Overall Satisfaction with Microsoft Access
We use [Microsoft] Access to manage our projects and sales contacts for our small book publishing company. It is the only source of data for the company, which only has a few employees. It tracks sales pipeline, payments, projects, royalties, and everything else. Reports, queries and forms are at the center of everything that happens in the company.
- Fully customizable
- Forms enable customized easy entry
- Reports can solve pretty much any need
- Mailmerge and emails can automate any task.
- Very high learning curve
- Hard to code complex reports without a ton of time and skill
- No support resources for reporting help.
- Most cheap small-scale options aren't customizable enough. [Microsoft] Access is effectively the only option that mostly gives everything we need.
- Without [Microsoft] Access, our process would be a mess of inefficiencies.
Crystal is easier for report writing, but isn't a database solution. Salesforce is lovely, but much more expensive than an old copy of Microsoft Office. For a small budget, [Microsoft] Access was really the only viable option. I only wish it was easier to write complex reports.
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[Microsoft Access is] great that it's fully customizable, and doesn't require a monthly fee, but it is annoying that it's only usable on a local network. It is exceptionally difficult to code advanced reports that are exactly how we want them. I personally find Crystal Reports and most any other reporting system easier to make deeply complex reports.