Implementing release changes in the database structure and lookup content requires a deep knowledge of both the database and the application, which is why DBAs and DBA Managers are generally responsible for both building the script and executing it. However, manual build script preparation leaves ample room for human error and is a time-consuming, tedious process. Evaluating change scripts created by development teams can become even more challenging due to the sheer volume of changes, and on many occasions – DBA teams can’t deal with code review, but are left to deal with damage control when things break.
TeamWork™ Change Policy Enforcement also enables you to harness your Active Directory policies and impose them on the databases in every environment. For example, you can give developers full access in the development environment and a read credential in the testing environment (if required for debugging purposes), but restrict them from the structure and lookup content changes in the User Acceptance Testing (UAT) and the production environments.
With TeamWork™ Deployment Manager Wizard, creating the build script is simple and does not require deep knowledge of the database. TeamWork’s Impact Analysis provides a valuable alternative to damage control, comparing objects between environments and generating the proper commands to reflect the change. Using a three-way, Baseline-Aware Analysis, DBmaestro TeamWork™ goes beyond the capabilities of standard compare-and-sync tools to identify not only that configuration drift exists, but where the changes originate and whether changes are safe to deploy, mitigating one of the most prominent risks faced by DBA Managers attempting to implement continuous delivery for the database.
TeamWork™ enables you to save a snapshot of the database schemas and lookup content before and after successfully rolling out any version. These snapshots can be used as a Golden copy and act as a baseline when generating the next release’s database build script. When configuration drift exists between environments, TeamWork’s safety net issues a red flag, allowing you to stop an automated deployment process, and deal with the change or address bugs and issues before changes are deployed. This ensures that critical changes made in the target environment are not overridden by out-of-date code from the source.
TeamWork™ Deployment Manager Wizard enables anyone to generate the database build script with a few mouse clicks and select the objects being analyzed based on a number of different criteria, such as: application versions, labels, object type, object name, Change Request (CR), related to business requirement requests, and so on.
By creating the database build script using TeamWork™ Deployment Manager Wizard, you can drastically reduce the preparation phase in the release cycle and ship out rapid changes to satisfy the ever-increasing demands for leaner, more agile development cycles, providing true business agility often sought after but rarely achievable when it comes to database development due to the challenges faced with continuous delivery for the database. Our customers report back to us that they reduce the preparation phase from days and weeks to just minutes and hours. They also report on an increase in the quality and stability of the database build script with a reduction in the need to re-work scripts, which saves countless hours of valuable time and associated development costs. Not only does DBmaestro TeamWork™ provide business agility, but dramatically improved business continuity.
In case there is a problem and the roll out needs to be rolled back, TeamWork™ Deployment Manager Wizard will create the rollback script within minutes based on the history and snapshots that exist in its repository.
The check-out process locks the object for access by other team members, preventing two development teams from making simultaneous changes to the same objects. Development collaboration is drastically improved by avoiding out-of-process changes that create conflicts and issues later in the development lifecycle.
When an object is checked in, the developer is prompted to enter the reason for the change, with everything else automatically documented, including who made the change, where, and when – creating a complete audit trail to improve compliance and governance.
As a DBA Manager, protecting your company’s valuable data is a primary concern which you must balance with your day-to-day responsibilities, including installation, configuration, migration, and updates to the database. Ultimately, any problems that arise with the database fall onto your shoulders – along with the responsibility to mitigate risks and implement fixes as quickly as possible. With constant pressure for technology companies to release frequent updates to applications, overcoming common challenges in database development is a daily concern.
DBmaestro TeamWork™ is the leading Database Lifecycle Management (DLM) solution that streamlines the development process and provides a built-in safety net that prevents out-of-date scripts from running, reducing the need for costly backouts. DBmaestro TeamWork™ enables you to:
- Separate between Roles & Responsibilities, preventing unauthorized database changes.
- Control who is doing what to the database, when, and why.
- Save a Golden copy, which can be used as a baseline to easily reference previous versions.
- Automatically generate a build script within minutes, based on many criteria while ensuring all changes are safe for release.
- Reduce the release cycle time by improving the preparation (generating the build script) and the execution phase (the build script generated based on database dependencies).
- Prepare the rollback scenario within minutes.
- Be able to generate an easy to read audit report – and know when and why changes are introduced to the databases under your responsibility.