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Luke Chung of FMS, Inc. has published an interesting article on the Enterprise Features site that discusses some of the negative perceptions about Access, especially within enterprise settings. Luke argues that Access can be a big productivity booster for individuals and teams in the enterprise, and that IT departments should not put restrictions on the use of Access. Here's an excerpt:
"Organizations should recognize end users and line of business managers can create a lot of solutions on their own and are best equipped to do so (like giving bullets to infantry). These solutions should be considered tactical (special forces) not strategic (nuclear weapons) and should not be held to the same standards. Get things done quickly and moving on is the key to being nimble."
See Luke's article here.
PS. If you're interested in more information about deploying Access databases, see the Office.com article Ways to share an Access database.
Thank you. desktopweb.blogspot.com/.../sql-xml-with-access.html mentions a Northwind sample database available at http://desktopweb.codeplex.com.
but I don't see it
The database is at desktopweb.codeplex.com/.../54874. It is the same database used for other SQL Server samples. So, you can also get a copy on MSDN. Also, you are welcome to ask questions on the desktopweb.codeplex.com Discussions tab or directly on my blog.