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Bespoke database development has never been cheap but we aim to make it affordable. We will help you find the right database solution within your budget.
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How much does a database cost?

We are often asked how much a database costs. While the final project fee will depend upon your individual requirements, you’ll be pleased to know that we make a habit of charging sensible market rates. We peg our database design and development costs to the going rate for a London-based contract worker, with 5+ years of experience, hired through an agency. We guarantee that you’ll never pay over the odds for our expertise.

So what are the advantages of using Inventica against using a freelance database developer? Well, you don’t have to worry about holidays, sickness, or your developer leaving half way through the project for a start. We also provide ongoing support for as long as you want it. Our support desk works from 7 AM to 11 PM from Monday to Friday and 10 AM to 5 PM on Saturday and Sunday, so you can always be able to count on us for support and we don’t charge out of hours rates.

You also get the benefit of having a dedicated project manager and the advice of a business analyst, who will work closely with your staff to scope their requirements and later in the project address their feedback.

In addition to all of that, over the last 10 years we have built up a massive code library of different database tools and components that we can re-use on new projects to deliver new systems quicker and cheaper, adding even more value to our complete package.

How much does a bespoke database cost?

There isn’t a straight answer. The price is dependent on the complexity of your requirements, how much time we’ll have to spend on implementing them, and whether we have previously developed similar functionality and have it available in our code library.

How long does it take to develop a bespoke database?

If you already have a detailed requirements specification it usually takes 3-4 weeks to develop a simple database. Complex projects can take 2–5 months and very complex database projects can easily take more than a year.

Bearing in mind that our ready built library of code templates can reduce the development time required and costs involved in any project.

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Typical costs

We have developed simple databases for small companies of just four people with a budget of under £1,000 as well as complex systems for large organisations with hundreds of users and budgets in excess of £300,000.

Our fees are always tied to market rates and reflect project complexity, size, and skillset required. We only charge for development time and we make a point of offering as much added value as we can. These are just some of the many extras we offer at no additional cost:

  • Free project management
  • Free installation on your network and automatic backup configuration
  • Free video training kit
  • Free user training at our in-house, cutting-edge, training facility in London

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On bigger projects that take more than two-three weeks to implement we offer fixed price estimates at a significantly discounted rate. We also allow up to a 10% variation from your initial requirements at no extra cost so that you won’t have to pay for minor tweaks or small last minute changes.

While there is no one size fits all approach, we know a ball park figure can be helpful in the very early stages when scoping out providers.

With this in mind and as an example only this chart shows the typical costs involved in bespoke database design and development projects:

Microsoft SQL Server or Azure SQL Cloud based database for 50+ users with Active Directory integration, remote access, audit trail, complex reporting using Power BI tools; integration with 3rd party systems and services using API, including SAP, SAGE200-250, SharePoint, Survey Monkey, MailChimp, SalesForce, HubSpot; integration with customer website and mobile apps.

Example: ERP system with process flow automation that allows users to manage different areas of the business including: Sales, HR, Finance, Project Management. Contact us to see our project portfolio.

Microsoft Access or Microsoft SQL Server based database for 30-50 users with Active Directory authentication, audit trail, remote access, integration with Outlook, reporting and letter printing functionality.

Example: Sales and Purchase Order management system that maintains stock of products and services, allows users to create quotes, orders, invoices; track payments; print delivery notes and reports. Contact us to see similar projects from our portfolio!

Microsoft Access database for 15-20 users located on the same physical LAN, with reporting and letter printing functionality (in Excel, Word, PDF) and Windows Active Directory integration.

Example: Simple CRM database that allows users to log customer enquiries, track communication with customers, create deals and opportunities, send personalised emails. Contact us to see examples!

Simple Microsoft Access database for up to 10 users located on the same physical LAN

Example: Contract Management Database that stores details of companies and individuals, allows users to search and filter records, import/export records from/to Excel. Contact us to see our project portfolio!

These price bands are for illustration purposes only. Why not contact our database development team and ask them how much your database will cost? Call us today on 0207 394 3050.

Our fixed price estimates are always accurate, so the price we quote is the price you pay as long as your requirements don’t change by more than 10%.