Our clients soon find that the main advantage of having a Bespoke Access Database is the simplicity it brings to everyday acquisition, processing, management and presentation of information. Being able to work with your data easily brings a competitive advantage to any business.
Other benefits of a custom database in Microsoft Access:
- Access is one of the most affordable database technologies on the market for an SME
organisations are not required to purchase MS Access or MS Office Professional licenses to run a database in Access — all you need to run an Access Database is the Microsoft Access Runtime which is free for commercial use. You only pay for having your database developed, with no restrictions..
- MS Access Development cycles are much shorter than other technologies
such as .NET, C or Java. This means that you don’t have to wait for months to start using your database.
- Gentle learning curve
mean users who are familiar with Microsoft Office applications such as Excel and Word will find the Database very intuitive and easy to use.
- Minimal network infrastructure requirements
no need for servers or complex networks — Access Database can run on a Windows based workgroup or domain and can be deployed in no time.
- Excellent data reporting tools
produce impressive reports instantly in Power Point, Word or Excel.
- Outstanding support
supported by one of the biggest software corporations in the world — Microsoft.
- Easy to maintain and support
plenty of skilled professionals have Access experience.
- Access Database will grow with your business
and can be easily and quickly upsized to Microsoft SQL Server once you require more features, performance and reliability.
Find out more about what tasks an Access Database can do for your business. Call us now to discuss your database design requirements
Developing a new database can be a long and involved process. First and foremost, you will have to make a decision as to what database technology or framework you will be using. It is important that you choose a technology that has been around for some time and is likely to stay and evolve in foreseeable future. You have to make sure that you can easily find developers with the right expertise in your area to develop and support your project. When it comes to developing a custom database, one of the most important questions that businesses have to find an answer to is the overall cost of the project. There is always temptation to try free, open source products. In many cases these products are quite good in what they allow you to do. However, business continuity is very important in today’s fast moving environment and business management has to ensure that their database will be compatible with computers and operating systems that will exists in 5-10 years’ time. So, Tip 1: always bank on a reliable, future proof technology.
Microsoft Access and SQL Server database solutions, provided by Inventica, have been around for a few decades. Most business networks today are based on Microsoft Windows operating systems, therefore, by choosing Microsoft Access or SQL Server as your database platform, you get piece of mind knowing that your custom database will continue to work, whatever the next future OS is going to be. Microsoft runs various certification programmes and provides support to developers. You can always find a database specialist in your area by looking up on Microsoft’s website.
The second important question is: how much does a custom database cost? When it comes to pricing, a custom service is not easy to compare as you can’t put a price tag on something intangible. Once you have decided on what technology you are going to use, check hourly or daily rates charged by local developers. We don’t recommend trying to get a fixed price for your database at this stage. Such estimates will be inaccurate and sometimes developers may give you a lower price just to win your business. Remember, a custom database cannot be cheap, but it can be affordable. So if you expect to pay peanuts – you will always get monkeys. If you have a very small budget it might be worth trying an off the shelf solution. When you talk to prospective developers, give them a full description of your project and ask if they have projects with similar functionality in their portfolio. Looking at samples of existing work and checking how much it cost is the best price indictor for your budget. Tip 2: shortlist developers by comparing their hourly/daily rates for database work. Always check their portfolio.
Microsoft Access development platform, from day one, was designed with small business needs in mind. It is powerful and affordable at the same time. Developing custom databases in Access is less time consuming and laborious than any other technology.
Finally, don’t try to address all your functional requirements in one go when designing your database. Database design process should be approached in stages. Design the structure of the database first, define main database entities such as customer, product, sales / purchase order. Specify what fields each database entity should have and how records should be related. Start using the database as soon as you can, don’t wait until the project has been fully completed. This will help you iron out bugs and make various improvements to the database functionality as well as the business logic behind it.