Microsoft Access is a well-known application platform on which databases can be built. Access is a very neat program that allows for databases to be design and build ranging from very small databases, like the ones that come as “demo databases” with the package, right up to custom build-from-scratch databases that use Access as their framework.
Several years ago it was a key player in the SME database applications arena.
Although the Microsoft Access framework recently had a complete revamp, there are some flaws with the model.
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The disadvantages of Access databases
Although it once was a great development platform, unfortunately the main problem with Microsoft Access is the fact that it is a localised database platform, in other words, if its installed on a system, then the user has to be on that system to use it – or at the very least, if its deployed over a network then it has to be used within that network, and frankly access does not work brilliantly over a network even when deployed correctly.
In this day and age, having a database (that is also normally an integral part to the business that it serves) that can only be accessed from “on site” is simply not good enough – if the company has field workers, home workers and directors that are constantly on the move, having to come into the office to access the company database is futile.
Traditionally, a company that had designed their database in Access would often be stuck with that system and not able to break away from it due to the finances that had already been committed to the project.
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Advantages of web applications over Access databases
There are lots of advantages of web applications over traditional access databases. Some of the key ones are as follows:
Microsoft Access databases, despite their recent revamp, are running on old technology and are not the fastest applications out there.
Web based applications run on the latest technologies, and technologies that are being constantly improved by the industry as they are appreciated as the future of application development. Because of this fact, web applications are much faster than most other types of databases, especially access.
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Web applications are much more scalable than access databases. Access is very much restricted by its surroundings – from the machine its stored on to the network it’s running over, everything is a potential restriction to the expansion of an access database.
A web application is often infinitely scalable due to the fact that it runs on a universal platform, on a server and often in the cloud.
As we touched on earlier, web databases by their definition are accessible from anywhere and from literally any device that has a web browser built in. Because they are hosted in the cloud and delivered over the internet they can serve users and employees from any location.
You might think that the statement above regarding accessibility makes a web database sound insecure? Actually the opposite is true – whilst Access databases actually have very limited options when it comes to security, web applications run on platforms that have the highest levels of security already built in. What’s more, a web application can be designed with additional layers of security, access permissions and auditing.