Database Design

A common analogy in the software world is the comparison between building software and building a skyscraper. In this analogy, you can think of the database as the foundation. If something's wrong with the foundation, the entire building could come crashing down at any second.

We like to apply a twist to this analogy. Building software is like building a skyscraper, except when you're halfway done with the skyscraper, clients don't decide they want 20 additional stories and a pool on the roof. However, this level of "scope creep" is not only common when it comes to building software, it has come to be expected.

The Nov 27, 2004 issue of The Economist cites the Standish Group's estimates that " ...30% of all software projects are canceled, nearly half come in over budget, 60% are considered failures by the organizations that initiated them, and 9 out of 10 come in late. "

The key to avoiding these types of issues lies with the team that is designing and building your software. At Searles Graphics we have the knowledge and experience to anticipate your wants and needs to design a foundation that will continue to be effective throughout the development proceess, eliminating a major source of budget increases and delays common in most software projects.