In the simplest terms, a database is an organised collection of information. In itself, if might not seem so different to having thousands of printed pages in a filing cabinet.
The difference is, with a correctly-organised database, a lot more information can be accessed and produced. For example, if you had a filing cabinet full of invoices you have sent out, you can have them organised by customer or by date - but not by both. A database can organise your information in any way - by date, by customer, by purchased item; almost anything you can think of.
Even more, a database can be used to easily obtain aggregate and calculated functions - if you wanted to know how many invoices last year contained a particular purchase, and what the average number of units purchased on those invoice was, this can be done in seconds on a database - think how long that would take in a filing cabinet.
Of course, almost nobody using filing cabinets as a database nowadays - however, many small businesses still use a spreadsheet (or even a text file) to hold important information. Although far better than a physical filing cabinet, they lack the abilities that a database have, and quickly get unwieldly as the number of items increase.
Whatever your requirements, we can design, develop and implement a database solution to match your needs. Our database experts have many years of database experience and with many database types, from Microsoft Access™ and FileMaker to Microsoft SQL Server™.
As every development is unique, each is quoted for on an individual basis. Please contact us to arrange for one of our experts to discuss your requirements, prior to producing a quotation for the work.