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Mainframes, WebSphere Config and Databases, Oh My!

Automating the tricky bits of application deployment

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 compiled binaries to a server is relatively elementary.  Copy, maybe bounce the server, and close the ticket.  However, when your new EAR file requires a new JMS Queue or additional column for a Database table, you run into all sorts of state problems.

What happens if the JMS Queue exists?  What if the properties on the JMS Queue need to change?  What if the table doesn’t exist in the first place?  Can I verify the state of my WebSphere configuration? Can I see if any changes have been made manually to my database?  HOW CAN I VERIFY THE CHANGES WERE MADE?!?!?  AHHHH!!!

At some point in automating your deployments, you will run into platform specific configuration challenges.  That’s when tools like Datical DB, which have deep, platform specific knowledge can maximize your investment in a DevOps framework.

After all, you INVESTED in your DevOps framework, you didn’t just purchase it.  You have every right to expect a large return on the time and money you put into automating your deployments.  You also have every right to demand that your subsequent tool purchases work out-of-the-box with that same investment!

IBM UrbanCode Deploy and Datical DB allow you to automate your Database changes alongside your Application Changes.  With Datical DB, you can easily identify your Database changes in Development and package them for deployment to later environments.  Since Datical DB understands the state of your target Database, you can easily orchestrate your entire Application stack deployment.

But, don’t take my word for it!  Come spend an hour with us to see for yourself.

Register for the Webinar here

Visit the Datical blog here

More Stories By Pete Pickerill

Pete Pickerill is Vice President of Products and Co-founder of Datical. Pete is a software industry veteran who has built his career in Austin’s technology sector. Prior to co-founding Datical, he was employee number one at Phurnace Software and helped lead the company to a high profile acquisition by BMC Software, Inc. Pete has spent the majority of his career in successful startups and the companies that acquired them including Loop One (acquired by NeoPost Solutions), WholeSecurity (acquired by Symantec, Inc.) and Phurnace Software.

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