Choosing a database development and management tool does not need to be a complicated process, but you should at least determine what features are important and would be most productive on a day-to-day basis. Most tools have many features that you may never use, but the vendors built them into the application based on some user request and it may be a feature that could be useful in the future.
These are several considerations to think about when selecting a tool or tools for your database needs. We think most of the items listed above are things you would use daily, but we are sure there are other things you may need from time to time. When evaluating and selecting a tool, think about the features you are going to be using the most and whether those features are available in the tool of choice. A suitable tool can make all the difference in your day-to-day activities.
Read the 8-page whitepaper “Key Considerations for Selecting a Database Tool” by Greg Robidoux to discover some tasks that database professionals deal with and things to consider when selecting a tool. This includes the database platforms, operating systems, query tools, visual query building tools, visual query results, quick and simple data editing, data imports and exports, object scripting, comparison tools, query history, search tools, and support and updates.