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What is the importance of database management?


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May 03, 2010 1:20AM

Databases are collections of independently stored information pieces (data), and management of a database involves initial indexing of available data by 'tagging' the individually stored information based on common factors or lack thereof. This is done through assignment of values which represent relevant criteria (i.e. phone numbers, names, addresses, etc.).

When initial values have been assigned one or more relationships between assigned tags can further be defined which allows for the creation of 'groups' or 'pools' which meet programed criteria to make use of a database more user friendly (ie. allows users to search within preset groups like: new clients + high volume + US + wholesale + online sales OR new clients + high volume + US + retail + offline sales, etc.)

If values and relationships are not assigned to the information stored within a database (comparable to a book without numbered pages to refer to) than desired requests for data will take much longer to be processed thereby wasting time and energy that could be used in a constructive and profitable way by available resources which for businesses based on provision of data obviously has a considerable impact.

Database management furthermore involves creation and maintenance of access rights which controls which users can access what content or not. Automatic management of access rights is seen with internet search engines that serve paid ads and have customers that wish to limit their ads to select geographic metropolitan areas. This is done by matching the IP address of the searcher against a list of corresponding IP locations which as such efficiently allows paid content to be delivered to searchers in targeted areas only, while blocking access to those who do not yield a match regardless if the keywords for the submitted search are exactly the same.