Boost Productivity with an IDE for Your Database Team

Infographics provide a method of conveying a lot of information in a condensed and visual form. They are a widely-used way of capturing an audience’s attention and enhancing comprehension. You can find infographics everywhere from marketing copy to charts on the wall of your doctor’s office. Infographics are often used to give an overview of complex ideas to entice the viewer to investigate the subject more deeply.

There are three categories of infographics that all make use of the human brain’s ability to process visually presented data very efficiently. An infographic can be used for:

  • Data visualization;
  • Presenting information;
  • Editorializing.

An IDERA infographic has been developed to present information regarding the benefits of using an integrated development environment (IDE) for your database team. In this post, we are going to take a more detailed look at the points that are illustrated in the infographic and see how Aqua Data Studio addresses the issues that can plague database teams working in a multi-platform environment.

Benefits of an IDE When Working with Multiple Databases

Most database teams need to demonstrate flexibility during the workday as they perform tasks on a variety of different platforms. A developer or DBA may be responsible for supporting cloud instances of SQL Server, an in-house implementation of Oracle, and some test MySQL databases all in the space of an hour. Here’s how using the right integrated development environment will help them be more productive while also making their life easier.

  • Navigation between the databases they support is an essential feature in an IDE. Gaining visibility into database objects and performing management tasks from a familiar interface can result in increased productivity versus the time spent using multiple tools.

  • Cross-platform support is another feature that separates IDE solutions. Some products may be dedicated tools designed to work on a single database platform. While these can be beneficial, they introduce the need to switch back and forth when working with different systems which wastes time and can potentially result in mistakes when operating in alternate user interfaces. The ability to automate and perform tasks specific to multiple supported platforms from within a single tool raises the level of productivity of your DBAs and developers.

  • Creating SQL code is an activity in which a database developer spends a good deal of their time. A highly functional tool like Aqua Data Studio provides developers with features such as autocompletion and formatting options. Version control and file sharing capabilities lead to all-around gains in team productivity. Team members can concentrate on getting things done right once and then reuse their efforts across multiple systems.

  • Change management can be very effective when tracking down issues with system performance. The ability to display the indexes, tables, and procedures that have been changed can help identify the quickest path to restoring an ailing system to its previous state.

  • Database efficiency can be maximized by the use of an IDE that allows developers to import and export data, perform object searches, and manage multiple-platforms from a unified interface. One again, productivity is enhanced by eliminating the need to navigate different tools to work with the different database platforms a team supports.

Choosing the Right IDE for Your Needs

There are many options available when searching for software solutions. You need to make sure that the tools chosen for your team provide the necessary functionality to address the issues that spurred the search in the first place. If your organization supports multiple database platforms, Aqua Data Studio may be just the right tool for your team.

The application supports over 30 different database platforms ranging from SQL Server to MongoDB. It offers all of the benefits we have described as well as providing additional features like the ability to analyze data and create visualizations. It’s a tool that raises team productivity and reduces the cost of providing multiple solutions to handle your diverse database environment. That sounds like a win-win to me!

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