Slow database deployment creates bottleneck for software delivery

Frustrated developer

Deploying database changes is complex and demanding and combined with growing pressure to deliver application updates faster is creating a problem for businesses.

According to a survey by database automation company Datical 91 percent of respondents report they have to re-work database changes multiple times before they are ready for production deployment.

This backs up another key finding among survey participants, that 80 percent agree it takes longer to deploy database code changes than other types of code changes. In addition 84 percent of application stakeholders have had serious production issues due to database change errors; 57 percent of all application changes require a corresponding database schema change; and 88 percent report taking more than an hour to resolve these schema change issues, up from 81 percent a year ago.

"The lack of automated testing, change validation and code deployment around database releases are the biggest threat to an organization's ability to accelerate application delivery and keep pace with customer demands," says Robert Reeves, CTO and co-founder of Datical. "As executives search for ways to accelerate application delivery and remove errors, the resolution is simple - automate the database release process. This survey proves the database release process is a significant bottleneck to application delivery. Those that don't automate this process will see initiatives like agile and DevOps fail."

A big majority (92 percent) of enterprises realize that automating database deployments provides business value and accelerates overall application release cycles. According to survey respondents, the top benefits of database release automation include the ability for developers to find and fix database schema change errors faster (65 percent), reduced application downtime because of fewer, bad database schema changes (60 percent), and removing database deployment process bottlenecks in the application release process (52 percent).

The full report is available from the Datical site.

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