What Is an Entity?

Basically, each entity is a piece of information that you need to be able to save and use in the database. Establishing entities is a critical step in the database design process because it is always tougher to add another type of information to the database schema later on. Typical entities in a retail business, for example, will include customer name, store number, product ID, product price, and so on.

What’s The Meaning of a Relational Database?

A relational database allows you to see the interaction between the various entities. For example, if the primary key in your table is the Customer ID, a relational database allows you to compare that customer’s products based in a unique Customer ID number found in the products table. Under the products table, the Customer ID number is considered as a foreign key.

In this case, based on the foreign key, we link all the products to the specific customer. This capability allows a report to draw all information off of the products table to let you know what products the customer has purchased and perhaps even the quantity, the price they paid, or the location the purchase was made at (depending on the information listed on the products table).

Building a Scalable Relational Database

No one wants their business to remain the same or even struggle. Every business owner wants to see growth and an increase in profits. That’s why your database needs to be scalable—so it can grow as your brand does. We use the latest in data modelling tools to take your Access database and expand the database schema. In this way, our db designers can up size your database as fast as you need it to be done. Your business growth is no longer limited by the abilities of your database or the applications that have been developed from it.

A High Tech ER Diagram Tool to the Rescue

Thank goodness for ER diagram tools. This is a specialized software designed to develop a relational database quickly. With such a data modeling tool, a db designer can take you from entities and relationships to a full-blown application in hardly any time at all. This is what we specialize in.
Whether you need a new database developed from scratch, or you have an old database for us to reverse engineer and quickly update, our database design team has the experience that you want in your corner. Plus, our staff is also able to create great custom software based on the intimate knowledge of your database.

How Reverse Database Engineering Can Save Your Current Access Database

We utilize a data modelling tool called xCase, to reverse engineer existing databases. This means that even if you no longer have an ER diagram, we can still recreate the database schema. Once we have this database diagram, we can see all of the database entities and their relationship with one another, thus making it possible to maintain an existing database. If you need to migrate the database to MS SQL so as to have a more scalable system, this becomes possible when we have the ER diagram. It is also vital for the elimination of duplicate data that may be gumming up the works.

Removing and Preventing Database Duplicates

The problem that slows down most existing databases is redundant data. When this occurs, it is usually because the original database design was lacking in some way. By reverse engineering the database, our database designers can see the best way to remove duplicates records from your system. At the same time, future duplication of data can be prevented, so your system stays fast and responsive.

Reports that once took minutes or even hours to run may now appear in seconds. This is vital when your database is responsible for kicking out information to an app used by employees, and especially so if the app is used by customers and business partners who need to see your business working like a well-oiled machine in order to rely on your brand with confidence.

Developing New Applications Quickly

Now you can see why a database design company like the Farber Consulting Group is the team you want in your corner for fast custom software development. Using an ER diagram tool to have all of your ducks in a row on the database side allows for the development of custom applications that actually perform the way you want them to, with no lag. Give us a call today to learn how the Farber Consulting Group Inc. can give your business the boost that it needs!

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