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Planning your Microsoft SQL Server application development

Planning your Microsoft SQL Server application development

Working with Microsoft SQL Server, you’ll realise what a powerful and flexible relational database platform it is. But are you maximising the potential benefits it has to offer your organisation? SQL Server provides an ideal platform to develop bespoke applications that can support your business and automate or enhance existing processes.

Operating UK-wide, Life IT (www.lifeit.co.uk) are well-established experts in all things Microsoft SQL Server – including implementation and administration of the environment, and development and support of bespoke solutions. There are a few key areas to consider before embarking on your projects.

Define your requirements

With any SQL application development project it is important to understand the project goals, define the business requirements and set the boundaries. If requirements change later in the project the costs will increase and it is therefore better to have a set of agreed requirements before embarking on the development. Life IT’s experienced business analysts can help with this task. Our processes can aid the production of analysis and design diagrams and documentation of the business requirements.

Design and plan your database

Once the requirements are agreed, the next stage is to design and plan the construction of the database itself. This will involve identifying the different objects that the database needs to hold and the types of information that are required. Life IT’s SQL Server experts have many years of experience in relational database design and can advise on the most efficient and flexible database structures to support the business requirements.

Consider your data

Your new SQL application may be replacing an existing system, or perhaps you are modernising business processes that are currently managed using spreadsheets. In either case you may have lots of valuable historical data that you want to retain. Life IT can design and build a facility to take your old data, transform it and make it available within your new SQL Server database.

What about the front end?

You have defined your business requirements, designed and built a new SQL Server database and taken your historical data into account. To complete the solution you will need a user-friendly front end to allow your business users to get data in and out the SQL Server database. This may be a web-based user interface or a stand-alone application that resides on your user’s PCs. Life IT’s SQL application developers have experience of building many different types of solutions and can advise on the most appropriate solution and technology for your requirements.

Life IT’s expert team offer a wide range of high-quality Microsoft SQL support services UK-wide – including SQL application development, with a proven track record of delivering SQL applications to tight timeframes and within budget. Learn more at www.lifeit.co.uk/infrastructure/microsoft.

Published Date: 5th September 2013
Category: General