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Airtable

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Score 8.6 out of 100

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Score 7.7 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Airtable

Airtable is a genius solution for the restrictions of spreadsheets when the data needs to be accessed across several layers and presented in a 2D report. Airtable does this naturally without the need to export and modify the data into a database. It is a solution for any team that can benefit from multi-dimensional access to various data.
Adam Farrell | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft Access

Microsoft Access is best suited as a front end to other databases as well as for small to medium databases where the user determines that they have gone beyond the design and function capabilities of Excel. Microsoft Access is less suited when there is a need for heavy database use and complex data queries. All in all, for the average Office user who needs a database program, Access is a solid choice.
Scott Herring | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Project Management

Airtable
8.0
Microsoft Access
Task Management
Airtable
8.5
Microsoft Access
Resource Management
Airtable
8.4
Microsoft Access
Gantt Charts
Airtable
7.1
Microsoft Access
Scheduling
Airtable
8.1
Microsoft Access
Workflow Automation
Airtable
7.4
Microsoft Access
Team Collaboration
Airtable
9.1
Microsoft Access
Support for Agile Methodology
Airtable
7.1
Microsoft Access
Support for Waterfall Methodology
Airtable
6.6
Microsoft Access
Document Management
Airtable
8.0
Microsoft Access
Email integration
Airtable
7.9
Microsoft Access
Mobile Access
Airtable
8.4
Microsoft Access
Timesheet Tracking
Airtable
8.6
Microsoft Access
Change request and Case Management
Airtable
7.9
Microsoft Access
Budget and Expense Management
Airtable
8.7
Microsoft Access

Pros

Airtable

  • Flexibility: there are many view features and different ways you can use the product
  • Integrations: there are so many apps you can integrate it; from Slack to Shipstation
  • Beautiful: it just looks nice to use. Sometimes project management apps are ugly, this isn't
Brian Chung | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft Access

  • One good aspect of Microsoft Access is how the software can be customized for different applications. This is very useful because we are able to use this software for multiple applications, which makes it cost-friendly.
  • Another strong point of Microsoft Access is the skill required to customize, the amount of programming required is less than most other database programs. This is good for a beginner looking to get into database management.
  • Microsoft Access is one of the more cost-friendly database applications, and most of the time it comes with Microsoft Office. Other database programs can be expensive and not as easy to use.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Airtable

  • I would like to be able to sort items into groups without having to sort by specific columns. Just manually sort by click and drag.
  • I'd like to see all of the documents of each base stored collectively somewhere and cataloged in a document library.
  • I would like to see this base exportable as a Gant chart.
Tyler Collum | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft Access

  • Well, it requires a lot more training or research than other more "intuitive" Microsoft products.
  • The buildout of custom reports is highly complex, and I think that area, in particular, could be more intuitive.
  • Queries can be difficult to develop if you don't know the right language or terminology, and I think that those terms could be better visible in the ribbon.
Che Odom | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Airtable

Airtable 9.1
Based on 1 answer
compared to other products it is just fabulous.
Andrej Vrsansky | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft Access

Microsoft Access 9.8
Based on 16 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.
Alyssa Moy, MBA, PMP | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Airtable

Airtable 8.6
Based on 20 answers
Airtable has a plethora of features that suit our needs, although there are little things that could be improved to make it perfect. I believe Airtable is actively working to improve their product so I have every confidence that Airtable is the perfect choice for our purposes.
Stephanie Etchie | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft Access

Microsoft Access 9.4
Based on 4 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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Airtable

Airtable 7.6
Based on 28 answers
I am impressed by the support provided by the Airtable team. For each query or any issue raised by the user, there are multiple ways of contacting them. One way is email. They reply within 24 hours, or the second way is customer support. Customer support is available for users in chat or telephonic phone or both. You can opt for any communication mode.
JATIN GUPTA | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft Access

Microsoft Access 6.8
Based on 6 answers
Within my organization, support for MS Access is minimal. Although we have a license for the software, ITO is a very limited resource for supporting issues with using Access. Microsoft provides technical support and helps with using features but it is very limited. I do better using google to figure things out. In addition, I have not found any Advanced class that has truly helped with answering my technical questions. It truly has been trial and error and collaborating with other users who have found ways to get things done. Google is my friend.
Doreen Giles | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Airtable

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Microsoft Access

Microsoft Access 10.0
Based on 1 answer
there is no key idea, since it is easy to implement Microsoft Access
Thairy Ollarves | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Airtable

I trialed around 7 products, which include 4 education products and 3 online products at least. I can't remember all of the pros and cons as it was a couple of years ago and I am now upgrading from a free plan to a paid one. Suffice to say, Airtable beat all of them hands down, for ease of use and flexibility
Shirley Hickey | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft Access

MS Access is the little brother to all these products. In no way is it as feature-rich as the competition I have selected. It is, however, great when used properly. It does not have the same level of security, availability, access, or recoverability as anything listed above. But, it is cheap and lightweight. If this is your first exposure to a relational database, MS Access is a great way to cut your teeth. I have been a DBA for 10 years now, and I learned all database fundamentals from first experimenting and using MS Access.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Airtable

  • 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.
Chris Chinn | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft Access

  • It has had a tremendous positive impact because the work in our department simply could not be done without this tool. Group policy, security settings, and other permissions simply do not allow us to pursue more involved programming solutions.
  • It saves us literally days of work every month by the automation it provides, turning what used to be a very manual, very labor-intensive process into a streamlined, more accurate, more efficient way of doing the job.
  • It allows us to help other users in our area who do not have a programming background, showing them how their lives can be made easier with a few lines of code in Microsoft Access, VBA, etc.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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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

Microsoft Access

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Airtable
8.7
Microsoft Access
7.9

Likelihood to Renew

Airtable
9.1
Microsoft Access
9.8

Usability

Airtable
8.6
Microsoft Access
9.4

Reliability and Availability

Airtable
Microsoft Access
8.0

Support Rating

Airtable
7.6
Microsoft Access
6.8

Implementation Rating

Airtable
Microsoft Access
10.0

Scalability

Airtable
Microsoft Access
5.0

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