Databases can benefit any business that needs to process large amounts of information. Many database products are actually tools that you can use to develop specific applications, such as:
- sales ordering systems
- ticket reservation systems
- inventory management
Database development tools
Unlike conventional programming languages, database development tools make maintaining and managing structured data files easier. They also impose strict design parameters on developers to ensure that data retains its integrity and accuracy.
For example, most database development systems operate on a commit basis. This means that any changes to data are made in such a way that the data will not be corrupted if the system fails. Similarly, professional database development tools allow multiple users to view and use data simultaneously, which greatly improves the efficiency of these systems.
Advantages of database development
The primary advantage of using a database development system is that you can tailor your applications to meet your precise requirements. This avoids accepting any compromises by using 'off-the-shelf' packages. Specifying your requirements is a specialist task, so you may need to consult a professional system developer. Read more about the benefits of database development.
Accessing and manipulating databases
Most modern database development systems use Structured Query Language (SQL) processing. This allows you to analyse the data and generate reports in a wide variety of different ways. You can use SQL to make specific enquiries of your data. You can then generate a report that shows a specific selection - eg all customers who have ordered products on a Friday afternoon in order to gauge the demand for weekend deliveries.
Read more about the SQL and other types of database system.
SQL requires expertise to be used effectively - you may need to consult a professional systems developer. Alternatively, the supplier of your database software may offer consultancy as an add-on. Find out how to choose a database supplier.