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Once you get to know Access, it doesn't take long before you start putting all your important data into Access databases. These databases are likely to become indispensable, especially in business setting. At that point, it's important to have a plan in place to recover the databases in case something bad happens, such as an accident or natural disaster.
In the previous post, we gave many examples of how Access can really help you create a database fast and with ease. We mentioned data validation, querying, reporting, and viewing data in Excel as areas where Access is rapid and flexible. In this post I will focus on reporting.
One of the great things about Microsoft Access is how it helps people easily create applications that would otherwise require the expertise of a professional developer. While Microsoft Access allows users to create solutions that involve code with, for example, VBA or SQL, today we would like to talk to you, the non-professional, about a few of the features that allow you to create applications without having to write code.
In the weeks leading up to Valentine's Day 2011, three Access team members got together and created an Access web database that allowed users to post their plans and/or wishes for themselves and their loved ones on Valentine's Day. The team published the database to Access Services and then promoted it on the Microsoft intranet. Employees flocked to the site to add their ideas and then vote for their favorites. The ideas that got the most votes garnered prizes for their authors, and the whole event generated a lot of love for Access 2010!
The Services template makes it easy to create quotes using up-to-date pricing about available services and products, and then use the quotes to create invoices. Want to cut a deal for a good customer? You can customize the prices on any quote. Something took longer or used more materials than you expected? Your invoices can accommodate differences between what you quote and what you end up providing.
On our relaunched Access product page on Office.com, we focus on how Access can help you run your small business. To address an important business need, we've added articles and videos to help you get started using the Contacts web database template to organize and manage your business contacts.
Luke Chung at FMS, Inc. has let us know that the preview version of their Total Access Emailer program for Microsoft Access 2010 is available for free! Total Access Emailer lets you send personalized email to a list of contacts within Access. Messages can be sent for any list of email addresses from a table or query. Each email can be personalized with field values from the data source.
As part of the recent re-launch of the Access product page on Office.com, we've been showing off how Access can help you run your small business. We've published some new free database templates that you can use to organize your business, and we've also provided articles and videos to help you get started using them.
Software developer Derrick VanArnam and database administrator Russell Fox continue to experiment with using Silverlight in conjunction with the Web Browser Control that is included with Access 2010. Many of you have been following along on their blog, where you can view the previous two posts on this subject. Their new post shows you how to use Windows Workflow 4.0 to enhance an Access application.
We’ve simplified the Access product site and added some new areas, including more content for new users and business owners.
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