Business Database Development
The meaning of “database” has evolved since the early 1970s but what it usually means now is not just the information (data) stored in a database but also includes the entire collection of user screen forms, reports and all the computer program code used to manage the information. The entire collection is also referred to as an “application” and so now computer programmers are more frequently called application developers.
Smaller applications are usually just fine with everything in just one database. That is, all the data, along with screen forms, reports, queries and program code contained in just one application or program. Microsoft Access is just one example of software that will handle many small business needs with just one such application.
But in the case of larger business needs, it’s common to split the application into two separate parts.
- One part for the screen forms, queries and program code, typically referred to as a "front-end".
- And a separate part just for the data, typically referred to as a "back-end".
- The advantages of separating a database into two parts, front-end and back-end:
- It's easier to make changes to the front-end while leaving the back-end data alone.
The front-end can be developed with lower cost software and operate on lower cost computers.
While the back-end can be developed with high-performance software and operate from one location on a high-performance computer.
Security is usually better and easier to manage with better back-end databases.
Data integrity is also usually better and easy to manage with better back-end databases.
A Client-Server method is more attainable, where multiple low cost computers can tap into the power and speed of a single high-performance computer.
Common front-end choices are Microsoft Access and website pages developed with Visual Studio.
Common back-end choices are Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft SQL Server Express (which is free), Oracle, MySQL and many others.
Developing a Custom Business Database:
Good planning and design is essential to develop an effective and user-friendly database.
We need a clear understanding of your requirements and your business processes. A requirements analysis will enable us to obtain a thorough and detailed understanding of your business needs and to translate the needs to an understandable plan. The plan can then be reviewed and accepted by the decision makers in your business.
This process could be as simple as a brief phone call with a few questions.
Or it could take much longer for a more complex application and in this case we would spend time interviewing one or more of the key people in your organization.
Good design is needed to deliver effective and user-friendly software.
This could be a brief period of an hour or two for simple needs. Or it could more complex, with full data structures, program flow and expected results.
The Construction Phase is the programming phase. During this phase, the products specified in the design specifications are developed and tested. The database is populated with test data, and any new hardware configurations are tested. Finally, the system is tested as a whole, and preparations are made for client acceptance testing.
We have decades of experience in Business Database Development, specializing in SQL Server, Microsoft Access, ASP.Net, HTML, and XML. If you need a database programmer of if we can help with your computer programming needs please call (760)330-1011 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.