The Philadelphia Launch Event for Team Edition for Database Professionals was a blast!
The crowd was awesome and very engaged. They added insight, made great suggestions, and asked some good questions - it was obvious most folks are excited about the product. From my informal poll, others present are taking a wait-and-see stance.
I hear both groups! I'm excited about the options and support the product enables for database developers, but I also understand the cautious response from most operational (system) DBAs.
I need to write more about this (when I have more time to blog!), but the same traits that make the operational DBA very good at their job also make them very resistant to change. I am working on ways to implement the cool new features of Team Edition for Database Professionals into the daily life of the operational DBA without upsetting the apple cart. To this end, I'm working with some of the smartest operational DBA types on the planet.
I don't believe adoption will be an issue on the developer side of the house. And, even if the product is not adopted into the operational DBA toolkit, it will still make their lives easier beacuse database developers and developers developing database object (yes, there is a difference) will now have integrated testing at their fingertips. Regression testing will become part of the DDLC (Database Development LifeCycle).
If you're in the mid-Atlantic region and haven't already registered, you can register for the Launch Event in Washington, DC scheduled for Tuesday 5 Dec 2006 at the Grand Hyatt located at 1000 H Street, NW in DC.
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