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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 Gene Kim discusses in detail in his novel "The Phoenix Project" and in the"The DevOps Cookbook", written by John Allspaw, Patrick Debois, Damon Ewards, Jez Humble, Kim, Mike Orzen, & John Willis.  Here's a quick summary of The Three Ways: The First Way: Systems Thinking - This Way stresses... (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)

Mainframes, WebSphere Config and Databases, Oh My!

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 com... (more)

Don't Forget the Database By @PetePickerill | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps

When you look at the evolution of IT in the enterprise, innovation has really taken hold within the last few years. In the systems and infrastructure part of the stack, virtual machines and the public cloud have greatly reduced the need for server floorspace, cooling and other investments that are overhead-intensive. That's very tangible evidence of innovation. On the application layer of the stack, developer teams have been boosted by DevOps tools and Agile methodologies. The evidence of that innovation manifests itself in dev teams' ability to go faster than ever and constantly... (more)

The DevOps Database | Part 2

In my first post in this series, I discussed the underpinning principles of all DevOps patterns as eloquently stated by Gene Kim, author of "The Phoenix Project."  In this post I'd like to dig a little deeper into The First Way.  As a refresher: The First Way: Systems Thinking - This Way stresses the performance of the entire system of value delivery.  Instead of becoming laser focused on the part of the process for which an individual or team is responsible, the individual or team works to understand the entire process from requirements generation to customer delivery.  The goa... (more)