Improve Workgroup Organization with a Free Online Database
We spend a lot of time talking about online word processors, spreadsheets, and presentation apps, but what about databases? They tend to get the short shrift, though that's probably because they're relatively few in number and not as widely used. Still, for a group of workers looking to share information that's centrally located, nothing beats an online database. Web Worker Daily has the scoop on four free databases from IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, and Zoho. An excerpt:© 2008 CBS Interactive Inc.. All Rights Reserved.
Microsoft's SQL Server Express Edition is a free offering and is freely distributable. I would recommend this choice for a workgroup that wants a robust database application quickly, because Microsoft goes above and beyond at supplying training and tutorial materials as well as starter database schemas. For example, you watch over nine hours of video instruction on starting a database aimed at absolute beginners. You can also read case studies on useful databases built with the product. Like Oracle's database, though, Microsoft's only lets you build 4GB databases for free.Creating a database can take a little time and know-how. If you want something you can whip together in a hurry without a lot of expertise, the author recommends Zoho DB & Reports -- and so do I. Got a different recommendation? Hit the Comments and shout it out.
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