Microsoft Access Database Programming Services

Microsoft® Access is a very flexible relational database management solution (RDBMS). It has a similar look and feel and integrates well with other products in the Microsoft Office Suite, and comes packaged with Microsoft Office Professional.

While MS Access has its limitations, if you require an economical, feature-rich desktop database application, it is difficult to find a better tool for the job than MS Access.

Relational Database Design Expertise

Not surprisingly, the quality of Access database applications can be quite variable. A good understanding of relational database design and VBA coding is required to ensure high caliber and longevity of your project. This includes use of data normalization, naming standards, coding standards, and standard methodologies.

Designed well, the Microsoft Access database platform provides many efficient methods to model an application interface to support complex business processes and workflows, and is usually sufficient for many small to medium-sized project needs.

So how can LoveYourSolutions provide effective Access database programming for you? Examples include: database redesign/upgrade, converting Excel to Access, connecting to other databases, automating Access with vba, database prototyping, and more.

Database Redesign/Upgrade

Do you have an existing Microsoft Access database application that has outgrown the original builder's abilities? Perhaps it was created in a prior version and needs to be upgraded?

These Access database applications may not be normalized and may have irregular programming, but often we can take advantage of the foundation and groundwork already there when we work with you to redesign the database application and take it to the next level.

Convert Excel to Access

As your list-based information becomes more complex, it becomes more difficult to search and summarize your data. To gain greatest benefit from that data, often it makes good business sense to transition to normalized relational tables that can be queried and managed with increased efficiency.

Data can be imported into Microsoft Access from many data formats so your existing electronic data is often not lost. This feature alone can save hundreds of data input hours.

Connect to Other Databases

Effective information management is critical to productivity. Do you have existing data in other databases but need to navigate, combine, and update information from these multiple data sources? Do you need more effective tools to analyze it in order to make more informed decisions?

Microsoft Access programming services may be just what you need. The Access database engine can work with its own native tables or with tables it links to using Open Database Connectivity (ODBC) drivers.

Even when the data resides on other platforms, MS Access forms, reports, and queries are excellent tools for creating user interfaces with that data. These features make Access a good choice as a front end for larger, more sophisticated database systems.

Automating Access with VBA and Macros

Macros and Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) code can be used for performing common operations, such as opening forms and reports, executing queries, finding records, perform complex data processing or importing and exporting data. These programming elements can be set to run automatically in response to a wide range of user actions.

Database Prototyping

Are you unsure of how to design your database structure, but know you eventually want your data to be stored in an enterprise database platform?

Keep your costs down by using Microsoft Access for agile and rapid application development. Take advantage of the natural flexibility of Access database structure and design features for a practical approach to relational database design.

For many database applications, Access can be used to get the job done faster and therefore less expensively, while fully meeting the requirements.

Access Database Key Limitations

Applications that must support larger populations of users (e.g. more than 15-20 concurrent users), or that require very high levels of reliability or security are usually not good candidates for development in Access.

While Microsoft states that individual Access databases are limited to 2GB maximum size, effective size limits for individual databases are difficult to quantify. Assessment depends strongly on the complexity of the database structure and queries and how well it has been designed.

In some cases, the scalability, availability, reliability, or security requirements of your project may demand a server-based engine such as Microsoft SQL Server™, Oracle® or open source MySQL.