With Dave Nolan (@davenolan, Lonely Planet) and Pete Sinden (Dr Foster Intelligence)
Hosted by SkillsMatter: http://skillsmatter.com/podcast/agile-testing/continuous-delivery-with-etl-systems
Continuous Delivery and Agile methodologies tend to focus on product value which manifests itself in discrete end-user features. However, for data-heavy software applications - such as those using ETL (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Extract,_transform,_load) - functionality value is typically bound up with delivering a large data set against which the application can operate.
Lonely Planet and Dr Foster Intelligence both make heavy use of ETL in their products, and both organisations have applied the principles of Continuous Delivery to their delivery process.
Some of the Continuous Delivery norms need to be adapted in the context of ETL, and some interesting patterns emerge, such as running Continuous Integration against data, as well as code.
About Lonely Planet (http://www.lonelyplanet.biz/about.php): When people think about travel and adventure, they think about Lonely Planet; from Argentina to Zimbabwe, Lonely Planet has unmatched coverage for thousands of places around the world. Lonely Planet helps hundreds of the world’s leading brands develop innovative content and marketing solutions that deliver results, drive customer loyalty and put their brand front and centre in the travel space.
About Dr Foster Intelligence (http://drfosterintelligence.co.uk/): Dr Foster exists to make healthcare data better and help healthcare organisations improve the quality of care. They are the leading provider of healthcare information and benchmarking solutions in England – and increasingly, worldwide. They enable healthcare organisations to benchmark and monitor performance against key indicators of quality and efficiency.