What is a 'database'?
A database is a system to store and manage data. The vast majority of databases nowadays are computerised and whether you know it or not, they generally touch almost every aspect of your life i.e. when you go to the cash point machine you will be interacting with a database, when you make a purchase from Amazon or eBay, you will be interacting with a database...and so on it goes on.
What is database design?
Database design is the process of setting up a database in such a way as to get the most from it. We could throw some jargon at you and talk about logical and physical data models, tables, entity relationships etc – but most people don't really need to know what they are so we won't discuss them any further here. In our experience, well designed databases will help, not hinder the task at hand.
Is database design easy?
Good 'database design' is easy if you know what you're doing. Good designers benefit from their experience, learning from their past mistakes. It's very easy to poorly design a database - it's not very easy to retrospectively recover from a poorly designed database. An experienced database designer will focus heavily on your existing systems and processes to make sure that the database they're designing will work for your business. An inexperienced or poor database designer probably won't ask you many questions, they'll probably just be saying 'Yes' a lot.
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