Re: Spreadsheet != Database
"We have a student DB, but it's unwieldy, slow and crap. To get any changes made to it, you have to get the developer in to do a analysis, then the design, then the development, etc before it can be finally added and used."
I wonder why anybody does analysis and design. Could it be to try to prevent this sort of thing?
By letting - yes, there's an element of permission there, even if only be default - short-cuts to be taken your student DB is prevented from being improved. And so your management paints itself further into a corner so that, assuming you're in Europe, one day you find that you didn't really save money, all you did was postpone it until it was drained away in a big fine.