Rethinking Agility in Databases - Part V: Collaboration

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Rethinking Agility in Databases 3/28/2008 6:25 AM

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The Problem

Database developers are accustomed to SQL (and DDL… and DML). It’s what they are good at and it’s what they understand extremely well. As a result, a lot of them want to see a SQL script when the time comes to deploy. Even though a DataConstructor script is usually about 95% SQL, they are usually still going to push back if you just dump a DataConstructor script in their lap when it comes time to deploy.

An attempt at circumnavigation would be a mistake. First of all, DBAs usually have considerable political clout. After all, they are the guardians of the sacred temple which houses one of your company’s most precious assets: information. More importantly, and less likely to fade away over time, DBAs are good at database development. In insulating yourself from their political leverage, you are failing to capitalize on a resource that could add a considerable amount of value and quality to what you deliver.

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