Microsoft - Access
Microsoft Database and Application Software
What is Microsoft Access?
Microsoft Access is many things, but in general
it is a complete database solution.
Microsoft Access lets you some or all of the
work. Very few programming environments are as
simple to work with as Microsoft Access. Many things
can be done with little or no programming. If you
need help making Access perform more advanced
functions WSI can step in and assist you as needed.
Our Microsoft Access experts are able to use modern
computer desktop sharing technology to work directly
with you on your PC, while we are on the phone with
you to help you when you get stuck. If you prefer,
WSI can simply follow your specifications to design
and develop the Access database you need, while you
work on more important things.
Did you know Microsoft Access is a powerful
reporting tool? Through ODBC and Microsoft Access's
ability to connect with many other database systems,
WSI can help you use its simple and intuitive
interface to build sophisticated reports. If you
already own Microsoft Access you may not need to
invest in other expensive report tools like Crystal
Reports, Cognos, Business Objects or Proclarity.
Did you know you or WSI can help you make stand
alone database programs using Microsoft Access that
do not require you to provide every user with a
Microsoft Access license?
What if you want to turn a great Microsoft
Access database program into a more powerful
Microsoft .NET web or client server based program?
WSI has programmers who are experts in Microsoft
C# and Visual Basic .NET ready to take your Access
database to a new more powerful level. This upgrade
makes your Access database more professional, for
your own use or if you intend to market your program
to others. This allows you to a command a higher
price in the market and impress potential clients
with the sophistication of your software.
What if you aren't ready to entirely convert your
Microsoft Access program to .NET but need better
performance? Microsoft does a great job of providing
a system that allows you to incrementally enhance
your Microsoft Access database. To do this WSI can
help you by converting the portion of the Access
database that stores your data referred to as the
"backend" from Access's own format to the much more
powerful Microsoft SQL Server system. This might
worry you that you will incur big licensing fees by
moving to such a capable database. However, no need
to worry, thanks to competition from MySQL and
Postgre SQL, Microsoft has released Microsoft SQL
Server Express which is free and will meet the needs
of most databases. At WSI we find that Microsoft SQL
Server Express is able to address the needs of over
80% of our clients! After making the move to from an
Access "backend" to a Microsoft SQL Server "backend"
you can continue to work using the same easy to
create forms, menus and switchboard present in your
existing Microsoft Access application.
Access isn't perfect?
If you are planning to use your database on the
web we can't recommend that. But we do have an
excellent hybrid solutions that we feel is best
option. We recommend deploying a dual "frontend"
architecture. All your desktop PC users on your
network continue to work with your data using
Microsoft Access forms, menus and switchboard. They
can continue to write their own queries if they like
or have WSI build the reports and queries for you.
WSI will then help you create the web interface to
your data using Microsoft Visual Basic .NET or
Microsoft C#. We find that many clients provide a
more limited function via the web, than their
internal users need. This allows WSI to continue use
the simple and cost effective Access interface to
business data for your office users and just create
the more sophisticated VB and C# interfaces for the
functions of your web users.
Remember when you work with WSI, you own the
source code the instant you pay your bill. No more
arguing with other programming firms refuse to
relinquish your source code! At WSI we have
satisfied customers, not hostages!
What about support?
WSI has been in business since 1996 and is going
strong! We support hundreds of applications for our
clients when they need it. Our relatively unique
business model allows us to prosper while offering
support for our customers without charging annual
licensing fees. Other companies charge you for new
software features you don't even want. While at the
same time they won't enable the features you keep
asking for! At WSI you pay only for the new features
you want. If you don't need any new features or
changes to existing program features, you won't see
a bill from us! Our staff is pleased to assist you
with even minor programming changes. We bill in 1/4
hour increments and don't have harsh pre-set
minimums to perform a minor software change or help
you with a report.
If you would like to know more about what
Microsoft Access can do for you, please feel free to