Microsoft Access and Microsoft SQL Server in combination are extensively serving small businesses since 1997 in getting their business processes automated and staying ahead in this competitive world. In the same timeline, we are offering our software/database development services since 1998. We have exposure to all the flavors of MS Access (Access97 to the latest one).
What makes Microsoft Access the king of small business applications is its legendary power of customization. One can use any database product to create a list of customer orders, but Microsoft Access is the only database that offers you the facility to easily build a fully featured user interface (Form/Page/Report) in a matter of few clicks or few seconds. Microsoft Access can extend its capability by connecting with all possible data sources.
There is hardly any business that does not use Microsoft Access (along with MS Word/MS Excel/Outlook). What makes us the most in-demand talent for office automation is our ability to use the best-offered features of Microsoft Access & Microsoft SQL Server and stitch them nicely with MS Word/MS Excel/MS Outlook to fully automate all kinds of business processes, ultimately leading to the building of a smarter software solution.
Server-based databases like Microsoft SQL Server, My SQL, and Oracle are much more complex to set up and maintain but they provide enhanced performance and rock-solid stability, even when thousands of people use them at once. Whereas Microsoft Access is a client-side database that offers lesser capability but a higher level of simplicity and ease of use. We provide the best of both worlds based on project size/requirements.
Regarding the right database selection criteria, it depends on the complexity of the business and the number of users of the projected application. We can use MS Access for simpler/smaller applications whereas the need for using SQL Server to handle complex and large-sized systems will arise later. If you are projecting to put the database in the cloud so that you can access the application remotely (from any location), then your choices are Microsoft SQL Server and MySQL.
Some people doubt the capabilities of Microsoft Access VBA and its suitability for large applications. It’s not a reality but a myth because of their insufficient exposure to the technology. We have used Microsoft Access VBA to such an extent that we can claim that we can develop a solution of any kind/size with this technology. We have successfully developed many large-sized enterprise-level applications using this (500+ Forms, 500+ Reports, 100+ Users, and 20+ GBs database). We can be contacted to get any kind of advice on Microsoft Access VBA.
A Pleasing GUI is everybody's dream. We have tried several GUIs considering them to be pleasing as well as productive and have come up with three top-rated GUIs preferred by most customers. We try to present the whole key information on a single screen so that it is easy for decision-making and data entry. We make sure that information should be accessible with the least number of clicks.
We have developed many screens/ways to quickly search the desired records or filter the data based on some given parameters like date range, transaction status, entity active/inactive, amount range, etc. The purpose of such a quick search/filter is to provide desired data (belonging to one category) and show them together on one screen so that further action can be performed on such data such as printing reports or updating status etc.
Reports are the end products with which businesses interact with their customers on data today bases. If reports are well designed and present data properly they help in building a business's professional image in the external world. Report designing is something we take as a challenge and try our best to create eye-catching reports.
Great experience in data processing to extract KPIs (extracting knowledge out of data) and show the same in the form of graphs (PI Chart, Bar Chart, Line Diagram, etc). We also have great experience in designing intuitive reports having loads of data (including header/footer sections), exporting such reports to PDFs, and emailing the same.
A large number of companies have started demanding the need of putting databases online. We have attained expertise in accomplishing this task through all kinds of possible methods available in the market. We can work on any kind of architecture available in the market and deliver you the results.
The right method for putting a database online while developing frontend in MS Access is today’s most discussed issue in the MS Access world. The right strategy can bring you success in the long term whereas a wrong decision can cost you money/time/resources and a setback. Here are the possible ways available with their merits and demerits.
When we talk about moving an Access database to the cloud, we need to use SQL Server as the backend which must be hosted in the cloud. This modification process needs two-way modifications to the application.
Moving data from one place to another or from one format to another is something all businesses do on a daily basis to understand data from different perspectives. They also require such activity to perform the exchange of data with different stakeholders or to feed data into third-party applications. Such task is also needed for importing/exporting data to/from CNC Machines for properly automating their processes and their interaction with the software application. For marketing purposes too, businesses need contacts to be automatically crawled from the internet. Though not a core activity but data exchange/extraction, still being an important activity of a business, we have earned expertise in this area.
In the context of migration of the database to a new SQL Server, it is not just about moving the database. We need to move the users' accounts too. Though users are available in the database too, the new SQL Server will not allow the creation of server-level users until the pre-existing database users are not dropped. If we drop any database users, all their database roles will also get dropped. So, it will be a whole new work for creating users, granting DB access, and assigning the proper role. Instead, we have created scripts that can automatically restore all users (with their roles) properly. Users those were trusted users (windows active directory users), will have no issue balance, whereas, for non-trusted users (SQL Server Users), the login password will be reset. If you are holding application users in a table (with passwords), then there will not be any such impact.
As the project grows, the need arises to migrate Microsoft Access Database to SQL Server. Though readymade tools are available for this task, to utilize the ultimate performance of SQL Server, there is a need for Microsoft Access and SQL Server Professionals who can set everything in proper shape.
It’s not just the functionality, but performance too which is an important aspect of any software application designed using Microsoft Access VBA having SQL server as the database server. When an application starts responding slower than human reflexes, it starts frustrating its users as their valuable time gets wasted because of an ill-designed application.
We have worked on several projects struggling with performance-related issues and delivered successful results. Performance tuning is a complex issue and needs spending a fairly good amount of time as there are many factors that can downgrade the application performance and each one’s effect needs to be studied.
Performance enhancement is such a subject in which we have to be vigilant and look into all the corners (Hardware, Network, Server, and Local Applications). There are some areas in SQL Server that can attribute to the awful performance of applications if not set up properly. Sometimes developers do not architect applications properly and there are many areas that should be taken into account to achieve a good level of performance. Before starting the work, we take an overview of the whole system and the problem areas so that we can prepare some strategies beforehand.
Each organization needs some tools to manage its team and to check the health of the business. To handle such needs, we design screens through which an administrator can keep eye on users and manage their permissions, etc. We also develop screens to check the business health.
We cannot think of any business without documents as they act as legal proof for any business transaction. The number of documents keeps on increasing as time passes and the business grows, which ultimately turns into a pile of files too hard to manage/search. We provide end-to-end services to manage these documents smartly using Microsoft Access VBA.