What is a professionally developed database like?
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.
Professionally 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 (such as
vendor payments are made twice a month only) and your way of doing business.
This comes from exacting interviews, analyses, and reviews with the customer
personnel. They are based on sound data management and sound business
Professionally developed databases incorporate the latest computer and
software technology. They facilitate the use of databases on the Internet or
on an intranet. They can also incorporate saving data in the HTML format and
using Access with other programs.
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 items that you have for sale. Both you and your
customers will save a great deal 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.