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Hi, @Tayler Odling

It isn't the best idea, even though it might seem like a simple and effective solution. SharePoint was intended to store the documents centrally. So, it lacks various aspects of a complete database solution, for example: 

  • SharePoint doesn't offer an organization that database should have. In SharePoint, one-to-one, one-to-many, many-to-many relationships are impossible.
  • SharePoint can't handle significant volumes of data. It isn't recommended to have more than 2000 items on a list.
  • SharePoint can't roll back changes. It doesn't offer the rollback of transactions.

Of course, if you simply need structured storage for a few documents, SharePoint can work well in this case, but it isn't a solution for bigger volumes and crucial data. You can check a more detailed explanation in our blog post https://www.nakivo.com/blog/why-you-shouldnt-use-sharepoint-online-as-a-database/

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