DevOps, CI, CD, ALM… for databases

DevOps, continuous delivery, ALM. Pick your paradigm, the fundamentals are the same, and the database is often ignored. It is ignored despite the fact that it is often the component with the most scope for improvement. It's time we fixed that. The database should not be a bottleneck on delivering customer value.

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T-SQL Tuesday #90 – You are doing “Continuous Integration” wrong!

It’s still Tuesday alright… In the USA anyway. (And by the USA I mean Hawaii.) This blog post is part of T-SQL Tuesday #90 – Shipping Database Changes, hosted by James Anderson. T-SQL Tuesday is an online blog party started by Adam Mechanic and you are invited to join in. A record of every previous T-SQL Tuesday is maintained by Steve Jones.…

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My SMART objectives for 2017

Last year I wrote about why new year’s resolutions suck and why I’ll be setting myself some SMART objectives for 2016 instead. SMART objectives have the following five attributes: S pecifc M easurable A ttainable R ealistic T ime-related I’ve used SMART objectives in business because they are good for motivation and accountability. Most new year’s resolutions are broken because…

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GroupBy conference by Brent Ozar

I love when people challenge the status quo – and Brent has done just that with his new event: GroupBy I wrote last month about the challenges of continuing to fund free training events. Many of us love these free events but venues and travel and catering is expensive. One approach that a few people have taken is to move to…

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DLM Digest issue 1 – Virtualisation

We’ve just released the inaugural Database Lifecycle Management (DLM) Digest, a monthly report of the latest developments in the world of database DevOps. You can read the full digest here. You can subscribe to future digests here. Just one email per month to keep your knowledge about all things DLM up to date. Here’s this month’s note from the editor:…

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3 reasons why your business will fail if you don’t adopt DevOps for your database

If you do not adopt DevOps your business is going to fail. It is going to fail because you underestimate the cost of your slow and cumbersome IT delivery processes. Either you will realise this before your competitors, or they will realise it before you. Whoever adopts DevOps first will win. In the wise words of Ricky Bobby, “If you…

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5 bold changes to support the scale problem of SQL Saturdays (and other data platform conferences)

I love SQL Saturdays. I love SQL Relay. I love user groups. Long may they continue, grow and thrive. I’ve attended as a speaker, as a sponsor, as a helper, as an attendee and as an organiser. I’ve personally benefitted significantly from my involvement in these events in each role. But in their current form they are unsustainable. They need…

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T-SQL Tuesday #83­­­­ – We’re still terrible at delivering databases

This is my first contribution to the T-SQL Tuesday blog party. This month it’s hosted by the impatient DBA. The theme for this month is that we’re still dealing with the same problems. I hope you don’t all want to throw me out of the party after you finish reading… Here’s goes. *GULP* When a graduate sales guy, within a…