More and more companies are recognizing that agile practices such as continuous integration and continuous delivery are as applicable to databases as they are to applications.
Implemented correctly, they reduce risk, improve efficiency, and deliver value to customers sooner.
Quite simply, they enable organizations to proactively manage the processes involved in the application and database lifecycle, including planning, development, release, and maintenance.
Database Lifecycle Management (DLM) refers to the processes that cover the database as part of the wider lifecycle management question.
Just like Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), DLM takes a wide-angle view across the software lifecycle, encouraging teams to use a range of processes and technology infrastructures to manage database changes.
The 2014 State of DevOps report found that:
Redgate provides DLM products that enable your organization to include databases alongside applications in agile processes, and become a truly high-performing IT organization.
“The journey of managing a team-developed application and its database involves many stages and it is vital a process is put in place to manage all these people, their code, and their environments.”
Take your first steps in DLM, with source control and manual deployments
The SQL Developer Suite includes SQL Source Control, a plugin that lets you use your source control system to version control your database: the first step in managing your database lifecycle.
It also gives you seven tools for development and manual change management – everything you need to get started with DLM.Deployment Suite for Oracle, which includes Source Control for Oracle, a standalone tool which lets you use Subversion or Team Foundation Server with Oracle databases.
Complete your DLM journey, with database CI and automated deployments
The DLM Automation Suite works with your existing CI and release management infrastructure, so you can include your database in both processes. It also provides you with the review and approval steps you need to make sure your process is safe.
With it, you can make automated deployments – and even continuous delivery – a reality for your database.DLM Automation Suite for Oracle, which lets you add your Oracle database to your CI process.
If you have any questions about DLM and where Redgate’s tools can help you, please contact us to arrange a consultation.
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