Database management software

Some the most valuable assets a business can have are its databases. Customers records, sales and purchases, stock levels and taxation details, for example, are vital to the operation of any business. Software designed to manage these databases is known as DBMS (Database Management System). This software allows users to:

  • maintain the data (adding new data, deleting old data, editing data)
  • access the data (display and print data)
  • analyse the data (sorting and searching, producing reports)

In a typical database, the data is stored in a single large file that contains the original data, all the screen display and printing layouts and the most searched requests. In a relational database the different data tables will also be stored in the file. The DBMS makes it easy to manage the data in a database.