One of the main benefits of computer databases is that they make it easy to store information so it is quick and easy to find. For example, if you have music files on your computer, a media application like iTunes, Windows Media Player or Google Music organises that data so it is easy for you to quickly search for the artist or songs you want.
Most websites use databases to store data. Social networking sites use databases to store data about millions of users, along with photographs and other information about themselves and others.
Sport teams use data in performance analysis. Players and managers can use data to monitor levels of fitness and learn how to improve their skills.
Databases are also used to store data about weather patterns - which can then be used with software models to predict future events. Even data from internet search terms can be useful. For example, the Google Analytics database helped to successfully predict flu outbreaks around the world.
Databases can also be created and organised using programming languages. Languages like SQL, Visual Basic and Delphi are used to edit databases. Using programming languages means that you can customise a database to do exactly as you want.