In this day and age when cloud storage and computing is becoming widespread, you need to think about database development and web application development from the web perspective. The biggest advantage of storing your database on the web is worldwide accessibility. You can be in any corner of the globe and still access your database by hooking onto the Internet. If you run a multi-national company, storing data in one central location would also make it available to branch offices located in other countries or continents.
Database driven web applications present their own challenges, and competent developers are required to handle these applications. Here is a brief set of criteria that you can use to choose good database development and web application development companies to handle your requirements.