Efficient data management can be vital to success of any business. Even something as simple as a customer mailing list needs to be managed appropriately if you want it to remain up to date and accurate. Tools or applications such as databases can make these tasks easier and more efficient.
The database is one of the cornerstones of information technology, and its ability to organise, process and manage information in a structured and controlled manner is key to many aspects of modern business efficiency.
This guide explains what is a database and describes the various types of database systems available. It defines some common database uses in small business, and compares manual filing systems to computerised databases.