Database software is a computer program intended to create and manipulate databases. Such a program employs a standardized method of collecting, organizing, capturing, and performing queries to manage data. It captures incoming data, catalogues it, and then provides users with effective methods for data manipulation and extraction.
Database is an organized collection of information that can be stored and presented as a set of text files, spreadsheets, graphs, or many other forms. An example of database can be a simple electronic address book in which information (names, addresses, numbers, emails, etc.) is presented as a spreadsheet.
Every kind of database can be described by its schema which represents the tables, fields and their relationships, indexes, functions, and other elements of the database. Database schema can contain unstructured or structured information, and this differentiation defines rational and non-rational types of database.
Databases are widely used in business to keep and manage business information. For example, all information on business contacts and clients can be organized into a customer database in which salespeople can create client profiles, view contacts, make records, track orders, and do other manipulations.
Database software programs can be of several types including Desktop, Server, and Web-enabled. Desktop solutions are simple and designed for single users to run on desktop or PC. Server solutions let create and manage multi-user databases for organizing and updating large amounts of information in client-server environments. Web-enabled solutions provide a database management platform that supports Web integration and lets desktop users access and manage databases over Internet browsers.
The main idea behind any type of computer database software is to organize and manage information so that users can easily access and manipulate it. Such software performs minimal mathematical operations, maintains data integrity, and provides information immediately on demand and in the form desired by users (e.g. Microsoft Access alternative, IBM DB2, Oracle Database).
An organization that needs to create a business database and decides on one or another dedicated program will gain a number of benefits, including:
Database customization means consolidating all company information in one database that can be configured and tailored according to the business needs and for easier, cheaper and more convenient data analysis, retrieval and reporting. It enables you to write specific business rules, create custom entities and tables, and add workflows to develop a cost-effective tailored solution that streamlines your business and improve personnel productivity.
The greatest advantage is that your database is designed and developed to your specifications. It works fine within your business environment and represents the best opportunity for your company to automate and become more efficient. The number of business functions and processes that can be improved is limited by your imagination only.
For example, custom database software enables you to design and configure the following business solutions tailored to your specific needs:
Database software is a great way for employees to access and use business information kept in one centralized database. In this regard, business data security is an extremely in-depth topic that relates to database protection, user access, and permission controls. Here are a few best practices to help you address this issue:
CentriQS is a database software program designed to store, organize, and manage business information. By means of CentriQS you can create a database and keep there all of your business data. This server-type software features advanced configuration capabilities that let you achieve customization and other benefits.
In particular, you can create custom entities in your database and specify their properties, workflows, tables. Custom entities will help you model your business objects (equipment, personnel, orders, clients, etc.) and processes (prospecting, accounting, recruiting, etc.). CentriQS ensures business data security - this capability allows you to make manual/automatic backups, keep your database up-to-date, set user permissions, avoid use of any 3rd-party apps, etc.