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Attribute Ratings

  • Microsoft Access is rated higher in 4 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Likelihood to Renew, Usability, Implementation Rating
  • Oracle Database is rated higher in 1 area: Support Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

8.5

Microsoft Access

85%
100 Ratings
8.0

Oracle Database

80%
176 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

10.0

Microsoft Access

100%
15 Ratings
8.2

Oracle Database

82%
5 Ratings

Usability

10.0

Microsoft Access

100%
4 Ratings
7.4

Oracle Database

74%
5 Ratings

Availability

8.0

Microsoft Access

80%
2 Ratings

Oracle Database

N/A
0 Ratings

Support Rating

6.4

Microsoft Access

64%
10 Ratings
10.0

Oracle Database

100%
7 Ratings

Implementation Rating

10.0

Microsoft Access

100%
2 Ratings
9.6

Oracle Database

96%
6 Ratings

Ease of integration

8.0

Microsoft Access

80%
1 Rating

Oracle Database

N/A
0 Ratings

Product Scalability

5.0

Microsoft Access

50%
1 Rating

Oracle Database

N/A
0 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

Microsoft

Microsoft Access is a productive platform to build a low cost relational database using its drag and drop features. So it can be used by organizations to build databases for marketing campaign measurements when they have low budgets and can't hire an expensive data architect. It helps build entity relationships which enable designing of advanced search queries, These SQL like queries provide actionable campaign insights to help improve engagement rates and conversions.
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Oracle

I believe Oracle Database is still the best RDBMS database which is the database to consider for OLTP applications and for Adhoc requests. They are good in Datawarehousing in certain aspects but not the best. Oracle is also a great database for scaling up with their Clusterware solution which also makes the database highly available with services moving to the live instance without much trouble.
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Pros

Microsoft

  • Very easy to create entity-relationship diagrams for various tables and designing mock layouts.
  • Really easy to navigate as it hold[s] the classic Microsoft UI. Another good thing is that it comes with the complete MS Office Suite.
  • It is really fast when joining multiple tables no matter what type of join.
  • Works on pretty much same SQL scripts so no need to learn a new language!
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Oracle

  • Best thing about it is that it supports PL/SQL which is helpful in writing complex quarries easily.
  • Its storage capacity , backup and recovery features make it the best database storage tool available.
  • Other thing I like about this software is its interface is so good.
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Cons

Microsoft

  • Microsoft Access has not really changed at all for several years. It might be nice to see some upgrades and changes.
  • The help info is often not helpful. Need more tutorials for Microsoft Access to show how to do specific things.
  • Be careful naming objects such as tables, forms, etc. Names that are too long can get cut off in dialog boxes to choose a table, form, report, etc. So, I wish they would have resizable dialog boxes to allow you to see objects with long names.
  • I wish it could show me objects that are not in use in the database for current queries, tables, reports, forms, and macros. That way unused objects can be deleted without worrying about losing a report or query because you deleted the underlying object.
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Oracle

  • The memory demand and management makes it impossible to run it in a container.
  • It is hard to perform local unit testing with Oracle even using the personal edition (aggressive all the available memory grab for itself).
  • Lack of built in database migrations (e.g. as Flyway).
  • The need to install the Oracle client in addition to its drivers.
  • The cost of running it, especially in the Cloud.
  • Comes with very spartan community grade client/management tools whereas the commercial offerings tend to demand a premium price.
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Pricing Details

Microsoft Access

Starting Price

$13,999 per PC

Editions & Modules

Microsoft Access editions and modules pricing
EditionModules
Microsoft Access139.991

Footnotes

  1. per PC

Offerings

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services

Entry-level set up fee?

