A large majority of enterprises face application delivery challenges because of manual database deployment processes, according to a new report from Dimensional Research.

The firm surveyed 303 development, application release, and DevOps professionals in February 2018 as part of a study
commissioned by Datical Inc., a provider of database release automation technology.

The study found that enterprise application teams are more hindered than ever by database teams to accelerate application updates. In addition, the manual nature of database deployments creates a bottleneck for business innovation and improving customer experiences.

Many application teams (90 percent) face pressure to release applications more quickly, and 93 percent have application delivery challenges because of database deployments.

Furthermore, 71 percent report more than half of all significant application changes require database changes, and 91 percent report that database release automation would accelerate and improve the overall application release cycle.

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A majority of enterprises are still manually reviewing, validating, and deploying database changes.

“As the research reveals, database deployments are a bottleneck that slow down the business and put application performance at risk,” said Diane Hagglund, principal researcher at Dimensional Research. “The good news is that the data also shows that there are clear and tangible benefits for all teams when database release automation is adopted.”

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