Inventica specialise in designing database solutions to meet our customers’ needs.
Although we take a structured and pragmatic approach to getting the job done our real goal is to deliver systems that will give you competitive advantage and even revolutionise your business.
By saving your employees’ time when undertaking routine tasks, simplifying the process of data acquisition, storage, management, reporting, and automating various processes such as enquiries tracking, order processing, and invoicing we’ll aim to find those small wins which save your team time and increase their efficiency.
We believe in taking a collaborative approach to database design but we’re happy to take the lead. We never forget that our professionals are there to guide you towards making the right choices:
All of our database design specialists have many years of experience working with Microsoft database platforms such as Microsoft SQL Server and Microsoft Access.
We can demonstrate similar projects from our extensive portfolio to help you visualise what your database will look like and how it will function. You can ask us for non-binding cost and timescale estimates as well at this stage to help you make informed choices based on your requirements and their potential cost.
What is a database? A database consists of related entities that may interact with each other in a workflow. Example of a database entity:
Each database entity can have a number of properties for example; a customer entity could have properties such as customer name, address, and phone number. Some of these properties may have to be unique to allow the database to identify the correct record as requested by a user. Unique properties could be a customer ID or an order number. Sometimes, when there are no obvious unique identifiers, a database designer must introduce a new property, such as an auto ID field to make records unique.
Entities may have relationships. For example, a contact record can be linked to a customer record and an invoice record would be linked to an order record.
Entities may also interact with each other in a workflow. For instance, an enquiry could be transformed into an order and an order would be transformed into an invoice.
The database design process also involves the selection of an appropriate technology, such as Microsoft Access or Microsoft SQL Server.
The database designer should also ensure the security of the customer’s data. This involves establishing access levels and defining user permissions for different user groups in the organisation. Database access can be restricted by IP address, so that only specific endpoints can gain access to the database. The customer may also wish to safeguard some of their most sensitive data by using encryption to reduce the risk of their data ending up in the wrong hands, as well as to comply with the data protection laws and regulations.
Choosing the right database disaster recovery strategy and an appropriate maintenance plan is your insurance policy, the importance of which must not be understated. Is your business prepared to lose data? How much downtime can you afford?
Our database specialists will help you choose an appropriate database backup plan that meets your business requirements. This includes choosing backup frequency, retention policy, deciding if real-time and geo-redundant replication is required, and making sure that backups are copied offsite, checked regularly, and can be restored at any time.
The database design stage forms the basis for your bespoke database’s future. We will aim to make sure that its future is a bright one.