The art of designing a good database schema is like landing an aircraft. It is fairly easy to start and relatively difficult to master. However, a good relational model is what makes your database great and powerful. Creating a good table layout for your PostgreSQL database requires a fair amount of theoretical and practical knowledge. Expertise in database modeling is definitely needed. The necessity of expertise is not only requisite in the relational database world – even in a NoSQL environment, designing a database properly is certainly required.
Proper database normalization
In the relational world, it is usually a good idea to use so called “normalization” to fix your data structure. Normalization is the process of organizing columns and tables in a way to reduce data redundancy and to improve data integrity at the same time.
Academia suggest so called “Normal forms”, which should be followed in order to create a good, future proof and solid data model. This does not allow for errors and ensures proper storage of the most valuable commodity in your company: High quality data.
Optimizing columns and tables
Having a fully functional and correct data model is already a good start. However, if you want to have a really great model there is a lot more to consider. In many cases, small changes can produce a huge benefit.
For example: Did you know that even the order of columns can make a real difference? Did you know that arranging columns in a clever way can speed up your database and reduce the storage footprint of your table? If you want to know more, check out the following blog post we have published some time ago: Shrinking storage footprint
There is a lot more to know about data modeling in PostgreSQL databases. Every database has its special way of doing things internally and we are more than willing to show our knowledge in this area.
What Cybertec can do for you
A lot has been written about the usefulness of normalization and day modelling. If you are still uncertain how to optimize models and how to get the best out of PostgreSQL, we provide services to companies around the world. These include but is not limited to:
- Creation of PostgreSQL data models
- Review of existing models
- Optimizations of data models
- Porting models from Oracle, MS SQL, etc. to PostgreSQL
- Fixing and optimizing data types
We have years of expertise in the field and know how the database core engine treats data structures. Gain access to years of experience and contact us today.
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