Have you ever wondered why it takes so long to find information or why you can’t find the information you entered in a database?. If the answer to this is yes, you are probably using a flat-file. You should probably talk with management and get an upgrade. And by an upgrade, I mean to a relational database such as MySQL, IBM, and PostgreSQL. But before you do that, you need to understand what a Relational database is and it’s benefits.
What is a Relational Database?
A Relational Database is a system that allows you to find information quickly. Unlike flat files that are inefficient and store more information than they should, making the process tedious for the user. The Relational database “uses the relationship of similar data to increase the speed and versatility of the database.”
4 Advantages of Relational databases
In this digital era, marketers and businesses should have websites. Websites are just as important as building a personal brand; in fact, they are a part of your brand. A relational database can bring together tables covering different aspects of your website, and this could include purchases and product offers. With this technology, you can quickly create personalized pages for the customer.
As the company grows, the more data it gets. Relational databases provide flexible structures designed to meet the company’s changing requirements and the increasing amount of data. Its flexibility allows you to easily and quickly add or modify information, which will enable you to meet business requirements.
Storage is efficient, and data is only stored once, as mentioned above, it’s also simple to modify and delete information. When you make a change, any records that link to the entry will show.
What most employers worry about is a security breach, this would cost them millions and sometimes billions of dollars to fix. We have all heard of security breaches that led to lawsuits costing companies millions of dollars. The relational database can be a privilege; the administrator can choose who can have access to the system. Some databases like Oracle are more advanced and allow the user to lock the system, limiting users and applications from accessing the system while it is updating.
Deciding what database to use for your business is not an easy task, especially for a beginner. There are many options to choose from and, of course, do your research. Several things that can guide your decision are security, storage, flexibility, scalability, the company’s performance, data accuracy requirements, and reliability.