Navicat Enables DBAs to Adopt Modern Platforms and Practices

Database administration is a tried and true IT discipline with well-defined best practices and procedures for ensuring effective, efficient database systems and applications. Of course, as with every discipline, best practices must constantly be honed and improved. This can take on many forms. Sometimes it means automating a heretofore manual process. Sometimes it means adapting to new and changing database system capabilities. And it can also mean changing to support new platforms and methods of implementation.

To be efficient, effective, and up-to-date on industry best practices, your DBA team should be incorporating all of these types of changes. Fortunately, there are tools that can help, such as Navicat Premium which can be used to integrate all of these forms of changes into your database environment.

What is Navicat Premium? Well, it is a data management tool that supports and automates a myriad of DBA tasks from database design through development and implementation. Additionally, it supports a wide range of different database management systems, including MariaDB, Microsoft SQL Server, MongoDB, MySQL, Oracle Database, PostgreSQL, SQLite and multiple cloud offerings (including Amazon, Oracle, Microsoft, Oracle, Google, Alibaba, Tencent, MongoDB Atlas and Huawei).

The automation of the DBA tasks using Navicat reduce the amount of time, effort, and human error involved in implementing and maintaining efficient database systems. And for organizations that rely on multiple database platforms – which is most of them these days – Navicat helps not only with automation, but with a consistent interface and methodology across the different database technologies you use.

Navicat can also assist DBAs as their organizations adapt to new capabilities and new platforms. For example, cloud computing.

Although Navicat Premium is typically installed on your desktop, it connects not only to on-premises databases, but also cloud databases such as Amazon RDS, Amazon Aurora, and Amazon Redshift. Amazon removes the need to set up, operate, and scale a relational database, allowing you to focus on the database design and management. Together with an Amazon instance, Navicat Premium can help your DBAs to deliver a high-quality end-to-end database environment for your business applications.

Let’s face it, you probably have a complex data architecture with multiple databases on premises, as well as multiple different databases in the cloud. And almost certainly you are using more than one flavor of DBMS. Without a means to simplify your administrative tasks things are going to fall through the cracks, or even worse, be performed improperly. Using Navicat Premium your DBA team will have an intuitive GUI to manipulate and manage all of your database instances – on premises and in the cloud with a set of comprehensive features for database development and maintenance

You can navigate the tree of database structures just like for on premises data. And then connect to the database in the cloud to access and manage it, as we see here for “Amazon Aurora for MySQL connection”:

navicat_cloud_connection

Perhaps one of the more vexing issues with cloud database administration is data movement. Navicat Premium provides a Data Transfer feature that automates the movement of data across database platforms – local to local, local to cloud, or to an SQL file.

Another important consideration is the ability to collaborate with other team members, especially for organizations with remote work teams. The Navicat Cloud options provides a central space for your team to collaborate on connection settings, queries and models. Multiple co-workers can contribute to any project, creating and modifying work as needed. All changes are synced automatically, giving all team members the latest information.

For example, here we see the Navicat Cloud Navigation pane:

navicat_cloud_navigationpane

Another reality of modern computing is that a lot of work is done on mobile devices, such as phones and tablets. DBA work is no longer always conducted on a laptop or directly on the database server. Being able to perform database administration tasks from mobile devices enables DBAs to react quickly, wherever they are whenever their help is needed. You can run Navicat on iOS to enable your mobile workforce to use the devices they always have with them.

When migrating from the large screen common on PCs and laptops, to the smaller screen, common on mobile phones and tablets, you do not want the same layout because it can be difficult to navigate on the smaller devices. Users want the interface to conform to the device, and that is what you get with Navicat iOS.

Let’s look at some examples. Here we see a data grid view for a MySQL table as it would look on an iPhone and an iPad:

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But you may want to design databases from your mobile device. That is possible with Navicat iOS… here we see the Object Designer interface on the iPhone and iPad:

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Another common task is building SQL queries, which is also configured appropriately for the mobile experience, as shown here:

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Adapting to mobile technologies is important because, mobile workers are here to stay. And we need to be ready to support them with robust software designed to operate properly in a mobile, modern workforce.

The Bottom Line

We must always be adapting to new and changing requirements by adopting tools and methodologies that not only automate tasks, but also incorporate new and modern capabilities. Take a look at what Navicat can do to help you accomplish these goals.

About craig@craigsmullins.com

I'm a strategist, researcher, and consultant with nearly three decades of experience in all facets of database systems development.
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