5 Reasons to Create the Continuous Delivery Database
“Continuous Delivery is the ability to get changes of all types into production, or into the hands of users, safely and quickly in a sustainable way.” – continousdelivery.com
When I ask how organizations support continuous delivery, I often hear: “We are doing Continuous Delivery!” Upon further examination, this is really not the case. “But we create tickets” is NOT continuous delivery for the database. A ticket to an external service team does not provide safety, speed, or sustainability.
Here are 5 reasons your team should consider a database continuous delivery processes:
1. Align the speed of change for the database and the application
You’re moving fast with your application deployments. You’re using build automation and application release automation (ARA) to deploy your apps. Sadly, when you hand off the database changes to another team, you now have a two-track process for releasing your entire application. This causes a cadence mismatch and results in slower releases because you can only release your app as fast as your database releases.
2. Enable Digital Transformation
Digital Transformation involves accelerating the adoption of technology to bring agility to your business. Thus, your company will be able to quickly adapt to changing market conditions. (In other words, be more like Uber and less like Sears.)
You need to provide continuous delivery for all components in applications. Otherwise, your venture will not reach digital transformation. Your company will miss market opportunities your competitors will not.
3. Enable Self-Service for Development
There is absolutely no reason for a development team to wait seven (or more) days for a database change. In a two-week sprint cycle, that’s half a sprint. Unacceptable. With database continuous delivery, your dev teams will be able to release and improve applications fast. However, safety is an absolute must when you distribute responsibilities for changes. Thus, you will need both speed and safety to support self-service.
4. Enhance Data Security
Database release automation (DRA) ensures better database code.
This is accomplished by eliminating errors that can cause performance issues or downtime. Better database code also means better data security. Common mistakes that make databases more vulnerable to breaches and data theft are eliminated. These include misplaced GRANT statements, application misconfigurations, and more.
5. Your investment in DevOps and Application Release Automation will now return value
When describing their DevOps implementation experience, customers often wish they had done the database first. Though ARA is a necessary component in the DevOps toolchain, DRA is just as important. However, prioritizing the database over the application will return far more dividends than ARA. You must solve the hard problems first to make the impossible possible.
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