As part of an effort to help IT organizations get a better handle on their database application management processes, Oracle today rolled out version 3.0 of the Oracle SQL Developer Data Modeler.
According to Sue Harper, senior principal product manager for the Oracle SQL Developer Data Modeler, IT organizations are rediscovering the value of data modeling in the wake of the move to agile development. While agile development speeds the actual development of the applications, that accelerated rate of development creates a need for more structure when it comes to managing the overall process.
Version 3.0 of Oracle SQL Developer Data Modeler adds integration with the Subversion open-source version control software, as well as support for user-defined design rules and transformation scripts.
Harper says that version control tools will prove to be critical because over time, IT organizations will have to reconcile multiple models of the same database applications. That capability will make it easier to identify any inconsistencies between various models.
In general, Harper says that data modelers over the years have developed an undeserved reputation for adding complexity to the overall application development process. Most of that reputation came from the simple fact that they were overused, she said. And with the rise of agile development, there has been a tendency to 'throw the data modeler baby out with the bath water.'
Now as IT organizations look for ways to manage agile development projects, Harper says that Oracle is beginning to see renewed interest in data modelers to help bring some order to the application development chaos.