BPSOKE Software - Database adminstrator taking care of a company database for a custom software project

When you are investing in your company database, there are certain things you need to keep in mind. Before investing, you’ll need to think of various factors to ensure it’s a useful addition to your current software/solutions. In this blog post, we’re going to share various top tips to consider before investing in a company database.

Security

One of the top reasons for investing in a company database in the first place is for security. The database won’t be an effective tool for your business if it’s not secure. So, ensure that you are using reliable encryption features when putting together a company database. When working with our team, we ensure the personal information/sensitive data is stored and kept safe at all times. You’ll find that some products naturally come with excellent security. But you may want to work with our team to add additional features that will further improve the security of the stored data, including a custom software system. (And other personal or perhaps sensitive information.)

The type of data

The data type that you are planning to store in a database will have the biggest impact on the type of database you need. Our team will start by discussing what you are planning to store. From there, we can put together a plan in regards to the cost and performance of the database. We’ll also discuss how much data you’ll need to store. Alongside, ensuring there’s enough room to scale the database should your business expand in the upcoming months or years. If you are just adding basic customer data or product data into a database, this will be a lot more simple to create than a database that stores confidential information. This also includes images or videos.

How big is your company database?

One area that greatly impacts the time it takes to create your database is the size of the data. Expectedly, this also impacts the budget. So, if planning to store videos or images, a larger database is likely needed. Alternatively, storing basic customer information does not require as large a company database. (Company data may include personal names, addresses, phone numbers, etc.) We’ll work with you to ensure that you choose the right database for your needs and that it will grow with your business in the future. We’ll also ensure that the performance of the database will be excellent regardless of its size, so you won’t have any issues when you start adding data.

Connectivity

Do you need your new database to connect with your CRM or another application you use on a daily basis? It’s important you bring this up as soon as possible in the development process so that we can ensure your database will read and write the data that’s added to it without any issues. When you are creating a custom database for your company, you’ll have the option to make it interact with almost any other piece of software. This is one of the great benefits of working with our team to create a custom database that will serve your business for many years to come.

Budget

Your budget will have a huge impact on the success of the development project, but the good news is that creating a company database might be much more affordable than you could imagine. Even if you need a large database with high security, you’ll find this solution to be well worth the investment in the long run. We encourage you to think about how many years you expect to use this database in advance and then think about how much you are willing to invest in the project. Keep in mind that this database will likely improve your business in many ways, so it’s well worth taking the time and effort to invest in this now instead of delaying the project too long.

When do you need the company database created?

Do you have an upcoming product launch that requires the database to be completed by a certain date? If that’s the case, you’ll want to bring this up during your initial discussion with our team. The speed at which we can create your new database will be dependent on many factors. For example, this includes the size and the amount of data you intend to store. You’ll want to be realistic about the timeframe for your database, as it won’t be able to be created overnight. (If it contains thousands of pieces of data.) Our team will do everything we can to help you with this project and work with your timeframe. Creating a database that will be a valuable resource for many years to come.

Who will have access to your company database?

BSPOKE Software encourage you to think about the security of the database during the development process. Particularly, who in your company will have access to it. Often, this is overlooked. However, no longer. Some companies create databases with customer information that their whole team can access. However, if you have confidential information inside of the database, think twice before allowing all employees access. Password protect your database and only allow access to those employees who need the data to complete their work. Security first, always.

There are several factors to consider when investing in a company database.Ensure you take the time to think about all of these areas before getting in touch with our team. If you are unsure about anything to do with your database, we’ll be happy to guide you in the right direction. We ensure that you create a database that will be a valuable resource and storage solution for your company. Contact us today to discuss your options for creating a database or to ask any questions you might have about this type of project. Many of our software project have an underlying central database, check out our case studies.