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15 11, 2017

SQL Server DevOps: Continuous Integration and Deployment with Redgate’s DLM Automation

By | 2017-11-15T19:16:33+00:00 November 15th, 2017|Application Lifecycle Management (ALM)|0 Comments

I recently wrote about how deploying changes to a SQL Server database has become much easier than ever before and highlighted the three primary methods of automating the deployment of databases, which are Redgate’s DLM Automation, Redgate’s ReadyRoll and Microsoft Visual Studio SQL Server Projects. In this installment, I will go in to detail [...]

16 05, 2017

Deploying Databases Has Never Been Easier!

By | 2017-05-16T08:43:55+00:00 May 16th, 2017|Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), Database Lifecycle Management|0 Comments

There are several approaches to SQL Server database development and Database Lifecycle Management (DLM). These approaches range from specialized tools and project types to the storage and cataloging of SQL scripts and everything in between. However, for true DLM, that encompasses all the phases, from development to deployment there are three main options. Option 1: SQL Server [...]

25 10, 2016

SQL Server 2016 Top 10 Reasons to Upgrade

By | 2016-10-25T11:24:41+00:00 October 25th, 2016|Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), Data Science, Database Lifecycle Management, SQL Server|0 Comments

SQL Server 2016 is the most advanced and feature-packed release of SQL Server ever. From SQL Server 2005 through SQL Server 2014, there have been some very nice improvements and the product keeps getting better every release. However, SQL Server 2016 doesn’t just bring a new game, it brings a whole new playing field. Here are [...]

27 01, 2016

Everything you wanted to know about Elastic Database services (but were afraid to ask)

By | 2016-01-27T08:28:05+00:00 January 27th, 2016|Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), Database Lifecycle Management|0 Comments

Recently Microsoft introduced SQL Elastic Database services to their suite of Azure offerings. There is a plethora of information available about exactly how the elastic services function, but if you are like me, reading through the material might just confuse you more than enlighten you. I am going to try to clear up the confusion [...]

29 09, 2015

DLM: The Future of Database Development

By | 2015-09-29T15:35:30+00:00 September 29th, 2015|Application Architecting, Application Development, Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), Azure, Database Lifecycle Management, DevOps, Octopus Deploy, Practices, Release Management, Tools|0 Comments

There has been a great deal of talk recently around a re-discovered process known as DLM, or Database Lifecycle Management. DLM has been around for many years, but until recently has been virtually unknown and overshadowed by the complementing process of ALM, or Application Lifecycle Management. While ALM has seen widespread adoption along with a plethora of [...]

1 05, 2015

Learn all about Database Continuous Integration

By | 2015-05-01T08:20:00+00:00 May 1st, 2015|Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), Tools|0 Comments

I’ve said before that I have a passion for databases. Remember you can see that passion, live in Bellevue WA, because I’m running a workshop for Redgate Software on Database Continuous Integration on 15 May. Continuous integration ensures software is in a working state all the time, even during the development process. As soon as [...]

2 04, 2015

ALM, DLM and Facing the Future

By | 2015-04-02T13:27:12+00:00 April 2nd, 2015|Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), Tools|0 Comments

I have a passion for databases. I have to admit that my passion sometimes runs afoul of developers looking to short-cut the data requirements of an application. It especially runs afoul of a software configuration management system that doesn’t recognize that databases exist at all. Fortunately, the folks at Redgate share my passion. They also [...]

5 11, 2014

ALM meets DLM

By | 2014-11-05T12:47:14+00:00 November 5th, 2014|Application Lifecycle Management (ALM)|0 Comments

I recently had the opportunity to attend Red Gate’s “SQL in the City” event in Seattle. As an Enterprise DBA, Architect and SQL Developer I had used Red Gate’s tools extensively for a number of years. I always loved them. However, after transitioning to my current position as an ALM consultant, I didn’t really have much need [...]

15 08, 2014

Project Management and Agility

By | 2014-08-15T13:34:52+00:00 August 15th, 2014|Application Lifecycle Management (ALM)|4 Comments

I am currently working on a Team Foundation Server – Project Server integration engagement. If you talk to people in the ALM community, many of them think that is like trying to integrate a motorcycle with a truck. Sure, you could do it, but why would you want to? It begs the question, “Where do [...]

11 08, 2014

Continuous Integration – Removing the Barriers with Microsoft Azure

By | 2014-08-11T14:12:09+00:00 August 11th, 2014|Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), Azure|0 Comments

I was recently onsite at a client location working with them on a TFS implementation along with a complete redesign of their ALM processes with an Agile adoption thrown in, just to keep things simple. The client is a medium-sized company with about 200 developers worldwide including some off-shore contractors. In the afternoon of the [...]