The file based accounting system dominates almost all small to medium size accounting software in the pass, only big corporate with hundred of thousands can afford SQL Accounting, but this is not the case any more, as SQL database server getting cheaper (even FREE!), more and more accounting system are built on SQL database server, and I think you should seriously consider SQL Accounting for your company and yourself! The Advantages for software developer: 1. Scalable architecture. User can easily expand their connection and scale to a larger system, conventional file based accounting will only allow multi-users connections up to 20 or less. The database powered accounting system will always take more resources than the file based accounting, but modern computer is powerful enough to run any database application, even on desktop computer.
2. Realtime processing. SQL Accounting with stored procedure support can process calculation on the fly! Support both realtime and batch processing. 3. Separate Business rules from interface.
With proper software design, developer can separate business rules from software interface; The database stored procedure will handle all business rules and processing related matter, while the software will handle all validation and user interactions. Such design allowed developer to port existing software code to web based or other platform easily. 4. Faster product delivery. Separation of user interface and business rules will greatly reduce testing and debug time, deliver the project more faster.
The Advantages for end user: 1. Faster response time. Powerful database will speed up processing time.
2. Store more data without performance decrease. The real database storage allows over 100 GB of data while maintaining a fast response time, file base will start to decrease in performance when data grow over 1 GB. 3.
Less cost to integrate. Standard SQL database will be easier to integrate with the existing system, any business software vendor should be able to communicate with the database and automate the data exchange process with minimum support from accounting software vendor. There is no reason not to select SQL Accounting, functionality can be easily extended, but the based architecture of the business system must be flexible and scalable to save money in the long run of the development. (C) Copyright 2008 CYNICS SOFTWARE - Feel free to reprint this article in its entirety as long as all links and author resources box in place.
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