A database can be defined as an organized collection of data for one or more users. They basically consists of software-based “ containers” that are structured so as to collect and store information that users can later on retrieve, update or even remove in an automatic fashion. Database programs are especially designed for users so that they are able to add or delete information. This structured system for collecting, retrieving and displaying information includes records for each entry and fields within each record to define information, such as names, addresses and others. The vast majority of systems are structured on SQL, namely Structured Query Language, which is a programming language that is used in order to create relational databases. The main use of a database is to automate and simplify business functions. The size and the complexity of a platform depends on your present and future needs. There are many aspects to take into consideration in the process of database software development.
First of all, you have to take into account the number of people that will be using the software. Do you have a multi-enterprise program, such as banking, or do you have a simple pro shop with only one user? In order to find an effective solution these aspects need to be taken into consideration. You are not going to use an Oracle database for a small store or MS Access for a large bank chain. Your decision should be based on the needs or your business, rather than on the familiarity with the platform that the program is developed in. Another point that is worth mentioning is the fact that even if you do start with a single user, chances are that your business will grow in the future and you should expect others to need access to data. Depending on your initial budget you can start with a small database and upgrade down the road.
Although there are several systems from which you can choose, only two stand out: SQL and MS Access. As mentioned before, most databases are structured on SQL, which is good for medium sized applications. When the client asks for information, the server immediately processes it and sends back the results. On the other hand, Microsoft Access is good for small applications, namely if you have maximum 2000 customers. If you have several offices in different locations, the system will not perform very well. SQL Server and MS Access developers are able to tell you better which are the main advantages and disadvantages of each of them.
To conclude, you should take time to research all your options. While this task can be overwhelming and time-consuming, getting a platform to work if it does not meet your current needs will take an even greater amount of time. The best course of action is to contact a good team of developers and get to know what challenges lie ahead for you. They can suggest which option will work more efficiently and will help you meet your project timelines.