There was a day when Microsoft Access was incredibly frustrating. I spent days looking around the software in an attempt to find the functions and flexibility that I needed. Access was the only affordable solution for me, but it didn’t do everything I needed it to do. Back then, in the 1990s, software was incredibly expensive… as it is still today. Microsoft Access, as part of Microsoft Office Professional, is accessible and already on most of our computers. The software today has come on leaps and bounds. It is much better than that software that I struggled within the 1990s, and Microsoft has done a great job of getting it to a position where it is versatile enough for most business requirements.
So let’s take a look at some of the advantages that I have found in Microsoft Access.
It is possible to connect Microsoft Access with other databases. For example, it is possible to use Access as the front-end and plug into database applications that are more scalable at the back-end, such as Microsoft SQL Server.
It is easy to deploy. Even sharing the database is simple and can be achieved in several ways. It is set up to work with your local area network. Of course, it’s also easily integrated with your other Microsoft software and can be tied into Excel and pivot tables in just a click or two. The development time is far decreased over most other alternatives. Objects and components are off the shelf, and wizards and templates are there, ready for you to get going.
Reporting is simple and effective. The built-in reporting tools available in Microsoft Access are a real positive aspect. There are very few database applications that have such excellent reporting features built-in.
The DBA programming feature provides professional, functional, and refined database systems. It really is possible to take the software and use it for some comprehensive requirements. It’s not as limited as it was back in the 1990s.
Finally, this is the most cost-effective way to get your database up and running in a flexible, scalable, and usable fashion. On top of all this, it is something that can be managed in-house in most circumstances with consultancy and guidance from consultants. As Microsoft Access has improved as software, functionality has been added and it has become a really powerful system. With both 2007 and 2010, Microsoft Access has great web flexibility, meaning you can share over the Internet as well as your Local Area Network. Certainly, the software has moved with the times and it now is a perfect solution for many businesses.