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Posted by Ed Morley - 18 October, 2018

Think Beyond Columns and Rows when Choosing The Right Database System for Small Business

Every business has to not only make use of data but also maximize its potential by storing it correctly in a database. Whether it is an extensive product inventory or a simple mailing list, you would like to optimize the data for which you should know the ways of selecting the right database. Not the database alone but also the database software is equally important because the software helps to maximize data usage. 

With so many different types of database management systems available in the market and options that go beyond the traditional practices, making a decision on what is best for your business's growth can be tough.

Thankfully, will walk you through the fundamentals of database management systems so that you can judge the selection on your own. And hopefully avoid a situation like this:

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Doing it right the first time

Every system has its own advantages and disadvantages but to ensure that it meets the needs of your business, at the least, you should choose a system that is reliable and receives excellent support, updated frequently and offers customization tools. It is better to devote time to selection because not doing it right the first time could prove very expensive regarding both money and time.

Types of database systems

You can choose database systems based on the number of users and its hosting determined by the hardware that denotes its location.

  •  Desktop 
    This is the simplest form of database and apparently of the lowest price meant for single users and installed on personal computers or desktops. Although this option is the cheapest, it is also the riskiest. This type of database is commonly is a common victim of crashes, damage, or theft.

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  •  Server 
    This type of database system hosted on a server is suitable for several users and is ideal for organizing large data simultaneously. Such databases like MySQL, Oracle and Microsoft SQL server are pretty expensive.

  •  Web Enabled 
    This is a much more affordable option than a server as most database applications have a desktop platform coupled with web integration like the Microsoft Access.

Think about how you will use the data

The type of database system (software) would depend on the business size; budget and what would be the purpose of using the database. After creating a strategic plan, that illustrates the scope of the software focus on all types of needs that your business has to decide whether you need a custom built software or a readymade one.

Focus on data protection

Although the security options come along with the software, you must take extraordinary measures to enhance the level of data protection. Think about data encryption so that the data becomes unrecognizable to unauthorized persons and only the authorized persons can unscramble by using the description key.

Learn the terminology

Get familiar with the terminology of databases so that you are comfortable in using it. The general knowledge will help better understanding of the system.

It is a pure business decision that you have to take by considering your business needs so that you can choose the database system that benefits you in the long run.

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