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Chapter 8. Planning Databases > How about a SlowStart?

How about a SlowStart?

You know the saying: Hurry now, wait later. The time you spend in this little chapter with nothing more than a notepad and your thoughts will save you hours of frustration later at the keyboard. This is the secret to successful databases: they’re not really about data, they’re about people and how they work together. As odd as it might seem initially, the data itself doesn’t dictate the database design. Instead, the processes and procedures among people within an organization’s various groups drive the design. The very same data in a different organization might need a completely different design.

Any time you build a database, you inevitably face questions about the group it’s intended for: Where does this information come from? Who knows this? Who needs this? Why do we do it that way? Before you veer into an existential thicket, here’s the point: Take time to understand the users’ needs—along with their organization’s structure and information flow—and you’ll build a better database.


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