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Now that I have a better idea of how databases work, I want to using them at work.  There are two things I do by hand that I think could be greatly enhanced by using a databases.  The first is tracking computer deployments. We have specialized software that is deployed on certain PCs, and right now I track all of them by hand using various spreadsheets. This works, but it isn't exactly ideal.

The other thing that would benefit from some databasin' is the employee directory. There are a bunch of things we track and put on the intranet about employees, and it's all done in separate documents by hand.  Email lists, a list of birthdays, a photo directory with phone numbers and a phone directory without pictures. It occurred to me during the database class I took that it's madness that I'm tracking this stuff by hand. This is, literally, what databases were designed for.

My biggest hurdle at the moment is mostly inexperience mixed with fighting the inertia of not doing it. I'm trying to be good and actually plan it out instead of just rushing in and making a bunch of mistakes. I've heard, though, that doing things like this have to be done 3 times to get it right. I'm wondering if maybe I should just plow ahead and screw it all up. Then again, the 3-time theory probably doesn't work that way. I don't want to be the guy that has to do it 4 times.

I'll try to catalogue my trials and tribulations implementing these systems at work. I'm not too clear on how specific I can (or should) get about things like that on here. I think it's best to play it on the safe side, at least for now.

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