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Database Lifecycle Management

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.

What is DLM?

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:

  • IT performance strongly correlates with practices such as version control and continuous delivery
  • Firms with high-performing IT organizations are twice as likely to exceed their profitability, market share and productivity goals
  • Such IT organizations are more agile and reliable, deploying code 30 times more frequently, with 50% fewer failures

Redgate provides DLM products that enable your organization to include databases alongside applications in agile processes, and become a truly high-performing IT organization.

To learn more, download our DLM whitepaper or arrange a free consultation.

“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.”

Grant Fritchey,
SQL Server MVP

One step at a time

The key to the successful introduction of DLM is to see it not as a single, rigid, rulebook process that forces you to change every aspect of the way your organization works.

DLM is a staged process that can be implemented in your own timeframe, depending on what’s right for your organization. You can choose where to step into the lifecycle, and where to stop or move forward. Each step offers benefits in its own right.

Redgate distinguishes between four stages

Stage 1

No source control, or manual, ad hoc source control

Stage 2
Source Control

Automated source control solution

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Stage 3
Continuous Integration

CI and source control for the database

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Stage 4
Release Management

Source control, CI, and automated deployment

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How to take your next steps

To enjoy the benefits of more advanced agile practices, moving from no source control to source control is the first step (and the best way of doing this is by using a proper source control tool).

As you move through the stages, you can then choose to implement continuous integration and release management to establish a continuous delivery process.

Redgate’s DLM solution offers tooling to support each stage, which can be used individually or together to deliver the whole range of DLM benefits.

Redgate’s DLM products plug into the infrastructure your organization already has in place to cover application lifecycle needs – your source control system, your CI server, and your release management tool.

DLM Dashboard

Redgate DLM Dashboard is a free beta tool that tracks ad hoc changes to your database schema. Where a release management tool tells you what you last deployed, DLM Dashboard shows you if that’s still what’s running on your server.

If there are unexpected changes, DLM Dashboard provides an audit history of who changed what, and when they did it.

Your Operations team can use it to see what schema state is deployed on any of your database environments, and as a final safety check before deploying to Production.

Read more about DLM Dashboard or arrange a free consultation if you have any questions.


Download our DLM whitepaper

Why Redgate?

Redgate has specialized in database software for 15 years.

Our products are used by 650,000 IT professionals, in more than 100,000 companies, including 91% of the Fortune 100.

Our philosophy is to design highly usable, reliable tools, which elegantly solve the problems that development and operations teams face every day.

Find out more about DLM

Database Lifecycle Management is already changing the way companies and organizations think about their IT performance.

Stay ahead of the game with our online resources that give you all the facts you need to make informed decisions.

Arrange a free consultation

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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