Digital Transformation Consultancy
We specialize in creating bespoke databases that drive business efficiency, help you see operational trends and grow your business.
How we can help you
The very first thing we’ll do is find out what it is you actually need, in precise detail. That analysis has to do with who within your business uses your database, and what they use it for. It’s also important to know what IT hardware you make use of, how often data gets amended and updated, which groups of users need what levels of access, and to have credible estimates of the likely increase in your database size and the number of users in the next few years. With a firm handle on that knowledge, we can make robust recommendations about a bespoke database solution.
Based on the conclusions of our series of conversations and the detailed analysis that follows, we will make specific recommendations accordingly, in line with these categories:
- Local databases.
- Cloud database.
- Local databases synchronized/replicated with a central database.
- Multi-tenanted databases
e.g. For a partnership where each member has the same functionality, interface, and methodology.
Here are some of the databases that we can create for our clients:
- Remote (cloud) databases
- Local databases
- Local databases synchronized/replicated with central database systems
- Multi-tenanted databases, for example an individual database for each “member” in a consortium, sharing the same user interface, functionality and business logic
Furthermore, for clients who have a database that isn’t performing as it should – either due to poor quality software, an unfinished software project, or the developer you were working with having moved on – we can help to fine-tune it.
All the databases we create enable you to carry out real-time reporting and data analysis simply and quickly – so our clients can get on with their jobs instead of having to spend hours trying to extract meaningful information.
To see how we can use your database to build front-end applications, take a look at our Business Applications page.
Advantages of bespoke database software systems
Taking on a large project may seem daunting but when you choose a bespoke database system that is unique to your business the possibilities are endless. The initial outlay can pay for itself quickly and there are huge benefits to owning your own software.
1. Exclusive to your business
Going custom made will ensure that the database will do precisely what your business needs it to do. In addition, it will set you apart from competitors. You don’t pay for features that you will never use plus you have ongoing support and maintenance from your developers.
As your business grows, it’s inevitable that changes and adaptations will be needed. These can be made more easily with your own custom software as opposed to a one size fits all off the shelf system. A bespoke database can be flexible and manage increased workloads and changes to processes easily.
Our technology of choice is Microsoft SQL Server, including extensive use of the core Database Engine, Integration, Analysis and Reporting services. For big-data scenarios we also use the NoSQL database engine, MongoDB. SQL Server is recognized as the de facto in modern industry and allows for secure, stable, scalable and fast storage and retrieval of data for any scenario. We can also work with MySQL and Oracle, if preferred.
At the front end, we use primarily browser based technology such as HTML5, served by .NET Core and C# programming. We also create WPF desktop and mobile applications.
Another major benefit of choosing custom software is that it is more difficult for hackers to attack. Hackers unfortunately, are already more than familiar with any vulnerabilities of the off-the-shelf systems. With a system that is unique to your business and only accessible to your employees, you are keeping security risks to a minimum.
5. Data Migration
One issue we have often provided solutions for is making the content of a legacy database system available, usually more freely than it was before. That expertise involves synchronizing the existing database with a new home – we are very familiar with the technical intricacies of such operations and respectful of the considerable complexity involved.