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by Robert Reeves, Datical CTO: On August 14th at 1:00 PM EST, Eric Minick (IBM DevOps Evangelist) and I will be hosting a webinar on automating deployments beyond just copying files around your datacenter.  We’ll be discussing the intricacies of Mainframe, WebSphere Configuration, and Database Application Schema Migrations. There’s been a lot of talk about infrastructure as code and we agree!  The days of keeping environment information in a printed document and between one’s ears are over.  So, let’s do the same for our Mainframe, WebSphere, and Database automation! Pushing compiled binaries to a server is relatively elementary.  Copy, maybe bounce the server, and close the ticket.  However, when your new EAR file requires a new JMS Queue or additional column for a Database table, you run into all sorts of state problems. What happens if the JMS Queue exists?  What... (more)

Datical Emerges from Stealth Mode

Datical, Inc. has emerged from stealth mode and announced Datical DB which uses a patent-pending, data model approach for automating, simplifying and managing database schema change, configuration and complex dependencies as part of the application release process. Datical DB is based on Liquibase, the proven schema change open source project, which has been in development since 2006 and is used today by hundreds of organizations including Fortune 1000 companies. Unlike silo'ed DBA tools that focus on improving SQL scripts, Datical DB eliminates manual change scripting and the e... (more)

The DevOps Database | Part 1 By @Datical | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

Recently, the Agile Austin DevOps SIG invited Datical to talk about the impact of DevOps practices on database change management. This was a great opportunity for us to talk to folks about our approach to managing application schema change in IT organizations that have moved or are moving to more responsive and agile planning, development, and delivery processes.  It was a lively discussion with some great feedback from the audience. In framing the discussion, I relied heavily on "The Three Ways" of DevOps.  The Three Ways are the principles that underpin the DevOps patterns that ... (more)

The DevOps Database | Part 3

In the third post in this series, I’d like to talk about the Second Way of DevOps: Amplifying Feedback Loops.  Here’s a refresher on The Second Way from my introductory post in this series: The Second Way: Amplify Feedback Loops – This Way deals primarily with facilitating easier and faster communication between all individuals in a DevOps organization.  The goals of this step are to foster better understanding of all internal and external customers in the process and to develop an accessible body of knowledge to replace the dependence on expertise scattered across individuals. ... (more)

DevOps and SQL Review By @Datical | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

Automating SQL Review to Save Time and Money I’ve spent the majority of my tech career in startups.  I love the fast pace, the opportunity to learn new things, and the sense of accomplishment that comes from bringing a successful new product to market.  I began my career in Quality Assurance.  In startups, you rarely enjoy the low ratio of Developers to QA Engineers that you might in a large enterprise.  As a QA engineer in a startup, your inbox is always much more full than your outbox. You are the last gate before the next release so you’re always under the microscope. In an e... (more)