For companies developing applications one step in particular is often the most painful. It involves a lot of manual work to make sure database changes are managed and deployed in-sync with application changes. Managing and deploying database changes is by far the slowest and riskiest part of the application release process.
It’s Time to Modernize Database Deployments
The database deployment process looks nothing like the modern continuous integration processes businesses are using to build and deploy application code. In fact the process to manage and deploy database changes has not changed in over 20 years. What was acceptable when a company was doing 1 to 2 application releases a year is no longer sufficient in a world where applications are being released monthly, weekly or certainly daily.
DevOps Meets Database
- Prevent application release delays due to database deployment issues and keep application development team in sync with database continuous integration. By triggering an automated build when database changes are checked into source control, developers get early feedback on whether changes can be successfully deployed.
- Reduce the risk of introducing bugs and defects further downstream by testing and validating database change scripts as part of a continuous integration process. Database continuous integration makes it easy to discover mistakes quicker, enables faster and less costly fixes and helps developers write better code.
- Save time by creating a database deployment package that can be automatically promoted alongside application code changes. With database continuous integration, application development teams can deliver smaller, less risky deployments, making it possible to respond quicker to business or customer needs.