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Custom Database Development

Our team of experienced consultants can help build new databases or enhance existing ones in all major database platforms. We have particularly deep experience in Oracle and SQL Server, but our consultants have decades of experience each in complex database design, implementation, stored procedure development, index tuning, and data modeling.

Effective database design and implementation is critical to applications working well, especially in the long term. Once you know the data you want to store we direct our expertise in database design to ensure that the data will be stored and accessed efficiently, and will continue to work well under high load scenarios and when the database has grown in size. One of our strengths is developing enterprise class scalable implementations, even when the application initially seems limited in scope.

The first step in developing systems is analysis. To steal a phrase from the construction trade, "Measure twice, cut once." When translated to analysis, we make sure that we understand the project needs completely before we begin our database design.

Good database design is the next and most important step in having a database that performs well long term. The other key area is how you access and consume that data. The key to developing scalable applications is a fundamental understanding of how to work with all components of the specific environment available. This includes an understanding of the hardware and operating system environment that the database resides in as well as the features available in the database. The goal is to provide the data needed as quickly as possible while incurring the lowest overhead on the system delivering the data. This can involve using technologies such as:

  • Caching data in your application - making sure you don't reread the most used data more than is required.
  • Appropriate indexing - databases, like many desktop application do now have indexing technologies to speed up finding specific data. Implemented correctly they are vital to maintain database performance.
  • Using the right methods to access data - there are many ways for your applications to access the data. We have expertise in choosing the right methods, and ensuring it works fast and securely as possible.
  • Defining where data is at the hardware level - getting databases right isn't just about getting the software set up right. There are useful techniques for improving performance by setting up how you manage the database hardware/software relationship.
  • Multiple server environments - working with large enough databases to require more than one server? We have experience working with multi-server environments using technologies such as log shipping and replication.

    Whether a project requires just a few tables for storing some basic data for your site or you need our help with a custom enterprise application, we will use our experience to ensure the database we design will be easily manageable, high performance and scalable.