Bespoke Database Development

Enterprises have worked with us to develop bespoke database systems to support business-critical applications and processes
Bespoke Database Design Services
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Database Design Systems

Why build a bespoke database system?

The short answer is because most of the time off-the-shelf solutions don’t solve the problems a company is trying to solve. Ready-made solutions have the advantage of being cheaper to implement, but many organisations end up paying exorbitant costs in the long run by moulding internal processes and sometimes critical decisions to fit the software limitations instead of implementing adequate solutions to tackle specific challenges.

Despite being sometimes a challenging undertaking, developing a bespoke database system not only makes business sense to a lot of organisations, but it becomes an imperative as soon as organisations can’t run their operations as well as they should or when they need to, and they start losing the competitive edge.

Depending on the industry, the details and constraints of the project and the number of features, things can quickly go from moderately difficult to extremely complicated. Another common challenge with bespoke solutions is to estimate a realistic timeframe for delivery, especially when key details cannot be reliably defined until later on, after the work has commenced. Specific and stricter regulations exist for the financial industry, for example, and the size a company also matters because larger companies tend to use a larger number of internally and externally built services and products and they often wish to integrate them with the new database solution being developed.

We can confidently say that we have the experience and skills to expertly mitigate these challenges and build the solution you need.

What types of databases can you build?

We have never had a project coming our way that we couldn’t deliver, so we’re fairly confident in saying that we can build pretty much anything a customer requires in terms of databases development. We do, however, excel at certain (relational) database management systems: Oracle RDBMS, MySQL and PostgreSQL, followed by SQLite and MariaDB, among others. We don’t shy away from NoSQL databases like Elasticsearch, MongoDB, Redis, CouchDB and Cassandra either, in fact we invest quite a bit in keeping up to date with the latest technologies.

Whether you need to build a search engine, a versatile CRM with non-traditional requirements or data warehouses for analytical reporting with both structured and ad hoc queries, we are here to consult, guide or develop the solution to suit your needs.

What makes a good database system?

Ten years ago we would have said that reliability, non-replicability and performance are the most important considerations when it comes to databases. You want the information to be accurate, as inconsistencies are bound to waste everyone’s resources, whatever those may be. You also want the database to easily manipulate and retrieve the stored information without replicating it. And because databases can grow to become enormous data silos – redundant data will translate into costly services soon enough – database performance was always a must.

Things have dramatically changed since then, once cloud computing became the default hosting environment and companies no longer had to store data locally. Whilst the cost to store large databases has now become trivial, the sheer amount of connections was something unseen until recently and concurrent calls from millions of users provided whole new challenges to websites like Amazon and eBay.

Security is an entirely different game as well, with much better standards but more complex requirements and new types of situations, even more so in the context of storing and retrieving the data remotely. The consequences now for inadequate security can be dire.

And since a growing number of enterprises nowadays don’t actually offer the databases themselves, but provide access to their data either directly or through 3rd party services, system integration and interoperability is more than a “good to have” feature, it’s quickly becoming the de facto standard.

So whilst the considerations from a decade ago haven’t actually become redundant, technology and the internet have evolved so much that new challenges and standards have emerged, adding to existing ones.

To conclude, a good database system should into consideration at least some of the following:

  • data reliability and accuracy
  • data manipulation and reporting
  • performance
  • security
  • system integration and interoperability

Who needs database design and development?

Customers from all industries may eventually need database design and development services, but most often they come from industries where the management of stock requires a bespoke approach, a complex taxonomisation of items is necessary or the workforce management calls for better efficiency.

It’s not a rare occurence for human resources departments or charities to start off with a simple spreadsheet when the organisation is small and eventually grow to the point where a better, more agile system needs to be put in place in order to run their services (and books) efficiently and with fewer errors, as well as reducing the admin costs. CRMs are the way to go in many cases, but nothing surpasses a bespoke datatase system, purposefully designed and built to perform a job (or a number of jobs) as lean and correct as possible.

Whether it’s keeping track of contributions, members or volunteers attendance, item inventory and classifications, custom databases can be the best – and sometimes the only right – answer to such challenges.

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Whether you are kicking tyres or itching to get going we would be delighted to discuss your project with you.
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We've worked with

  • jp morgan
  • resolution foundation