One of the reasons why Microsoft Access is consistently the database of choice is that it is a less expensive alternative to larger database systems that require a tremendous amount of set up and maintenance costs. The following are a few reasons why Microsoft Access is the more economical choice when selecting a database system.
Cost of Access
Microsoft Access is virtually free. If your computers already have the Microsoft Office Professional Suite of business products installed that is automatically bundled as part of Microsoft Office Professional, Microsoft Access is already available and there is no additional database software that is required.
Cost of Development
There is a tremendous amount of Access developer resources to choose from. Due to the wide spread popularity of Access, Access developers are often available at a very competitive market rate that is significantly lower than Oracle or SQL Server database consultants. It is important to note that even a complex database can be up and running in approximately ½ the time and cost of other database systems.
Implementation and Maintenance
Due to the simplicity of Microsoft Access, implementation and maintenance is significantly cheaper when compared to more complex database systems such as SQL Server or Oracle.
MS-Access does not have to be installed to run
If the user does not require any special customization to reports and/or screens, Microsoft developers have the option to package the database in a ‘Run Time’ environment. The advantage of using a Run Time environment is that there is no need for a full installation of Access installed on your computer. As a result, no additional cost is incurred and you can freely redistribute it throughout your organization.
There are more Microsoft Access consultants that are trained to be able to support your future Access needs than any other desktop database system. This competitive marketplace translates into the availability of selecting a consultant from a broader range of candidates who offer the same services at competitive rates.
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