Planning your Microsoft SQL Server application development
Working with Microsoft SQL Server, you’ll realise what a powerful and flexible relational database platform it is. But are you maximising the potential benefits it has to offer your organisation? SQL Server provides an ideal platform to develop bespoke applications that can support your business and automate or enhance existing processes.
Operating UK-wide, Life IT (www.lifeit.co.uk) are well-established experts in all things Microsoft SQL Server – including implementation and administration of the environment, and development and support of bespoke solutions. There are a few key areas to consider before embarking on your projects.
Define your requirements
With any SQL application development project it is important to understand the project goals, define the business requirements and set the boundaries. If requirements change later in the project the costs will increase and it is therefore better to have a set of agreed requirements before embarking on the development. Life IT’s experienced business analysts can help with this task. Our processes can aid the production of analysis and design diagrams and documentation of the business requirements.
Design and plan your database
Once the requirements are agreed, the next stage is to design and plan the construction of the database itself. This will involve identifying the different objects that the database needs to hold and the types of information that are required. Life IT’s SQL Server experts have many years of experience in relational database design and can advise on the most efficient and flexible database structures to support the business requirements.
Consider your data
Your new SQL application may be replacing an existing system, or perhaps you are modernising business processes that are currently managed using spreadsheets. In either case you may have lots of valuable historical data that you want to retain. Life IT can design and build a facility to take your old data, transform it and make it available within your new SQL Server database.
What about the front end?
You have defined your business requirements, designed and built a new SQL Server database and taken your historical data into account. To complete the solution you will need a user-friendly front end to allow your business users to get data in and out the SQL Server database. This may be a web-based user interface or a stand-alone application that resides on your user’s PCs. Life IT’s SQL application developers have experience of building many different types of solutions and can advise on the most appropriate solution and technology for your requirements.
Life IT’s expert team offer a wide range of high-quality Microsoft SQL support services UK-wide – including SQL application development, with a proven track record of delivering SQL applications to tight timeframes and within budget. Learn more at www.lifeit.co.uk/infrastructure/microsoft.

What others say about us

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Head of Technical Services—HCSS

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Head of IT—Polyflor

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Head of IT Development—DLR

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IT Service Delivery Manager

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“We wanted flexible support to ensure 24/7 cover and Life IT worked with us to deliver this. Life IT has become integrated into the Bentley way of working and their role has expanded into looking at the technical side of the application as well as the support. “Our relationship has been built up over a significant period of time and both sides have worked hard to develop a supplier/customer relationship that can be used as a model throughout Bentley. We are now in the position where we have a pro-active partnership, Life IT are treated as part of Bentley, and that is a credit to them”.

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Support options

From full 24 by 7 operations to month end support and holiday cover, we can tailor a fixed price solution to fit seamlessly with your IT department.

So we offer a wide range of technical support services including IBM i, System P, Domino and SQL Server, to proactively monitor the availability and performance of your systems within a fixed price contract.

The key to our Application Support is that it’s ‘tailored’ to your exact requirements, with the flexibility to increase the resources and hours of cover as required.

With a Life support contract, you have access to a multi-skilled team with hardware, operating system and application skills as well as the latest IBM i certifications.

We provide any combination of application, operational and technical support, no matter how current your environment is and no matter how long support is projected for.

Life IT offer bespoke managed Microsoft SQL Server support services which are tailored to our customer’s requirements to ensure their systems are optimized, stable and secure, as well as prepared for future upgrades and updates.

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