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Datical is Now Liquibase; Company Returns to its Open Source Roots with Support from its Community
Datical, the leading provider of database release automation solutions, today announced that it has rebranded and will be conducting operations under the name Liquibase. The evolution of Datical to Liquibase follows the company's return to its open source roots, aligning its efforts to build the best solutions to solve tough database challenges. In conjunction with today's announcement, Liquibase is also unveiling a new and updated product portfolio; Dion Cornett as CEO; Todd Barr, CMO of Gitlab, to Liquibase's board of directors; and expanded resources for Liquibase community members, including a streamlined process and new tooling to make it easier for everyone to contribute code. 

"Our name change reflects a fundamental pivot in building value for our customers, partners, and communities," said Dion Cornett, CEO and president at Liquibase. "We believe in open source collaboration and are realigning our product development efforts around community-driven innovation. This means being both a good steward of our community and a trusted enterprise vendor. Our customers and community are already benefiting from a broader array of supported databases, enhanced ease of use, and faster time to value across a more flexible range of solutions."

Datical is Now Liquibase

Liquibase is an open source project that was created to solve the problems associated with manually updating database schemas. Datical acquired Liquibase by bringing on the project owner in 2012, and will operate under the name Liquibase moving forward. 

With over 15 million downloads, Liquibase is powered by rapid open source innovation and a vibrant user community. The company's mission is to take the best of its community's contributions and work on integrating, testing, hardening, and supporting them. Liquibase offers Liquibase Community for free as a way to give back and encourage its open source community to explore database schema change management and drive innovation. Contributions from the Liquibase community have created a trusted foundation for the portfolio of products detailed below.

New, Updated Product Portfolio Fuels Innovation

The Liquibase product portfolio is designed with speed, agility, and confidence in mind. From solo developers and small teams, all the way to large enterprises, its solutions accelerate developer workflows and facilitate team collaboration. The new Liquibase product portfolio consists of: 

  • Liquibase Enterprise (formerly Datical DB) helps enterprises and businesses in regulated industries conduct fast, safe database deployments that make it easy to enforce governance and stay compliant.
  • Liquibase Business provides enhanced visibility into all code changes across the pipeline to improve team workflows and maximize business impact. 
  • Liquibase Pro empowers developers with advanced features for database schema changes, allowing them to evolve their database quickly and reliably. 
  • Liquibase Community is a free offering that lets developers explore and get familiar with database schema change management and bringing the database under version control.

"Even as DevOps has dramatically transformed the process of application development and accelerated time to market, too often those responsible for database management are stuck with important but tedious tasks like the manual update of schemas. This has created a market opportunity to automate the process, so that database code can be treated like application code, improving the overall velocity of delivery," said Stephen O'Grady, principal analyst with RedMonk. "This opportunity is, in essence, what Liquibase was built for." 

Liquibase Welcomes New CEO and New Board Member

Dion Cornett has been appointed to serve as CEO of Liquibase, where he formerly held the title of president. Cornett has nearly two decades of experience working in open source software, and previously served as the CEO of ReachForce. Prior to that, he held leadership roles at Red Hat and MariaDB. He is especially passionate about empowering the Liquibase open source community through products and resources that facilitate innovation, collaboration, and learning. The company's former CEO, Derek Hutson, will remain an advisor to Liquibase. 

Todd Barr, CMO at Gitlab, will serve as Liquibase's newest board member. Barr has a keen focus on driving value through the commercialization of open source software. Prior to his role at Gitlab, he held various marketing titles at Red Hat, Ansible, and Alfresco, among others. 

"While the DevOps tool landscape has exploded in recent years, bringing DevOps practices all the way to the database has been a challenge," said Todd Barr, CMO at Gitlab. "Liquibase's ability to equip developers and teams to make fast database changes is going to help companies innovate faster and bring new features to market. I'm excited to serve on the Liquibase board and to see how contributions from the thriving open source community will guide future product development and customer value."

Published Tuesday, May 19, 2020 12:37 PM by David Marshall
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