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Why Organizations Use Databases
Most large organizations could not exist without databases, which are huge collections of data that are organized so that information can be located and retrieved quickly. Although Microsoft Excel is an excellent tool for calculating data, database applications such as Microsoft Access are more suited for storing vast amounts of records. In Access, data are stored in tables. Once the tables are created, the user can analyze thousands of records through queries, forms, and reports. A query is used to quickly locate information in one or more databases. For example, a query could be used to find all of the customers who live in a particular city, or even the address of a single customer among thousands of records. A form is a screen into which data can be entered and then stored in the database. For example, for online purchases, customers enter credit card and shipping information into a form that stores the information in the company’s database. A report presents specific data in a readable format. For example, a clothing company could create a report that only presents sales and inventory data for blue T-shirts.
Large organizations use Access databases in the following ways:
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