Measuring up to the Standards — Things you need to consider when building a database in 2017

This year will see many changes for the way companies manage and build their database. From customized, seamless reporting integration that pulls from multiple sources to moving entire infrastructures to off-site cloud storage systems, the future of database design and management is extremely bright! However, there are plenty of standards to remember that will always remain true, that you must keep in mind.

With that, there are a few things to consider when building your next database:

  1. Plan ahead! The further you can predict your needs, the better off you’ll be down the road. Understand the database’s purpose so that you have the right tool.
  2. Keep passwords as encrypted as possible for security. With better security comes more determination from those who would wish your database harm. Decrypt them in application when required.
  3. Use well defined and consistent names for tables and columns (e.g. School, StudentCourse, CourseID …). This will make information easy to find, and easy for the next person to adapt to your system.
  4. Never make untested changes to a production database. Introducing these changes to your system could corrupt it in the long run.
  5. Keys often generate controversy: primary keys, foreign keys, and artificial keys. Tables need a primary key that identifies each row. The art is to decide which columns should be part of the primary key and what values to include.
  6. Don’t Forget Indexes in Your DesignSome indexing design is useful during database modeling, even if indexes may change during actual deployment and usage. Of course, it is possible to have too many indexes, just like it is possible to have too few.

If you keep to these standards when undertaking your next build, you will have the foundation of an infrastructure that will help you remain ahead of the game for years to come. Have any questions? Feel free to email us! — — 612–254–9384

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