The answer to the question, “What is database development?” is not necessarily an easy one. A database, put simply, is a computerized and intelligent storage of any type of information, such as communications, transactions, records, reports, documents, etc. Every business or organization now uses databases, which have virtually replaced paper files of all types. This allows not only a huge reduction of paper but a highly organized method of information and data storage that can be retrieved easily and upon demand. Because database development can be a highly complex task, requiring expert database developers, the generic “off the shelf” database software does not provide the appropriate solutions for most enterprises. Unique organizations require the customized database development solutions that the experts at SoftGroup can provide.
Excellent development database solutions can be provided only by specific, sequential steps:
- First, a thorough consultation with a client must occur. The client (beneficiary) may not understand the technology behind database development, but he does fully understand his needs for information and data storage and the need for varied retrieval tools. She also needs to be able to use the application development database solutions appropriately and effectively. Data, to be usable, must often be manipulated in many ways, and only expert software engineers can take those needs and translate them into database design and development that works for the lay person
- The second step is the actual development of database solutions. This involves solutions that allow the manipulation of content as deemed necessary. Query tools are imbedded that allow retrieval of the content in specifically defined ways. For example, an international retailer will need content organized by customers with specific purposes. Financial data must be tracked; data relative to marketing effectiveness must be gathered and analyzed.
- The application development database tools that are designed must be user-friendly, so that members of the organization are able to quickly acquire the ability to access, retrieve, and manipulate the information.
- The solutions must be tested in the work environment and revised and tweaked as necessary, for optimum usability.
Oracle is the leader in relationship database systems, because it can be used with Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, and Unis platforms. Further, Microsoft SQL database development allows for significant integration with Oracle systems and for superior media format. For this reason, SQL server database development, integrated with Oracle, provides the greatest flexibility in database development and it is the choice of SoftGroup for any organization, small to large. These databases are adroitly designed, easily maintained, tweaked, and enhanced, and give fast performance, reliability and easy user interfaces. LAMP applications, moreover, are all compatible, giving a huge variety of client options.
SoftGroup services include thorough consulting, design and development, migration, maintenance, repair and recovery, and integration. It has a solid and successful history of database development for virtually every type of business and organizational venue. We are happy to provide our case studies to any potential client and encourage you to contact us today!