Benefits of databases

How to choose a database supplier


For many businesses, a relational database management system (RDBMS) can be a large investment. For that reason, it is important to choose your database supplier carefully - the wrong one could be very expensive and might even put your business at risk.

Questions to ask potential database suppliers

Before implementing a solution based on RDBMS technology, you might find it useful to ask any potential suppliers these nine key questions:

  • How long has the supplier been established?
  • What are the specific costs associated with its product - ie is there a one-off purchase price, an annual renewable licence, a charge per user, etc?
  • How much is charged for technical support?
  • Does the supplier provide consultancy and, if so, at what rates?
  • Is the system scalable? If you suddenly increase your product line by 200 per cent could the system grow automatically to cope with the expansion?
  • Can the supplier recommend any third-party developers that make use of their RDBMS?
  • Is there an active independent user group?
  • Can the supplier provide references for businesses in your industry sector using their software?
  • Does the supplier offer training in the RDBMS and, if so, at what typical cost?