracle 9i, 10g, 11g, RMAN, DataGuard, Streams, MySQL, PHP, VB.NET, .NET Framework, HTML 4.0, CSS, VBScript, Windows Server administration.


  • Optimal Computing Ltd.

    - Current

Education History

  • BSc Computer Science with Honours

    Brunel University
    2003 - 2006
    Covering all aspects of Computer Science, I concentrated on relational database management systems and applications of artificially intelligence, producing a final project entitled 'An alternative image-recognition system for bomb-disposal robotics' coded in Python and PostGreSQL, which earned maximum marks.


Certified 'Oracle Streams' Practitioner Microsoft Certified Technical Specialist (SQL Server 2008 Administration) Microsoft Certified IT Professional - MCITP (SQL Server 2008 Administration), Microsoft Certified Professional (2012), MBCS

Clubs and Associations

British Computer Society (MBCS), Institute of Engineering and Technology (MIET), SQL Server Central author and contributor (

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