What's the most efficient way to get your data in and out of a SQL database? How can you make the data accessible and editable by anyone in your team? Well, you're probably going to need to build an internal tool! This blog post will show you how, at a high level.
There are many different types of internal tools that you can build. You might want to create a reporting tool for your marketing team, or maybe you need a way to quickly get customer data visible for your customer support team. Or, any number of business apps to help your colleagues manipulate data.
No matter what your needs are, there's a good chance that you can build an internal tool to help you out, and all you need is your existing sql server database (and some existing sql server data).
Creating a new internal tool can be tedious and time-consuming. It usually involves writing a bunch of custom queries to do different tasks, and sometimes you might need to write a few scripts for storing and retrieving data in order to generate your report or dashboard.
This post will walk you through each step at a high level, to help you get started building custom internal tools (or internal apps, depending on your needs).
Our example uses Salesforce as our data source, but you can use any SQL database with the steps below. Or, if you have more advanced needs you could use multiple data sources and combine them
It can't be understated: great internal tools need great database architecture as a foundation.
The first step is to create a table in your SQL database that will hold your data. The table needs to have at least the following fields: ID, Name, and EmailAddress. You can add as many other fields as you like, but these are the basic ones that we'll need.
Once the table is created, you need to load your data into it. We'll be using the following SQL query to do this:
This query uses the following syntax: