If you’ve ever tried to jump into using Git, you know how steep the learning curve is. With terms like “rebase,” “branch,” and “fork,” it can be overwhelming. In fact, this learning curve sometimes dissuades teams from migrating to Azure DevOps or even using Git at all. Git can be extremely powerful, but that power is lost if you simply don’t know how to use it. That’s where our custom deployment tool comes in. This tool takes out the Git learning curve and allows you to take advantage of the power of Git and Azure DevOps with the push of a button.

For instance, let’s say you’re on an IT team that does database deployment. There are 40 DBAs deploying SQL and SSIS package changes into production on demand. Additionally, you have developers that do not combine changes into one release; they simply release into production on their own without any kind of release schedule. Clearly, there needs to be a way to audit what goes into production.

You’ve been tasked with configuring a third-party application for your development team, and you want to do this using SQL. In the past, deployments have been handled via emails between analysts and DBAs.

Now, things have changed. After our tool is installed and customized, all you’ll need to do is upload your SQL scripts to Git using the UI. To do this, select the script you wish to upload, and decide where you want to deploy it.

Then, give it a release description in the text box and click submit. This action opens up Azure DevOps, where you can see the release. 

That’s it! You’ve successfully released your change into the environment of your choosing. You can also enable pre-deployment approvals so that releases don’t move into production unchecked.

This custom deployment tool allows you to take advantage of Git concepts and traceability without having to become an expert. The Azure DevOps Audit Trail is also augmented with copies of every script that ran in every environment. The purpose of Git is to manage a project as it changes over time, and this extension helps you do just that.

To get started, or for a free consultation of our other services, contact us here at PRAKTIK today.