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Airtable

212 Ratings

Microsoft Access

490 Ratings

Airtable

212 Ratings
Score 9.1 out of 101

Microsoft Access

490 Ratings
Score 7.3 out of 101

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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 very suitable whenever the objective of the project is a database where:1. The timeframe of the project must be short and the start of the project must be immediate.2. Specialised personnel from IT department is not available, due to their own prioritization scheme.3. The designer tasked with the design, implementation and deployment of the database, is a technically-oriented person in general, but having no previous knowledge of Access in particular.4. The size of the envisaged database is relatively small, both in the number of records to be stored in it, as well in the number of concurrent users. Microsoft Access is not suitable when:1. The requirements are for an 'Enterprise' type of database, expected to acummulate over time a very large number of records (large manufacturing company, storing many parts numbers over the years).2. The database is expected to be access by a very large number of users concurrently (e.g., a bank, accessed by numerous customers simultaneously).3. The time taken by the execution for each transaction must be as small as possible.4. The database must be of 'industrial strength', meaning very reliable, with no crushes and no corrupted records.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Project Management

Airtable
7.8
Microsoft Access
Task Management
Airtable
8.0
Microsoft Access
Resource Management
Airtable
8.2
Microsoft Access
Gantt Charts
Airtable
7.5
Microsoft Access
Scheduling
Airtable
7.5
Microsoft Access
Workflow Automation
Airtable
7.7
Microsoft Access
Team Collaboration
Airtable
8.7
Microsoft Access
Support for Agile Methodology
Airtable
7.9
Microsoft Access
Support for Waterfall Methodology
Airtable
7.7
Microsoft Access
Document Management
Airtable
7.8
Microsoft Access
Email integration
Airtable
7.2
Microsoft Access
Mobile Access
Airtable
7.5
Microsoft Access
Timesheet Tracking
Airtable
7.9
Microsoft Access
Change request and Case Management
Airtable
8.0
Microsoft Access
Budget and Expense Management
Airtable
8.1
Microsoft Access

Pros

  • All the hard work of trying to build a solution in Excel is done for you. You can create links to simple mobile-friendly forms and datasheets and it builds input forms automatically that can then be easily customized.
  • The relationships across tables are robust and deal with changes to fields and tables without the need for intervention or maintenance (like a proper database).
  • Initial set up and use require a minimal set of IT skills. Coming with an array of pre-built templates and the ability to import your existing spreadsheet and customize and fine tune it from there into a database
  • They don't contact me every day trying to sell their product (probably because they don't have to).
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  • An Access database can be designed and put to use rather fast, in order to answer an immediate need, even if the design must be done by someone with no previous exposure to Access. It can be modified/improved later on, without much impact on the users.
  • A relatively simple Access database does not require knowledge of any programming language. It can be implemented by using 'macros', which are of a 'point-and-click' type.
  • If a more complex application is required, Access is fully compatible with Visual Basic for Applications language, which is a object-oriented, even-driven programming language, designed by Microsoft specifically for utilization by all modules belonging to the Office suite.
  • Since the commonality of VBA across Office, Access databases can be made to interface with other Office applications, and in particular with Excel.
  • Access is easy to master, cheap, and allows easily the construction of aesthetically pleasing interfaces with the user, while remaining quite powerful. Due to these reasons, it yields itself to be sometimes used for the design of non-database applications, but specialized calculators.
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Cons

  • The trial period should be a bit longer. I wanted to test it before I rolled it out to my team. Just after I felt comfortable and started to share, the trial period ended.
  • Shorter videos. I think there are great resources available and I really think that is a strength, but if I had to suggest something, it would be to make more short videos to give technical how-tos.
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  • It cannot accommodate as many records or as many concurrent users an Oracle or similar database can.
  • It is not as reliable as a database of 'industrial strength' is.
  • It does not work fast, particularly when when large amount of code was used for its design or when a relatively many users attempt to utilize it simultaneously.
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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
I and the rest of my team will renew our Microsoft Access in the future because we use and maintain many different applications and databases created using Microsoft Access so we will need to maintain them in the future. Additionally, it is a standard at our place of work so it is at $0 cost to us to use. Another reason for renewing Microsoft Access is that we just don' t have the resources needed to extend into a network of users so we need to remain a single-desktop application at this time.
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Usability

Airtable9.0
Based on 5 answers
Just so easy to learn/use. Very intuitive in its application logic.
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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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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

Airtable is a modern data management tool. It doesn't bring in baggage from when technology was restricted to your local hard drive like other spreadsheet and database software. I don't have to deal with version control or 100 different files...and then figure out how to share them...while making sure they were editable but not corruptible.
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Microsoft Access is a good data management tool. and it excels in that area, which is what we needed the most. It was simple to use and easy to learn. Database management can be done with multiple users in Access. And we can have reports for data summaries, or for any specific purpose.
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Return on Investment

  • As an educational institution, we look at things a bit differently. I believe that using Airtable to present data and forms to students will have a positive impact on learner success, which is my primary concern.
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  • It was a time-consuming activity, we had to invest a lot of time. But after once it is done, it is there forever.
  • All our Engineers use this reference data time to time, and it is a good ROI
  • Our investment is mainly time.
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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