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When it comes to choosing a database, size matters -- not so much the size of the
database, but the size of the company. Whereas medium to large companies generally
select a complex database and then task administrators and developers with building applications around it, small businesses usually take a different tack. Database vendors are working hard to tailor their products to appeal to the low end of the market. So, what are the key selling points for small e-businesses that are database shopping?
There was no mention of the relaunched SmartWare Database... Those around since the primitive days of Intel 8088 remember TIM4 and SmartWare. SmartWare was one of the originals competing with Dbase... The pricing at 2 users is well under Oracle and it is blazingly fast, easy to use and provides a powerful programming language.
Exactly. Our company is opting for MySQL because it would have cost us $80,000 for Microsoft SQL. I can't believe it wasn't even mentioned in this article.
I agree, you don t need nothing but mysql, the moment mysql is not good enough for you, you are already at a level in terms of data volume and thus business volume that you probably need administrators or some sort of IT staff and you wouldn't care about petty change.
i don't think this was a good article
"Spreadsheets, however, do not scale well, and companies that intend to grow beyond $10 million to $20 million in sales eventually will have to spend the money to license a real database..."
Understatement of the year? I have never seen a firm with $10 million in sales running off Spreadsheets, but I have seen all too many much larger firms still stuck in Access...and wondering why performance has slowed to a crawl.
I love Access for small business, with less than 10 users, but after that something more stable and secure is certainly needed. SQL Server is my preference, but it sounds like Oracle pricing is finally becoming more reasonable...
I do not feel that the author of this article did very much research into the field of small workgroup databases. I think there are some far better databases for this target group than the ones that were specified, such as the one we use, Sybase SQL Anywhere, which more than meets all of this author's 'key selling points' at a much lower price point.