As of this coming April, Microsoft Access is discontinuing support for users of cloud-based applications. Before diving into the effects that users will experience, let’s talk about what Access is and how it can be replaced.
So, what is Microsoft Access?
In short, Microsoft Access (MA) is a database management system. It allows users to access data from any source. It also has the ability to import/export data across many formats (excel, outlook, etc) and has the ability to link data for viewing, editing, and reporting. Sounds great, doesn’t it? In concept, MA is a great tool. However, many users find that the system itself is limited in terms of how you choose to utilize your data. This lack of flexibility can slow down reports, and slow down your business.
What are your options? How can you benefit? As a customer, you have two choices:
- Revert back to desktop/onsite software
- Migrate to a cloud-based app-building platform
Although option one has been sustainable for many years, most companies are advancing towards cloud-based systems. Why? They are easily accessible and provide a competitive edge in the marketplace. Migrating your data to the cloud may seem costly, time consuming, and pain-staking. It can be, but it doesn’t have to be. With the right partnership, your business can have a customized and secure cloud-based database. Maybe it’s time to implement a more efficient system
QuickBase has been ahead of the curve on content regarding cloud-based options via recent ebooks and Webinars. Once released, I will post this weeks QuickBase Webinar link for further information.
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