Products in this category help create, organize, manage and maintain databases for websites or software applications. You can use these products for creating actionable dashboards, and for sharing data, consisting of charts and graphs, with your team members. Some products allow you to create dashboards with simple drag-and-drop interface; while others let you customize dashboards to your exact needs. Key features include the ability to generate reports and administrative systems, the ability to create automatic visualization, and the ability to automatically document your systems and backend infrastructure. Read the full software guide...
Any application that helps create a database and assists in the organization, editing and the retrieval of information stored within it can be called database software. Most products in this category are designed to manage the backend databases of websites and software applications.
The backend/database software enables users to store data in a structured manner in the form of tables, columns and rows, making it easier to retrieve or update data directly or through programmatic access. Most products use Structured Query Language (SQL) to communicate with databases through a series of commands.
You can use these products to create and modify interactive forms, copy and import tables or columns across files or within the same file, run reports against data and monitor the performance of web applications, among other things. More advanced products allow you to customize actionable dashboards to your exact requirements.
The first thing to consider when choosing backend/database software is the technical capability of your team. Some products are ideal for non-developers, while others are more suitable for seasoned programmers.
If you have no coding skills, look for a product that comes with point-and-click functionality. For instance, products that come with GUI interface enable you to create or update a database without any knowledge of programming. You can simply drag and drop the required elements into layouts or forms.
However, if you have a team of professional programmers, you can choose an advanced product capable of creating a highly customized database. You’ll also find products suitable for those dipping their toes into coding. Some of these products are also capable of creating customized databases, but they present a steep learning curve to any user with little programming experience.
Another important consideration is your database usage. Enterprises expecting a large number of database transactions on a daily basis will need a different product than a small business with a handful of users will need. You should also check whether the product supports the necessary file types for data import. For instance, you may need a product capable of importing ODBC and DBF (dBASE) and comma-separated text.
Depending on your requirements, you can look for specialized solutions. For instance, some products are designed exclusively for real-time log management and analytics. Industry-specific solutions are also available. For instance, companies in the voice recognition industry may look for a product with a range of SDKs and APIs to help add video, voice, verification, IM and SMS into apps, quickly and easily.
|API||Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) are programmatic intersections with external products or platforms that allow for custom integrations with your own solutions or other solutions you are using.|
|Batch Permissions & Access||Control user or group access and permission settings for software or other systems.|
|Data Export||Exporting functionality can be used to streamline the migration of data sets and information across systems, platforms or applications.|
|Data Import||Importing functionality allows you to use data sets from other systems or platforms to cut down on data entry requirements or to more easily migrate records from similar applications you have used in the past.|
|External Integrations||Integrations with other software products or platforms to improve efficiency and compatibility across systems.|
|File Sharing||Share files with colleagues, customers or other stakeholders for easier access across platforms, collaboration and/or version control.|
|File Transfer||Transfer large files to colleagues, customers or other stakeholders. This is often used for files too large to transfer via email and other conventional transmission methods.|
|Multi-User||Supports more than just one user account and generally allows for collaboration with colleagues.|
|Notifications||Includes notification support and sends you alerts with information on important events and other time sensitive instances. For example through push notifications on mobile phones or email notifications.|
|Third-Party Plugins/Add-Ons||Offers additional features or integrations built by third-party developers in form of plugins or add-ons.|