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When does a DBMS become necessary/very useful to use in conjunction with ArcGIS? (rather than doing everything with ArcGIS)

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All GIS work I have done has been in a non- team atmosphere. I usually use just ArcGIS to manage tables without also seeing the data through something like MySQL or Access. It seems managable - it is very possible to setup a whole spatial relational database without ever leaving ArcGIS software. I am wondering what is the big advantage to leaving the ArcGIS environment to accomplish such a task? I assume that using a DBMS in conjunction with a GIS system is something that becomes more worthwhile/ useful / time saving when there is more than 1 person working on the project? Am I right in this assumption? Are there any other factors at play? Any insight greatly appreciated!
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