WHY DOES MY COMPANY NEED A DATABASE?
well-designed database is a powerful tool for improving
your business by providing required information at fingertips.
A database is increasingly becoming an essential tool for
doing business as it provides an efficient means of data
flow between various personnel and departments. Here are
some indicators that a database could be very beneficial.
If you do a lot of repetitive data-related tasks. If you
keep gathering up the same data over and over. If you have
one or more customers (or part numbers, delivery dates,
whatever) to keep track manually. Being able to have correct,
current customer (part number, schedule, whatever) information
right at your fingertips is very important to your ultimate
business success. If you have to keep reviewing the same
data but in different sequences or order each time.
IS THE COST OF A DATABASE?
comparison to the great waste of money involved in filing
and searching information manually, it is very cost effective
to use database to store all the information. The actual
cost would depend on the size and complexity of the required
database, just as there are many used cars out there that
range from free to very expensive depending on the make
and model. It all depends on what would be the best.
WHY NOT DO IT YOURSELF?
That is an excellent question. Some people do build their
own databases. If the database program you need is fairly
basic, you could tackle it yourself. You need to allow for
the learning time it takes for you to get up to speed in
learning database and programming on your own. How hard
can it be? Well, the answer depends on how professional
you would like the finished product to be, how much money
you're willing to spend, and how long you're willing to
wait. On the other hand, if your need is fairly complex,
you should consider getting professional help. Many projects
never do get finished, even after many hours are devoted
to them, because they were too much to tackle considering
the complexity and the skills needed.
SHOULD YOU BUY AN OFF-THE-SHELF DATABASE?
If an off-the-shelf program from a software store will meet
your database needs, then by all means, grab it off the
shelf. The cost of developing a program that has thousands
of users is spread out among those users and is low. The
cost of developing a database program for one small set
of users is higher per user, of course. Some things to consider
in this regard along with the purchase cost is the technical
support you anticipate from the developer and the training
cost for you and your employees. Are there classes for the
off-the-shelf program available locally and what do they
cost per attendee? If the off-the-shelf program will not
completely work for you, you need to look into creating
a database program that will meet all of your particular
ANY BETTER IDEA...?
What we recommend is that you focus on what YOU know BEST,
that is your business and WE will handle the technicalities
of building a good database. That's what our designers do
BEST. Working together, you'll have a better database, in
less time, at a lower cost.
WHAT HAPPENS TO YOUR EXISTING DATA?
If existing data format matches the designed database, your
existing data will be incorporated into your new database.
Either you or the developer's staff will input your existing
data. It needs to be collected carefully from the different
files that contain it. With a carefully staged project that
is tested and reviewed several times as it is developed,
the new database can be relied on by itself.
IS YOUR DATABASE APPROPRIATE FOR THE INTERNET?
One of the perfect uses for a database on the web is a product
catalog. In real time (no mail delay) it presents product
names, descriptions, prices, and other product information
for all your products that you have for sale. Both you and
your customers will save a lot of time using something like
this. Look at all the money saved that would formerly have
been used to print and mail out product lists and price
sheets. And it is cheap, easy, and very fast to make changes.
WHY YOU SHOULD CHOOSE PENTAPRO TECHNOLOGIES?
Because our design techniques are strikingly innovative
and effective. And, as importantly, we will work with you
to establish a budget before we begin your project and guarantee
that we'll stay within it. Professionally developed databases
are made consistent throughout. Once you know where something
is in one window, then you automatically know where to find
the same thing in any similar window. Similar things operate
in similar ways. In many other important ways the database
is very easy to use. Very little explanation is required
to use the database. Most things seem to be very easy to
find or figure out. And the different screens do very powerful
things for the user. Information is just a click away.
developed databases are created so that both the inexperienced
beginner and the advanced "power user" feel at home. The
beginner will be up and running fast and the power user
will appreciate the flexibility and speed. Professionally
developed databases incorporate your business rules and
your way of doing business. This comes from exacting interviews,
analyses, and reviews with the customer. They are based
on sound data management and sound business management.
developed databases incorporate the latest computer and
Technologies provides web site development in addition to
database development. This would provide consistent looking
databases and web based applications. This is especially
true when using inexpensive, off-the-shelf Microsoft products
such as Access and FrontPage in conjunction with MS Internet
Information Server. That will be our approach here.