Why You Need A Database
A Database will help you store, retrieve and analyse your data much more efficiently. An Excel Spreadsheet may help you manage a small amount of data but as your data grows, you will end up with unwieldy spreadsheets that are a pain to work with. A database makes performing logical and arithmetic calculations on your data much faster and efficient. You will be able to create reports that may not be possible if you are working manually or using Excel Spreadsheets.
Benefits of having a Database:
- Create, retrieve, analyse and delete data relatively rapidly. No more searching information in folders and leaflets. You can just ask it questions and it will respond.
- Easily scalable: Databases will continue to function well as your data grows. So you can store very large data sets.
- Easier to secure your data. You can define different privileges for your users. This way you can ensure that some data are only accessed by people who are authorised to access the data. Other users may only see but not alter data, for instance.
- You will be able to create much more consistent and meaningful reports from your data.
- Your users can use it at the same time. This is because databases allow multiple connections.
- You will avoid duplicating data by storing a given type of information only once.
Database For You
You do not have to be a large organisation to enjoy the benefits of a Database. You may be Library, a School, a College, a Club, Church or a Lodge. As long as you have reached a point where managing your data has become tedious, error-prone and time-consuming to manage, you may benefit from the goodness of using a Database. Take a look at a Database we created for Zambian Secondary Schools.