David Strom over at ReadWriteWeb has a great primer on the range of online database tools on the web. Some of the benefits include:
The process is very straightforward: you either copy and paste data or take your spreadsheet and upload it to the service, after creating accounts for you and your collaborators. Then you can make changes via your Web browser, no other software is required. Some of the services allow for more bells and whistles. Setup time is minimal; your data is properly protected by the service and safe from harm. And you don’t need to learn any Web/database programming skills either.
Right now, many organizations are looking to move away from spreadsheets for record management and process tracking, so it’s a good time to start finding a better way to collaborate around information. After all, there are risks abound with emailing data back and forth or relying on spreadsheets with unknown data quality.
This analysis was based on what David and RWW examined in mid June 2011. He encourages companies to do spend some of time checking out particular features that are deal-makers or breakers. You can do so with LongJump’s free trial program for 14-days. Of course, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact our App Geniuses for help. Moving from a spreadsheet to a database can be tricky when you start modeling your data in a more optimized way.