Over the last few years, you have probably heard talk of something called “Big Data.” Big Data is the idea of using large collections of information to make decisions, especially relating to human behavior. In 2018, most companies use some aspect of Big Data for decision making, which is why in this article we are talking about database management.

Data management is a tool that everyone from software developers to CEOs needs to use in order to house their data in a way where the information can be accessed when needed. Not only can database management improve mobile app design, but the efficiency of general business functions.

In doing our part to help you with software development and keeping up with the latest trends, we have put together everything you need to know about database management. It is our hope that with this knowledge you will be able to start creating better software and making smarter, data-driven decisions in 2018. Let’s get started.

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What is database management?

First, you might be wondering what exactly is database management. Although the term itself can have wide applications, a database management system is defined as:

System software for creating and managing databases. The DBMS (Database Management System) provides users and programmers with a systematic way to create, retrieve, update and manage data.

Database management systems are the tools we need to turn a sea of information into an understandable format. Software companies especially love to get involved with database management, as much of the new technologies emerging in the market rely on using big data to succeed.

In fact, this leads us to our next topic: database management and software development.

Database management and software development

In the world of software development, efficiency is of the highest priority. This is one reason why Agile development has become such a popular methodology for completing software development projects. By looking at Agile, it is easy to see the role that database management plays with software development.

For instance, Agile is focused on speed and bringing the best possible end-product to the target users. Database management systems can improve both of these areas as well. First, when the data system is working well, it can make split-second decisions based on mountains of data, leading to an increase efficiency. It can also base these decisions on data such as user stories and testimonials, bringing a better end-product to the target market.

If you aren’t already using some sort of database system for software development, you should definitely consider it. In fact, it’s not just the actual development that can be aided by database management, but the actual end-software itself.

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The importance of APIs

In order for most of the apps on your phone to work, something known as an API has to deliver the pertinent information to the app from an offsite data center. This can be something as simple as a bus route or as complex as a planning international travel, but regardless of complexity, the API is what bridges the gap between the database system and the software.

When you first begin developing your software project, having the right API design is vital to having a function end-product. And, without database management, these APIs would be useless. If you are able to understand the Big Data implications of working in software today, you will better be able to design APIs and create impressive technology.

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Data and smart technology

Speaking of impressive technology, as IoT devices and wearable technology become more commonplace, data management will continue to be important for a couple of reasons. First, with these technologies will come a series of new data points that need to be tracked, stored, and then used appropriately. Without a proper database management system, this will quickly become a data circus.

Second of all, data management will help to improve the potency of these new technologies as they learn from their mistakes and evolve. Without database management, most of the functions we appreciate about apps and software today would not be possible.

Advantages of using a database management system

If you aren’t already convinced why you should use a database management system when developing your software, let’s review a few of the advantages of doing such. We have already mentioned a few of these in passing, such as helping with Scrum planning, but other areas like security and flexibility can be just as vital.

  • Having a central database management system can provide:
  • Data abstraction, independence, and security
  • Handling of balance between multiple parties using the same data
  • Ability to swiftly recover from crashes and errors
  • A locking mechanism for concurrent access
  • Logging and auditing of data activity
  • Simple access using a standard programming interface

While older database management systems would have to create independent files for each new project accessing the data, now we can run everything through the same system. Not only does this make things more efficient, but it takes up less room in the process.

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The future of database management

As we review these different ways in which database management can effect positive change, it’s worth looking into the future of database management and imagining what will come. Most say that the future looks bright, as we will always need some form of database management to help run our software and systems. Especially now with the growing usage of the cloud, this has only become more relevant in 2018.

However, we would leave you with a word of warning. As database management further provides information into the lives of your customers, be wise with how you use that information. Obviously, we all want to provide the best possible user experience, but when we sacrifice the privacy and security of our customers to achieve that, is it really worth it? It’s something to keep in mind.

Conclusion

We hope that this article has helped you to better understand the world of database management, as well as everything that comes with it. As you move forward with projects in the future, we hope that you remember the power of Big Data, both for good and for evil.

The best usage of data can be found when you are able to better provide value for your users while treating them with dignity and respect. Never forget this, because if you can do it will, your customers won’t either.