The Internet makes it possible for businesses everywhere to operate in the cloud. It can
provide the infrastructure needed to run databases for things like e-commerce sites. The cloud is also useful for storing all kinds of other data useful to companies.
One bugbear that most businesses have is how the data they need isn’t always easy to access. There are many reasons for that, but, the good news is you can do something about it. Here’s how you can create an efficient and resilient online database:
Cut the clutter
First of all, you need to ask yourself what kinds of data do you actually need? One thing I’ve noticed in many organisations is how unnecessary data gets stored. As you can imagine, databases with thousands of records increase in size rather fast. They grow even bigger if you’re storing information you don’t need.
It’s worth doing an audit of the data you store in your databases. Get rid of any fields you don’t need. That way, you will take the first step towards building a streamlined database.
Do some data cleansing
There is still more purging of data that you need to do! The trouble with databases is that they get designed by humans. That means there’s a high risk of incorrect information getting stored.
When you need to analyse your data, you must do so with a high degree of accuracy. Incorrect records can blur the trends and statistics you are trying to report.
If you’ve got a large volume of data, you’ll need to hire a team of “data cleansers” to qualify your records. Sure, you could do some automation in the process. But, there is still a degree of manual intervention that the process demands.
Unify your data
It can be a real pain when you’ve got datasets living in various databases across your business. That’s because it can sometimes be hard to work with them all at the same time.
The good news is you can unify your data to create one big virtual database! Data integration for businesses is a hot topic these days. In fact, it’s one that companies talked about for many decades. Nowadays, it’s possible to buy “connector” software that lets you link various databases together.
So, it doesn’t matter if one database is in Microsoft Access and another in MySQL. You can connect them together using some third-party software.
Only use the most efficient queries on your data
Any database administrator will tell you there are several ways to query a dataset. But, some of those methods may be inefficient. In other words, some queries could take a long time to process. What’s more, they could cause resource issues, such as out of memory errors on your servers!
It’s likely that you’ll be using some software that connects to your database and queries it. Make sure you only use efficient queries.
Check your code
Last, but not least, you should ensure the software code “talking” to your data is fit for purpose. If it uses outdated or deprecated calls, change them.