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Score 8 out of 100
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Score 8.9 out of 100

Attribute Ratings

  • Microsoft Access is rated higher in 3 areas: Likelihood to Renew, Usability, Implementation Rating
  • Microsoft SQL Server is rated higher in 4 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Availability, Support Rating, Product Scalability

Likelihood to Recommend

8.5

Microsoft Access

85%
100 Ratings
9.1

Microsoft SQL Server

91%
94 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

10.0

Microsoft Access

100%
15 Ratings
9.0

Microsoft SQL Server

90%
6 Ratings

Usability

10.0

Microsoft Access

100%
4 Ratings
9.8

Microsoft SQL Server

98%
10 Ratings

Availability

8.0

Microsoft Access

80%
2 Ratings
10.0

Microsoft SQL Server

100%
2 Ratings

Performance

Microsoft Access

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0

Microsoft SQL Server

90%
2 Ratings

Support Rating

6.4

Microsoft Access

64%
10 Ratings
7.9

Microsoft SQL Server

79%
49 Ratings

In-Person Training

Microsoft Access

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0

Microsoft SQL Server

90%
1 Rating

Online Training

Microsoft Access

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0

Microsoft SQL Server

90%
1 Rating

Implementation Rating

10.0

Microsoft Access

100%
2 Ratings
9.0

Microsoft SQL Server

90%
10 Ratings

Product Scalability

5.0

Microsoft Access

50%
1 Rating
9.0

Microsoft SQL Server

90%
1 Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

Microsoft Access

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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft SQL Server

Microsoft SQL Server is a great RDBMS and meets all of our requirements. If you need a stable DB platform to support your line of a business application you'll be well served. Licensing costs are far cheaper, more portable and a lot more user friendly than Oracle. Product support and security patches from Microsoft are strong.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Microsoft Access

  • 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!
Rounak Verma | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft SQL Server

  • Easy to configure and use with Visual Studio and Dot Net
  • Easy integration with MSBI to perform data analysis
  • Data Security
  • Easy to understand and use
  • Very easy to export database and tables in the form of SQL query or a script
Shivani Pandey | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Microsoft Access

  • 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.
Peggi Wolfe | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft SQL Server

  • The import/export process can be tricky to follow with lots of steps and could be better for importing flat files
  • Obtaining help from Microsoft is cumbersome and often other internet sources are better and quicker
  • The documentation is not great and again it's generally better to obtain help elsewhere if needed
Paul Nockolds | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Microsoft Access

General

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

Starting Price

$13,999 per PC

Microsoft Access Editions & Modules

Edition
Microsoft Access139.991
  1. per PC
Additional Pricing Details

Microsoft SQL Server

General

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

Starting Price

$0 Per License

Microsoft SQL Server Editions & Modules

Edition
Enterprise$13,748.001
Subscription$1,418.001
  1. Per License
Additional Pricing Details

Likelihood to Renew

Microsoft Access

Microsoft Access 10.0
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.
Alyssa Moy, MBA, PMP | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft SQL Server

Microsoft SQL Server 9.0
Based on 6 answers
We understand that the Microsoft SQL Server will continue to advance, offering the same robust and reliable platform while adding new features that enable us, as a software center, to create a superior product. That provides excellent performance while reducing the hardware requirements and the total cost of ownership of our solution.
Lisandro Fernigrini | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Microsoft Access

Microsoft Access 10.0
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

Microsoft SQL Server

Microsoft SQL Server 9.8
Based on 10 answers
SQL Server mostly 'just works' or generates error messages to help you sort out the trouble. You can usually count on the product to get the job done and keep an eye on your potential mistakes. Interaction with other Microsoft products makes operating as a Windows user pretty straight forward. Digging through the multitude of dialogs and wizards can be a pain, but the answer is usually there somewhere.
Andy Erickson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Microsoft Access

Microsoft Access 8.0
Based on 2 answers
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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft SQL Server

Microsoft SQL Server 10.0
Based on 2 answers
Its does not have outages.
Srikanth S | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

Microsoft Access

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Microsoft SQL Server

Microsoft SQL Server 9.0
Based on 2 answers
SSAS data cubes may some time slow down your Excel reports.
Srikanth S | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Microsoft Access

Microsoft Access 6.4
Based on 10 answers
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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft SQL Server

Microsoft SQL Server 7.9
Based on 49 answers
We managed to handle most of our problems by looking into Microsoft's official documentation that has everything explained and almost every function has an example that illustrates in detail how a particular functionality works. Just like PowerShell has the ability to show you an example of how some cmdlet works, that is the case also here, and in my opinion, it is a very good practice and I like it.
luka horvat | TrustRadius Reviewer

In-Person Training

Microsoft Access

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Microsoft SQL Server

Microsoft SQL Server 9.0
Based on 1 answer
It was good
Srikanth S | TrustRadius Reviewer

Online Training

Microsoft Access

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Microsoft SQL Server

Microsoft SQL Server 9.0
Based on 1 answer
very hands on and detailed training
Srikanth S | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Microsoft Access

Microsoft Access 10.0
Based on 2 answers
there is no key idea, since it is easy to implement Microsoft Access
Thairy Ollarves | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft SQL Server

Microsoft SQL Server 9.0
Based on 10 answers
Other than SQL taking quite a bit of time to actually install there are no problems with installation. Even on hardware that has good performance SQL can still take close to an hour to install a typical server with management and reporting services.
Bill Starling | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Microsoft Access

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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft SQL Server

[Microsoft] SQL Server has a much better community and professional support and is overall just a more reliable system with Microsoft behind it. I've used MySQL in the past and SQL Server has just become more comfortable for me and is my go to RDBMS.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Microsoft Access

Microsoft Access 5.0
Based on 1 answer
No answer on this topic is available.

Microsoft SQL Server

Microsoft SQL Server 9.0
Based on 1 answer
SQL server does handle growing demands of a mid sized company.
Srikanth S | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Microsoft Access

  • 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.
Murray Clear | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft SQL Server

  • Increased accuracy - We went from multiple users having different versions of an Excel spreadsheet to a single source of truth for our reporting.
  • Increased Efficiency - We can now generate reports at any time from a single source rather than multiple users spending their time collating data and generating reports.
  • Improved Security - Enterprise level security on a dedicated server rather than financial files on multiple laptop hard drives.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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