How Do We Make Databases So Easy?
Simple, we do the hard part. Over the years we've seen that while each database application written by Northwest Database Services was unique in terms of our clients' data and business needs, the core database application – things such as a main menu, reports manager, a way to create custom queries and so forth remained the same. So, in the spirit good old American know-how, we wondered: If Henry Ford had been a database developer, how would he have made his databases more dependable, usable and affordable? When viewed that way the answer was simple:
- Build a single database core component that synchronized and integrated all of the navigation, query, reporting and processing tools that are common to all databases.
- Make it adaptable and fully compliant with a client's unique data and business needs, while still building the database core with code that was tried, tested, predictable and true.
- Keep refining and perfecting that code, periodically adding features that users have requested along the way.
- And finally, use this streamlining process to significantly bring down the cost.
We use an "architect paradigm" - a programming process that gives you basic functionality right from the start. By working in this way we give you the advantage of using and becoming familiar with your database as it's being built.
Unless you go to school to learn computer programming, you may have a hard time judging just how good the code in your database really is. But we've found that clients can tell if the interface is efficient and comfortable, and if the database is doing what they envisioned it would do.
No matter how well planned a program is, you'll always think of improvements once you start using it. In turn, each improvement may point to additional, necessary features. Using the architect paradigm allows you to try out your new database while it's being built and participate in its changes. If you discover an unmet need along the way, our working method allows us to tell you, "Good idea, we'll include it in the next development cycle". When you can give feedback along the way and try out the changes as they're made, your database will conform more closely to the way you do business.
Because we work closely with you right from the start, you get a better feel for how closely the database matches your needs. This guarantees that your database will be a true custom fit, and protects your budget from having to pay for functionality you've never tried out; and may not have actually needed.