No setup fee

Additional Details

Oracle Database

Starting Price

Editions & Modules

Oracle Database editions and modules pricing
EditionModules

Footnotes

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    Likelihood to Renew

    Microsoft

    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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    Oracle

    There is a lot of sunk cost in a product like Oracle 12c. It is doing a great job, it would not provide us much benefit to switch to another product even if it did the same thing due to the work involved in making such a switch. It would not be cost effective.
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    Usability

    Microsoft

    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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    Oracle

    Many of the powerful options can be auto-configured but there are still many things to take into account at the moment of installing and configuring an Oracle Database, compared with SQL Server or other databases. At the same time, that extra complexity allows for detailed configuration and guarantees performance, scalability, availability and security.
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    Reliability and Availability

    Microsoft

    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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    Oracle

    No answers on this topic

    Support Rating

    Microsoft

    While I have never contacted Microsoft directly for product support, for some reason there's a real prejudice against MS Access among most IT support professionals. They are usually discouraging when it comes to using MS Access. Most of this is due to their lack of understanding of MS Access and how it can improve one's productivity. If Microsoft invested more resources towards enhancing and promoting the use of MS Access then maybe things would be different.
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    Oracle

    1. I have very good experience with Oracle Database support team. Oracle support team has pool of talented Oracle Analyst resources in different regions. To name a few regions - EMEA, Asia, USA(EST, MST, PST), Australia. Their support staffs are very supportive, well trained, and customer focused. Whenever I open Oracle Sev1 SR(service request), I always get prompt update on my case timely. 2. Oracle has zoom call and chat session option linked to Oracle SR. Whenever you are in Oracle portal - you can chat with the Oracle Analyst who is working on your case. You can request for Oracle zoom call thru which you can share the your problem server screen in no time. This is very nice as it saves lot of time and energy in case you have to follow up with oracle support for your case. 3.Oracle has excellent knowledge base in which all the customer databases critical problems and their solutions are well documented. It is very easy to follow without consulting to support team at first.
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    Implementation Rating

    Microsoft

    there is no key idea, since it is easy to implement Microsoft Access
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    Oracle

    Overall the implementation went very well and after that everything came out as expected - in terms of performance and scalability. People should always install and upgrade a stable version for production with the latest patch set updates, test properly as much as possible, and should have a backup plan if anything unexpected happens
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    Alternatives Considered

    Microsoft

    Excel is a fantastic - robust application that can do so much so easily. Its easy to train and understand. However - excel does not provide a reporting function and that is typically where we will suggest a move to [Microsoft] Access. [Microsoft] Access requires a little more knowledge of data manipulation.
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    Oracle

    Oracle is more of an enterprise-level database than Access and SAP Adaptive Server Enterprise isn't getting developed much (some people wonder how close it is to end of life) but SQL Server is miles ahead of Oracle IMO in terms of user experience and comparable in terms of performance AFAIK. As stated, a vendor forced our hand to use Oracle so we did not have a choice. If you are looking for help with an issue you are having, there are lots of SQL Server articles, etc. on the web and the community of SQL Server developers and DBA's is very strong and supportive. Oracle's help on the web is much more limited and often has an attitude that goes with it of superiority and lacking in compassion, IMO. For instance, check out the Ask Tom Oracle blog - a world of difference. If you choose Oracle, go into it with eyes wide open.
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    Return on Investment

    Microsoft

    • Our ROI has not increased as much since using Microsoft Access to mobilize and manage the company's databases, but if you take into account the entire Microsoft office 365 suite, the overall gains have been great.
    • The ROI increase for our small development company, taking into account the use of the entire suite including Microsoft Access, is up to 700% of the annual upfront payment.
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    Oracle

    • Oracle Database 12c has had a very positive impact on our ability to build strong and robust custom applications in house without the need to come up with our own methods of data storage and management.
    • Oracle Database 12c has the strongest user interface of any database I have worked with and continuously is improving its strength with the addition of support for JSON and XML type objects in the database.
    • Oracle Database 12c is sometimes very heavy and DBA intensive, but the benefits far outweigh the costs, which we need to spend on DBA support for enabling security and access features.
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