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DB Freedom – a Mobile, Ad-hoc Query Tool

June 29, 2015

Let’s say you have a need to find out what customers have reported problems with their purchases recently.  It is all in a database and if you were at your desk there is a nice tool for accessing this… but it isn’t a web app and you can’t use it from your iPad.

Sure, the company has been talking about getting a mobile development company to build some apps for use by sales, but so far it hasn’t happened yet.  Because it is considered a nice-to-have it is always the first thing to get cut from the budget.

So, what can you do?  Well, DB Freedom is an easy-to-use tool that is suitable for sales people to be able interrogate databases from an iPad.  It shows you the databases that are available, shows you the tables and columns that are available and helps you to build “queries” that go against the live database.  You want to know what customers have reported a problem in the last month so if you call on them you aren’t taken by surprise with outstanding issues?  Easy.  This is the sort of thing that can be done in a few minutes with DB Freedom.

No, you can’t make changes this way.  And it is secure, so important company information isn’t going to be leaking out.  It works with Wi-Fi and cellular connected iPad devices right now with Android support coming in the future.

See more information about this on the InfinaDyne web page.

I have mentioned DB Freedom before, but there has been an important new part to this story.  Previously, the only way it worked was to have each user running a database connector application on their office computer.  This creates some overhead and can introduce some rather unexpected network traffic if there are a lot of users.

There is now an alternative to this one-user-one-PC approach.  The Enterprise Server.  What this does is consolidate all of the “user PC” database access into one server.  It improves the response time of the mobile app and it cuts out all the network traffic going to and from individual user PCs.

The Enterprise Server is designed for companies that have at least 10 users of DB Freedom and can benefit from consolidating the network traffic and such into one server.  Obviously, it requires the IT folks to get involved and set this up, unlike the individual access that is part of the DB Freedom app.  It requires very little attention to manage so it should be IT friendly.

Contact InfinaDyne for more information about DB Freedom and how it can help you.

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