Devops for the Database--Everyone is Doing it, Right?
DevOps for the database–you have probably heard the term if you work in an organization that is deploying code on a regular basis. The developers have this down to a science, and now it is the database’s turn. The idea of deploying code and having a certainty it will run correctly instead of crossing your fingers and hoping you don’t see the red error messages has a certain appeal. There are lots of tools out there now to help with this, but it seems like we still drag our feet.
I know I did. When I chatted with Cindy Bean from DBMaestro, I didn’t have much database change automation experience. I had exposure to source control, but DevOps seemed more than that. After speaking with Cindy I created my first database project in Visual Studio. I definitely get the idea and hope to implement it fully in my environment. This episode is an introduction to the idea of database change automation and how you might get started.
I am on the trail, and I hope you will join me as well. Are you using database automation? I would love to hear your comments/concerns in the comments below. This won’t be the last time we discuss this and I hope you see your progress along the path.
Meet the Hosts
With more than 10 years of working with SQL Server, Carlos helps businesses ensure their SQL Server environments meet their users’ expectations. He can provide insights on performance, migrations, and disaster recovery. He is also active in the SQL Server community and regularly speaks at user group meetings and conferences. He helps support the free database monitoring tool found at databasehealth.com and provides training through SQL Trail events.
Eugene works as an independent BI consultant and Pluralsight author, specializing in Power BI and the Azure Data Platform. He has been working with data for over 8 years and speaks regularly at user groups and conferences. He also helps run the GroupBy online conference.
Kevin is a Microsoft Data Platform MVP and proprietor of Catallaxy Services, LLC, where he specializes in T-SQL development, machine learning, and pulling rabbits out of hats on demand. He is the lead contributor to Curated SQL, president of the Triangle Area SQL Server Users Group, and author of the books PolyBase Revealed (Apress, 2020) and Finding Ghosts in Your Data: Anomaly Detection Techniques with Examples in Python (Apress, 2022). A resident of Durham, North Carolina, he can be found cycling the trails along the triangle whenever the weather's nice enough.