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Likelihood to Recommend

Airtable

Any sort of database--keeping records of all of our volunteers, recipients, organizations, etc
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Microsoft Access

Microsoft Access is great for integrating with .NET for both stand-alone and web-based solutions. Since it is so widely-used, it is fairly easy to find people in your existing work pool who can use it, and also easier to find new applicants who can hit the ground running with this technology. It is terrific for small businesses or small departments within larger organizations who want to be in control of their own simple projects and prototyping. It is well-suited for environments where security is locked down but employees still need to accomplish simple programming tasks.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Project Management

Airtable
8.1
Microsoft Access
Task Management
Airtable
8.3
Microsoft Access
Resource Management
Airtable
9.1
Microsoft Access
Gantt Charts
Airtable
7.4
Microsoft Access
Scheduling
Airtable
8.4
Microsoft Access
Workflow Automation
Airtable
7.7
Microsoft Access
Team Collaboration
Airtable
8.8
Microsoft Access
Support for Agile Methodology
Airtable
7.9
Microsoft Access
Support for Waterfall Methodology
Airtable
7.7
Microsoft Access
Document Management
Airtable
8.1
Microsoft Access
Email integration
Airtable
7.3
Microsoft Access
Mobile Access
Airtable
7.9
Microsoft Access
Timesheet Tracking
Airtable
8.0
Microsoft Access
Change request and Case Management
Airtable
8.1
Microsoft Access
Budget and Expense Management
Airtable
8.2
Microsoft Access

Pros

  • very intuitive and simple to use
  • bug-free
  • we are able to formulate it for our needs instead of fitting into someone else's idea of what we need
  • usable across multiple platforms and devices--desktops, laptops, iphones.
  • editing in real time, and several viewers viewing screens from remote locations
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  • Microsoft Access is great at cranking out quick solutions for simple programming problems
  • Once Access has been learned, the same concepts are readily transferable to create more complex VBA macros in Excel, Word, and other Microsoft Office products.
  • It is easy to integrate with most other Windows-based back-end databases such as SQL and Oracle.
  • It can be placed on websites to allow remote users to access the data
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Cons

  • entering a single record seems to have to be done across several screens. Perhaps just the way we did it, but would be easier if it were all done on one screen
  • can't figure out how to "hide" a record once one of the people we are visiting dies. We don't want to delete the record, just hide it from the primary view.
  • eventually, it would be great to be able to integrate into Gmail--eg to hit the email address and have that transfer to an email...but perhaps not possible without permission from google...
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  • Sharing an Access database with users of mixed Windows operating systems can lead to data integrity problems.
  • Security is only basic, so for sensitive data, a more robust back-end should be implemented.
  • Files can grow to an ungainly size, so periodic database compaction is necessary. The larger the files grow, naturally performance suffers.
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Likelihood to Renew

Airtable9.1
Based on 1 answer
compared to other products it is just fabulous.
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Microsoft Access9.0
Based on 15 answers
It is a great program and allows an ease of information flow and tracking. I've been able to find uses for it pretty much everywhere I go whether it be for a team of people or just to make my own tasks easier to complete. It seems to have the ability to find it's niche no matter where you go.
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Usability

Airtable9.0
Based on 5 answers
It's not perfect but it is really easy to use and I think most slightly technical people will pick it up quite quickly.
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Microsoft Access7.0
Based on 3 answers
Microsoft Access is easy to use. It is compatible with spreadsheets. It is a very good data management tool. There is scope to save a large amount of data in one place. For using this database, one does not need much training, can be shared among multiple users. This database has to sort and filtering features which seem to be very useful.
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Reliability and Availability

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No answers yet
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Microsoft Access8.0
Based on 1 answer
I don't think the program has ever failed me. It is one of those programs where there is always a solution if you know where to look.
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Support

Airtable7.3
Based on 1 answer
Sometimes, I have to wait a bit longer but I'm on a low priced option so I understand why. Generally, they're able to provide me solutions to my problems as long as I'm not in a rush.
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Microsoft Access7.5
Based on 2 answers
I intend to elaborate very soon via another update, after checking some of my notes.
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Alternatives Considered

Vastly better-. Much easier to set up, edit and view across multiple platforms.
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I do not have experience with any other database having capabilities and cost similar to Access.
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Return on Investment

  • I would estimate it has personally saved me 2 hours a week of administration better invested in other things. These are the most valuable cost savings I have on a personal level.
  • I was able to explore, populate, configure and prepare Airtable for what I needed for free. Only when we reached the point of being ready to make full use of the system did we need to spend a penny.
  • Replacing Excel for administrative tasks with Airtable will eventually save us hundreds of lost hours a year.
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  • I'm not sure in which metric we could measure it's worth to our company. I can say that it's used every day within our organization, and it is an efficient tool that does its job well.
  • I think it's a testament to the basic usability of the software, in that it only requires upgrades periodically. Although I do at times think about whether or not we could benefit from even more use of its functionality.
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Microsoft Access

Pricing Details

Airtable

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details

Microsoft Access

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details