These “dinosaurs” of software power many of the day-to-day business
processes of many small businesses around the world – payroll, customer
records, inventory, marketing and so many things.
One of the limitations many of you face with databases is that
without some help from a technical person, only you, or those sharing
your computer, can access the database.
Of course with the rise of hosted applications many of us are using online database such as Trackvia, Quickbase and Dabble DB.
These databases make it VERY easy to input and share data with any
authorized user – be they in the next cubicle or in another time zone.
One of the more popular PC based databases is Microsoft Access. In
fact, over the years I’ve created many databases (reports, forms,
queries and programs) with Access. You can export your data to Excel
and import it into one of the databases mentioned above.
Taking your legacy data, and putting it securely online, means its not just “data” but a powerful collaboration tool.