Improving business systems and processes by utilising technology can be one of the most effective ways to improve your businesses profitability. Investing in a database can help you increase staff productivity, streamline your operations and get the data you hold to provide detailed analysis of your sales, all of which can result in improved customer service.
Most firms do not have the skills in-house to design and build a database, so this task is often outsourced to consultants. When comparing database developers to hire, questions to ask include: will their software integrate well with your current systems, how long have they been in business, can they provide client testimonials, how much are support costs and can the database be scaled up as your company grows?
Acid Computer Services
Acid CS are a database development firm based in Manchester and their philosophy is based on providing technical advice of the highest quality. Acid CS ensure their staff stay at the forefront of the field of database development by dedicating staff time to learning about new technology, which ensures the clients can have the best possible solutions available.
Another key strength of this company is that they are not loyal to any one particular database technology, meaning they can opt for the best software for your business. Their last unique selling point is that they do not have a sales team. They are staffed exclusively by computer experts as they believe in providing customers with facts rather than relying on pushy sales techniques.
Linear Blue is a development company based in the South East which has twelve years of experience in the database development industry. One of the major selling points of this company is its wealth of experience across different industries. Indeed, it has worked with over six hundred clients from both the private and public sector.
Linear Blue's experience of working with large clients such as the National Health Service means it is able to work on large scale projects. A further strength of this company is that their developers are particularly active in the FileMaker community, making the company a popular choice for clients who want to use this particular technology.
For those companies for whom budget is a primary concern, there are database developers who focus on providing very competitive quotes for bespoke databases. Me-too.net is a company based in Leeds, but has clients all over the country. Their staff team has experience of working in various industries as well as computer programming, so they can really understand how a business works.
This means they can focus effectively on their key goal of saving your business money by increasing the efficiency of your processes. All this is done for the most competitive price possible, and even enquiring about a database before you are committed to the project will entitle you to a five per cent discount should you choose this company for the final product. They also offer services beyond database design, such as systems integration, meaning this can be factored into one quote alongside the database design and creation.
Perrins are a firm with particular expertise in designing databases that are compatible with Mac operating systems, and of linking their systems to applications which can run on mobile platforms such as the iPhone or ipad, as well as Blackberries or Android phones. They are also experts in using encrypted data, which reduces the risk of unauthorised access to data, or repercussion from staff losing data on memory sticks or laptops.
This is important for any UK firm who wishes to be compliant with the Data Protection Act, and especially those who carry large amounts of sensitive data such as customers financial details.
A popular choice for companies looking to create a database is to hire a company who specialises in that particular industry as they will understand the business, and may have already designed models for another customer which can be adapted for your business. This is often much cheaper than opting for a completely new bespoke database.
Examples of industry specialists include the Devon based Aymer Software which has a wealth of experience with construction firms and have created databases for functions including asset registers and maintenance planning systems.
For firms in the event management industry, Event Advantage Solutions has wide experience of creating data solutions for clients across the world.
Finally, Durodata are a global company with years of experience in the education sector, with a particular specialism in linking up desktop applications with both intranet and internet websites."