A Smart Database With Agile Coding – Solves Many Problems.

A smart database is designed and built along the lines of an agile internet of things model. By that, I mean that it should have all of the characteristics of an application that processes sensor signals over the internet and has a programming core that takes action along the lines of a streamlined procedure to get things done via its own record and field layout that mimics the action you want to accomplish. This article is intended to give you a single idea that I think is innovative enough and can hopefully be used to spur your design and development imagination that will lead you to build a database system that will meet most if not all of your business needs. You can sub-contract the coding if you are not skilled in programming.

A Smart Database Has One Additional Section Not Included in Most Designs.

The new section is a set of special fields and records in every table of your application that is exclusively devoted to the smartness aspect of the storage arrangement. All of the special fields and records are programmatically tied to the task of keeping tract of performance by entering message data related to the original business requirements and the specifications that were initially agreed upon. This is very important; because, toward the end of a project, just as you are about to go live with your new database system is often when things can go wrong forcing you to delay the introduction of your application. But because your special fields, during early testing, will report on itself and allow you to monitor its adherence to the original design specs.

The Agile Portion Of The Database Is The Continuous Messaging and Monitoring.

This is agile programming working to give you continuous feedback via its preplanned message system that delivers many completed tasks (or errors) prior to the end of the project. For this reason, thinking ahead with the notion of meeting as many of the needs your company can use and preparing the ground work for documenting new requirements as they unfold and avoiding a troublesome ending should be at the forefront of your thoughts. The added message system is what gives the database the agility it needs to monitor performance standards and offers your design and development team the opportunity to end the project knowing it has been tested and re-coded, where needed, at short intervals allowing for a rapid conclusion.

You Still Need Visible Documents For Approval And Sign Off Purposes.

By planning ahead and by setting up an innovative method of documenting the design, development and deployment process with a separate chunk of code that exclusively monitors these message fields and records, you are in the best design and develop situation. It all begins by documenting your new database feasibility study and your systems analysis effort and incorporating these documents into your final set of design notes that capture your business requirements, business logic and transaction data into the complete package.

The entire set of design notes could now be inserted into the newly added message center and identified as the “Design Notes Metadata Database” or some similar title. Each table could relate to a major project phase such as requirements gathering, business data and logic collecting, table design and development, test data accumulation, testing, etc.Each record within every table could relate to a feature of the new database and each field within that metadata record could describe a component of the feature. The record descriptions would remain intact through out the entire design, development, test, deployment and operation. They would in addition remain available for continual update and reference for new employees just becoming familiar with the application.


This is the smart database. The entire process can contribute enormously to clarifying data during development and later when maintenance or troubleshooting needs to be performed, or new features need to be added. It would be a simple matter to query the metadata or message center and discover necessary information that you can use to take the appropriate action with. At least think about it. A smart database should be the same kind of that can be used to fight cyber crimes.

Tom Gruich

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