Database Design, Management & Administration
Future Proof your Database with “Next-Gen” Developers.
No matter what their size, companies that manage a lot of information also require a strong database system. That’s where we come in. Pleasant Solutions has designed and optimizedpurpose-built databases for a wide range of clients. We are not dependent on any specific technology, and bring a broad range of competencies to all of our projects – regardless of size. Our teams have unparalleled flexibility to match the best database technology to your needs.
Why Do You Need a Database Management System?
As a Database Administrator, it is important to think about how you intend to use information within your enterprise. Will your company database power critical customer service features in real-time? Or will it store large amounts of data for decision-making and analysis? Although it’s possible to do both, you will ultimately have to choose your priorities.
Your database needs are most likely situated on a continuum from “transactional” to “analytical”. Where you fall on this continuum will shape your database structure.
Designing your Database Architecture
Perhaps not surprisingly, your database architecture will be designed based on how you intend to use it.
Transactional Databases:Some companies expect to use their database management system to capture transactions in real-time. Their database will essentially create, read, update and delete a large volume of transactions.
Relational database systems (RMDBS) tend to provide database administrators with the speed needed to process inventory, invoices, contact lists, internal documents and mapping information. This is where our expert team of SQL developers helps your company achieve new levels of operational efficiency.
An efficient transactional (OLTP) database stores data in its most basic, or normalized, form. Normalization makes the database robust and efficient, but not for system-wide reporting tasks.
Analytical Databases: Other companies require a multi-dimensional database to provide operational intelligence and insight. Analytical databases don’t always use relational database systems. Because they are not optimized for rapid editing and synchronization, they focus on providing highly accurate summary reports and statistics for business needs.
An analytical (OLAP) database maintains data in its most denormalized, or complex, form by storing it in as few tables as possible. The ability to generate reports and statistics on the fly is balanced by slow transactional processing times, where data is often stored and uploaded to the system in batches.
How is Your Data Normally Used and Divided?
Many companies try to emulate how “other competitors” have structured their database systems, without consideration of their own internal work flow or processes. It is crucial for DBAs to understand internal processes and current pain points before embarking on any database project. As database consultants, we help a system administrators overcome this problem.
Think about three employees for a moment:
- Sally, the Industrial Supply Analyst
- John, the Warehouse Manager
- Latos, the Marketing & e-Commerce Analyst
John and Sally use the same information source, across the same sites and at similar times. You can say they have a lot of shared data requirements. Meanwhile, Latos just needs to export data to his Financial Management suite. Any planned database, therefore, should allow Sally and John to collaborate using the same data and processes while accommodating a different use case for Latos.
How Persistent Are Your Customers?
The one thing Database Administrators come to love is rules. Without quality SQL coding and database rules, records can become unmerged and the same customer can create duplicate data at each touch-point with your company. Instead of dealing with a bloated database full of duplicate records, Pleasant Solutions plans your application architecture to fit with future needs.
Our team always asks how persistent your records need to be, because your chosen database management software and service architecture governs the quality of data you can extract.
Excellence in Database Administration
Pleasant Solutions started out building custom software, but we ultimately became known as first-class architects of relational databases. We are recognized for excellence within the IT industry.
Our award-winning team has revived old databases for companies desperate to salvage what data they could. We were also one of the first developers to help companies calculate Carbon Offset Projections. Even more impressively, we designed and implemented one of the largest database architectures in the world (600+ terabytes) for a television company looking to track data from digital cable boxes.
Our Core Competencies
Optimized SQL & Server Design
We’ve worked with thousands of clients to develop an easily extensible database architecture that provides enterprise security, speed and stability using only the best SQL methods.
Custom Database Configuration
Database projects fail when a solution is built “around” your business requirements, not specifically for your business needs. Our Expert Team will configure the “perfectly pleasant” database you’ve always dreamed of.
Strong, Secure Authentication
Pleasant Solutions has received notoriety for developing its Pleasant Password Server product. A world-leader in enterprise password management, our team can easily achieve military-grade server security and compliance with laws such as PIPEDA.
Pleasant Solutions are experts in working with relational database systems in addition to emerging technologies:
- Microsoft SQL Server
- PostgreSQL (Postgres 8.X)
- SQL, TSQL, PL/SQL
- Oracle 8, DB2, MySQL
- MDX (Multidimensional Expressions)
- OLAP Cubes
- MapR Databases, Hadoop
- Other Platforms