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Many of us (those older than 35?) grew up using Microsoft Excel to manage and track all sorts of data. Excel is very simple to use, you just type and press enter and it automatically keeps everything in order.

However, a true database, is really what you should use to enable customer lists, inventory, employee records and all sorts of other data to be easily stored and mined for information.

While software databases, such as Microsoft Access and FileMaker Pro are still popular, the use of hosted databases is becoming the rule for many smaller businesses.

ZD Net reported that Google Base is now being replaced with Google Merchant center, for those with products.

Today collaboration company HyperOffice announced that it has released HyperBase, an online database.

“Spreadsheets and traditional database management software like Microsoft Access lock data away inside one user’s computer,” said Farzin Arsanjani, president of HyperOffice. He added that “HyperBase is an ideal alternative to Microsoft Access and other traditional database software. It moves this data to the web, where it can be shared with colleagues, managers and clients anywhere on the planet, using public web sites, private Intranets and mobile devices, including smartphones.”

If you have been locking your data inside of Excel or a software based database, it’s time to free your data and boost your productivity by using an online database management tool.

You’ll find that not only using a database makes it easier to find the intelligence behind the data in your database, but buy posting it online you can make it instantly and easily accessible to any authorized user.

Other online database vendors include Intuit’s QuickBase, Trackvia, Caspio and DabbleDB