Why Learning Fluent SQL Will Provide More Business Opportunities
If your business deals with records, whether of contacts, inventory or other business needs, then you know the value of organizing those records for easy access. If you use a Structured Query Language (SQL) database, then you have already positioned yourself for both simplicity and the expansion of your business. SQL is important not only for the benefits it offers, but also for the opportunities and advantages that fluency can provide you.
Fast Searches in Large Records - One of the benefits of SQL is it allows you to search a large database quickly and easily. If you run a dog grooming business, with just a handful of keystrokes, you can pull up all information on any dog of a certain breed, color, weight, etc. Any information you have in your records is accessible in this fashion, and can even be accessed remotely across a network.
Reliable Standards - SQL has a long history, and as such, there is a specific set of rules that dictate a functional SQL database. The benefit to you and your business is that fluency in SQL will allow you to find your way around any SQL database, on any system whether local or in the cloud. If you import an SQL database, you’ll be able to modify it without needing to rebuild it from the ground up. It will save you time, money and headaches, allowing you to focus your efforts on your business and not your business records.
Alternately, you can employ any other person who is SQL proficient to manage the database for you. A custom, non-standard system would require training for each individual before they could use it. The process is in the same way that learning an existing language allows you to travel in a certain country, where inventing your own language would afford no such luxury.
Minimal Coding Required - If you’re using a standard SQL system, you’ll find it much easier to manage a large database without getting bogged down in coding languages and software. This makes your database not only easier to implement, but easier to maintain as well. There is less chance for you to come up against some foreign concept in the code that disrupts your entire workflow, making your day-to-day operations reliably smooth.
More Versatile Database - For a long time, SQL was synonymous with what is called a “relational database,” but now “Object Oriented Databases” have emerged and merged with the former to created “Object Relational Database Management Systems” (ORDBMS). The short cut through these complicated and mind-numbing terms is in their versatility: think of them as the Old Way and the New Way.
The Old Way works like a typewriter, you write everything down, and any changes to one element require you to find and make the changes to each element throughout the entire document. The New Way is more like a computer, you can make changes to specific elements that automatically adjust throughout the database, which means no fishing through the data to update each element individually.
Better, more efficient organization of your database will keep your business running well while giving you simple and easy access to the data you and your customers need. In addition, other businesses have the same needs are you, and with your newfound SQL fluency, you may be able to offer your services in setting them up on the same path. Giving you both new contacts and new skills for your business.
Camille McClane is a writer, researcher and editor who enjoys creating content on all-things tech, social media and online marketing. She hopes you enjoy this article, and wishes you luck with SQL!