This article addresses the importance and requirement of MS Access, as a development platform for enterprise-wide application.
Access is widely used by small to midsized companies as it is amongst the only few platforms which strive to fulfill all the needs of database managements. Not only does it act like a storage system, it also promotes easy accessibility and operation of data. Businesses can record everything from their client details, annual profits and expenses to employee attendance on an MS Access Database. It is however equally important to note that Access can be used as a versatile development platform for enterprises.
Why Access is Apt for being used as a Development platform for Enterprise-wide applications
MS Access is often considered best suited for running departmental applications in an enterprise. It can be used to produce and distribute application, which needs to be sent through an organization. However the success rate of this endeavor completely depends on the organization. There is no limit or restriction on the number of users who can use and share multiple files using an Access application. The best part about the platform is that it doesn’t sabotage the performance of the system. Users are also allowed to insert as many as number records on each table without feeling any performance drop.
These numbers depend on various factors such as:
- The existing traffic on the Network.
- How much RAM Storage and the number of Processors, does the server has?
- The current use of the server. (What application or the data is the server using?)
- Different types of tasks take up different amount of performing capacity. Existing tasks performed by the users can also affect the performance and the storage speed of the database.
- Where Access file and applications are being used (the workstation or the server)
- What network operating system is being used in the place?
They key rule to work with MS Access is to understand how is works effectively and efficiently. Like any other application if a user commands multiple actions at a single time, the application will be subjected to perform poorly. However, Access has a rather strong tolerance level, and it can work smoothly despite being used frequently, with a heavy amount of storage in its database.
Users can avoid these types of performance issues by dividing data sharing units in different categories. We understand that this technique won’t work best with big organizations, but it’s a risk they should be able to take if they don’t want to switch to any other application.
Reasons for poor Performance in MS Access
Access applications which aren’t client/server based are more likely to deliver poor performance. Also, if more than 10 to 15 users consequently use this server, consisting of over 100,000 records it will only end in creating a slow processing unit. Note: these numbers are subject to vary depending on the factors listed above and what a user or an organization defines an acceptable performance. Some organizations strive to achieve smooth and speedy operation, which won’t be satisfied with the speed they will get while multitasking on this MS Access application. At times incidents of mdb corruption also come to notice.
However if a user wishes to go beyond prescribed limits, they should switch to a enterprise server database like Microsoft SQL Server – By doing so they will be able to create Access reports and forms on MS Access while storing them on different queries and tables on the SQL database server.
Vivian Stevens is a data recovery expert in DataNumen, Inc., which is the world leader in data recovery technologies, including SQL Server repair and excel recovery software products. For more information visit www.datanumen.com