Database applications - because with great data comes great responsibility
As a business expands, its operations grow in complexity. Relying on spreadsheets to tackle burgeoning information and processes could lead to a data pile-up, and ultimately slow the business down.
Database applications come to the rescue when spreadsheets become unmanageable. With the business expanding, managing structured information with relationships across tables is paramount, and that's exactly what databases are designed for. With a database app, users can define custom roles, provide user based authorizations, implement business specific workflows, etc., by adding their own code to the data modelled in the database.
The caveat in traditional database applications
Data entry and manipulation in these databases require commands coded as queries. This calls for programming in SQL (Structured Query Language), which is why most small and medium-scale businesses resort to paper-based systems to manage their data. While this might work well for small amounts of data, using paper to handle an increasing flow of information can culminate in chaos.