DLM Dashboard is a new product from Redgate Software that’s free. Free as in beer, which should be attractive to many of you. The product is in Beta, but it’s fairly stable and has worked well for me. It’s still maturing, and we’re certainly looking for feedback on what works and what doesn’t.
What Does DLM Dashboard Do?
There are a couple of things DLM Dashboard does that I think many of you are interested in. Both of these promote DevOps collaboration, and I’d like to see these concepts take hold in most organizations.
- Track changes to Production
- See changes coming through Development
There’s more to the dashboard, but essentially it works by tracking the version of the schema in all environments. If anything changes, then you get an alert on the dashboard (and email notification if you need it).
That’s it. The versions are what you call them. You can set up versions as numbers (v4.2, 4.21, 4.22. 5.3, etc.) or you could do it by deployments (Mar 3 2015, Apr 6, 2015, etc). Whatever works for you.
The Dashboard lets you know if it detects a change and the version is incorrect, or if it detects a known version that’s been deployed to a new environment.
I’ll describe it more in other posts, but for now, check it out. It’s free, and it’s worth a few minutes of your time to try.