Research shows that cars remain parked for 95% of their lifetime, suggesting that parking lot management systems should be smart, efficient, and robust. In this article, we’ll construct a data model for such a system.IntroductionBefore we begin constructing our data model, we should first understand how parking lots are structured and how they operate. Let’s take a brief look at these two key areas.How are parking lots structured?A typical parking lot consists of one or more blocks that are further subdivided into floors. Each floor contains multiple wings that help drivers orient themselves and remember their parking spots. These are usually labeled with letters, such as “A”, “B”, “C”, and so on. A floor usually has a height limit that restricts certain vehicles from entering the parking lot. Additionally, a floor contains several uniquely numbered parking slots. Some of these slots are reserved for handicapped people; others can be reserved by regular visitors at a certain cost.
Life insurance is something we all hope we won’t need, but as we know, life is unpredictable. In this article, we’ll focus on formulating a data model that a life insurance company may use to store its information.Life Insurance as a ConceptBefore we start discussing the actual data model for a life insurance company, we’ll briefly remind ourselves of what insurance is and how it works so we have a better idea of what we’re working with.
Keeping up with the latest changes in technology is necessary if you want to get ahead in today’s competitive job market. In this article, we’ll build a data model for online portals that offer a more engaging platform for learning new skills, using Native Monks as our guide.IntroductionIn one of our recent articles , we built a working data model for an e-learning portal, and we explained how courses can be split into recorded/transcript lessons and made available to students. However, there are some who’d prefer to learn directly from teachers in more engaging, personal sessions. Unlike platforms such as Udemy and Coursera, Native Monks allows students to hire teachers (either locally or online) and to learn skills directly from them in one-on-one classes that are administered either online or in person.
Mail delivery, in spite our dependence on email, is still alive and well. What kind of data model supports your local mail delivery?A few decades ago, mail (not email) was one of the most important ways to communicate. We received all kinds of mail, from bills and advertisements to letters and invitations. Maybe you got mail from long-lost relatives in Australia or even a Nigerian prince with an unbelievable fortune just waiting for you 😊. Email is faster and cheaper, but I still have some nostalgia for the excitement of my daily mail delivery.
Sometimes you need a break and you don’t want to travel all that far to get one. Why not go to a local or county club? We look at a data model to help county clubs everywhere stay organized.Imagine that you’re in southeast England, somewhere in East Sussex or West Sussex or Kent. The grass is just the right length, the tea is the perfect temperature, and it’s raining a little. A usual day, but a little bit boring. What to do? Why not go to the local county club to meet your friends? Maybe there is an activity going on.
Using a mobile app to hire builders, landscapers, and other skilled professionals makes taking care of property less of a hassle. In this article, we look at a data model to support such an app.Is it easy for you to hire a plumber, handyman, or electrician? Most people would say no! That’s why there are several apps and services that match service professionals with buyers.These apps are based on a simple, one-platform concept. On one side, this platform verifies professionals’ credentials, gives them a way to find customers, and collects buyers’ reviews and ratings when the job is done. On the other side, it allows buyers to find a provider, set up an appointment or reserve a time slot, and negotiate a price for work to be done. The object of this platform is to enable people to hire high-quality, trusted professionals that will work within a specific budget. And because it’s done via an app, it’s about as easy as it can be.
Pet care is a huge industry. Is there a data model that can help pet owners and professionals manage their activities? There is now!Many people share their lives with cats, dogs, birds, and other animals. (I once had a pigeon for a while, until its wing mended.) What a lot of pet owners don’t realize is just how big a business pet care is. In the United States, pet owners spent $66.75
Most of us are familiar with the apartment rental process. But what does it take to run a leasing office? In this article, we look at a data model designed to do just that.Earlier, we explained a data model for a website that lists residential rental units like apartments. In many countries, apartments are managed by a leasing company. This company handles the entire rental experience, from processing the initial renter application to performing maintenance work on the property.
What goes into marketing a business? And what data model could a marketing agency use to run their organization? Read this article to find out!Marketing, especially digital marketing, is everywhere. Digital is probably going to be the primary form of marketing in the future: businesses can collect an enormous amount of this data, easily transform it, and use it to reach potential customers. Plus, digital marketing is effective.
Shopping centers are fun to visit and complicated to run. In this article, we look at a data model capable of helping us manage a shopping center.We shop at shopping centers (also called shopping malls or just malls), but we also go there to see a movie, eat at a restaurant, or hang out with our friends and drink coffee. Just about every city or large town has a shopping center. They provide many different services and we take them for granted. I’d say that my older readers don’t remember what life was like without the local shopping mall, and the younger ones can’t even imagine it. 😉
E-learning (or online learning) offers people a flexible and cost-effective way to pick up new skills. What’s behind these popular portals?Online learning has become an attractive way for busy people to expand their educational and technical horizons. Being able to learn what you need, at your own pace, and on your own schedule is appealing. Plus, these courses are priced much lower than their traditional counterparts. Since there are no classrooms, no full-time instructors, and a high reusability factor (once a course is produced, it can be accessed by many learners), online courses are very cost-effective.
How does the self-storage business work? Why might someone need such a service? And what kind of data model could run it?Self-storage facilities allow people to rent a space to store their extra belongings. Depending on where you live, you may or may not be familiar with the idea. Personally, I knew that self-storage facilities existed, but I never cared much about them. I simply had no need for such a service. This industry is very popular in the USA and Australia, but it has expanded to Europe and other continents as well.