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Lesson 1. What Is a Database? > What Are Databases Good For?

What Are Databases Good For?

Strictly speaking, a database is any collection of information. Your local telephone book, for example, is a database, as is your Rolodex file and the card catalog at your local library. With a computerized database in Microsoft Access, you can store information, as with these three examples, but you can also do much more. For instance, if you keep a list of all your business customers in an Access database, you can:

  • Print out a list of all customers who haven't bought anything in the last 60 days, along with their phone numbers, so you can call each one.

  • Sort the customers by ZIP Code and print out mailing labels in that order. (Some bulk-mailing services require you to presort by ZIP Code to get the cheaper mailing rate.)

  • Create a simple onscreen order entry form that even your most technically unskilled employee can use successfully.


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