11 Points to Consider When Choosing a Database Solution for the Mining Industry

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Shaurya Poddar
December 8, 2021
5 mins to read
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The biggest challenge for the mining industry today is data handling and management. With no room for mistakes, companies are now actively looking for a reliable database solution. 

However, with more than hundreds of unique solutions available, the search process is getting trickier every day. Here are the 11 things that companies are recommended to consider while on the lookout for a reliable database solution.

Input of Data

The primary task of any database management system is to allow the input of data as easily as possible. It must also provide the ability to set and define dynamic validations on data entry to ensure quality data. However, data type differs from one industry to another which arises the difficulty of choice. If we look at the mining industry, it mainly deals with geological data. So, mining professionals can look for a database solution that gives them the liberty to incorporate all data types.

Usability

Every successive process of mining deals with massive amounts of data, it is important that professionals fall in love with their database solution. Usability is a general feature that almost every database must have. So, make sure your ideal solution possesses user-friendly properties. Besides, it is important to choose a database that works for you as well as your entire team.

Cost and Suitability

While cost is an obvious factor, the suitability of the database must not be overlooked. Your decision should primarily be based on how suitable a solution is, rather than the cost of the product. Investing in a low-cost solution is fine as long it serves the purpose. Otherwise, you will be devoting time and effort only to realize later that the database solution is not fulfilling.

Data Governance

Data governance is the process where the collection and storage of data are complete, consistent, and secure. It is again an essential feature to look for, as this particularly helps in ensuring that data is consistent and trustworthy. Typically, data governance should allow ease in audit to ensure there is no scope for mistakes.

Reporting and Visualization

Displaying and analyzing reports is an essential part of all business organizations. Make sure you review the ease of this process before finalizing your database solution. Besides that, a suitable database solution will give you the liberty to visually present your reports to the team in a way that is easy to understand.

Security

Ditch the system that seems like a threat to your personal and business data. Providing security to your data is among the primary objective of any database solution. Generally, a reliable solution provides the ability to allow permissions to users at different levels. This helps in ensuring that no unintentional data corruption or theft happens.

Support and Development

Once you are happy with your database system selection, it is time to check a couple more things before making the final call. For instance, does the company provide any after-sale support? Or is there any development that makes the software technologically up-to-date always?

Integration

The idea is to make things less complicated, and an integrated database solution is the need of the hour. Make sure that the solution you opt for supports all your pre-existing business software. Moreover, the integration can be direct or with the help of open-source code. In whichever way, it is better to overlook solutions that lack such features.

Scalability

Your business will eventually grow and so will your data. A reliable solution will not hamper your performance as the data required in the company grows. Instead, it would help you manage your data in an easy and organized way. So, whatever is the amount of data, the ideal database system will help you gather and update your data as per the plan.

Hosting

The speed, cost, security, and the need for support highly depends on the location of your system. Your data can be hosted in the cloud, or in-server on-site, or maybe on the server in headquarters. So, having prior knowledge about the location will help you swiftly finalize a suitable database solution for your business.

Updates

Companies thrive to make your database experience remarkable. And to ensure that your experience is never below awesome, constant updates are released. However, you might want to look into aspects like the frequency and type of data update, and will these updates be managed by you?

Every database is specifically designed to meet the needs of individuals. However, the choice of your database solution should be typically based on the data type and how you want to use it. You can use the points mentioned above to analyze and choose a solution that suits your needs perfectly.

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Shaurya Poddar
Helping miners and explorers be efficient | Founder @ WorkOnGrid, talks about #growthmindset, #nocodelowcode, #enterprisetech, and #operationsmanagement‍
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