Choose Index below for a list of all words and phrases defined in this glossary.

Database Management System (DBMS)

index | Index

Database Management System (DBMS) - definition(s)

Database Management System (DBMS) - Also called a database manager. An integrated collection of programs designed to enable people to design databases, enter and maintain data, and perform queries.

[Category=Database Management ]

Source: Northwest Database Services, 08 November 2009 09:51:13, External

These advertisers support this free service

Database Management System (DBMS) - A software system that facilitates the creation and maintenance of a database or databases, and the execution of computer programs using the database or databases. See also Relational Database Management System (RDBMS).

[Category=Data Governance ]

Source: The Data Governance Institute, 29 November 2009 09:51:37, External

Database Management System (DBMS) - The software that is used to store, access, and manage data.

There are two main types of Database Management Systems used for business intelligence and data warehousing - specialized Multidimensional Database Management Systems (MDBMS) and the more widely used general purpose Relational Database Management Systems (RDBMS).

[Category=Data Warehousing ]

Source: SDG Computing Inc., 07 May 2010 07:50:58, SDG Computing, now offline

Database Management System - A program that lets one or more computer users create and access data in a database.

[Category=Data Cleansing ]

Source: X4DB, 18 May 2010 09:10:57, External

Database Management Systems - A set of software modules which are used to manipulate and manage (create, read, update, and delete) data elements within one or more databases.

[Category=Data Warehousing ]

Source:, 26 July 2010 08:41:21, External

Database Management System (DBMS) - A software environment that structures and manipulates data, and ensures Data Security_, recovery, and integrity.

[Category=Data Warehousing ]

Source: Aexis Business Intelligence, 27 November 2010 12:47:06, External

DBMS - Database management system. DBMS sometimes refers to the software that contains and organizes the data, and sometimes refers to an organizational plan for the use of information within a single project, or within one unit or the whole of an organization.

[Category=Geospatial ]

Source: Open Geospatial Consortium, 10 June 2011 08:56:54, External

Database management system (DBMS) - A software application that is used to create, maintain and provide controlled access to databases.

[Category=Data Quality ]

Source: DAMA UK, 16 July 2011 08:03:48, External

Database Management System (DBMS) - A software package that controls the creation, maintenance, and the use of a database.

[Category=Direct Marketing ]

Source: Digital Formatting Services, 23 December 2011 09:11:06, External

database management system - [database structures] A set of software applications used to create and maintain databases according to a schema. Database management systems provide tools for adding, storing, changing, deleting, and retrieving data.

[Category=Geospatial ]

Source: esri, 18 March 2012 08:11:57, External 

database management system (DBMS) - A database management system (DBMS), sometimes just called a database manager, is a program that lets one or more computer users create and access data in a database. The DBMS manages user requests (and requests from other programs) so that users and other programs are free from having to understand where the data is physically located on storage media and, in a multi-user system, who else may also be accessing the data. In handling user requests, the DBMS ensures the integrity of the data (that is, making sure it continues to be accessible and is consistently organized as intended) and security (making sure only those with access privileges can access the data). The most typical DBMS is a relational database management system (RDBMS). A standard user and program interface is the Structured Query Language (SQL). A newer kind of DBMS is the object-oriented database management system (ODBMS).

A DBMS can be thought of as a file manager that manages data in databases rather than files in file systems. In IBM's mainframe operating systems, the nonrelational data managers were (and are, because these legacy application systems are still used) known as access methods.

A DBMS is usually an inherent part of a database product. On PCs, Microsoft Access is a popular example of a single- or small-group user DBMS. Microsoft's SQL Server is an example of a DBMS that serves database requests from multiple (client) users. Other popular DBMSs (these are all RDBMSs, by the way) are IBM's DB2, Oracle's line of database management products, and Sybase's products.

IBM's Information Management System (IMS) was one of the first DBMSs. A DBMS may be used by or combined with transaction managers, such as IBM's Customer Information Control System (CICS).

Related glossary terms: relational database, flat file

[Category=Data Management ]

Source:, 25 July 2013 08:24:45, External

Database Management System – collecting, storing and providing access of data.

[Category=Big Data ]

Source: BigData-Startup, 24 September 2013 09:03:19, External  

database management system (DBMS) - Software that collects and provides access to data in a structured format.

[Category=Big Data ]

Source: DataInformed, 21 October 2013 10:02:20, External

Data Quality Glossary.  A free resource from GRC Data Intelligence. For comments, questions or feedback: