My organization is considering making the switch to a relational database model for our data architecture. We're a small nonprofit with program management and evaluation data currently built on a complexifying ecosystem of spreadsheets. I'm aware that we could set up a managed relational database in the cloud for free through services like Azure or AWS, but the issue is that we do not have anyone on staff with the skills of a DBA. (Similarly, we do not have an IT department.) How does a small organization like ours make the switch from Google Sheets to SQL Server or something similar?
Are there any tools or tutorials that make setup and management straightforward for someone who is at least familiar with running queries in SQL? Any services that we could access for free or low cost to help with setup, security, and maintenance?
Any suggestions you have would be greatly appreciated!