Lately I find myself revisiting a lot of my databases to change Access queries to SQL views.  Then question has to pose itself…is it worth it?

If you don’t already know it, SQL runs server side and is much faster and better back end to Microsoft Access.  It can process what would be a 5 minute complex query in Access in usually less than a few seconds.  In reinventing our databases we have found that to improve user experience, a major factor is whether or not I am using a query or a view.  Now don’t go all crazy here…I still use Access queries and love them for either simple filters, form drivers, or even temporary use figuring out SQL code for a VBA statement!  But our larger dashboards and complex queries now use views.

For the front end user experience, we always use MS Access, and I don’t see that changing anytime soon.  But slowly over the last year we have been migrating our back end databases to SQL, and more recently working with Azure to test the user experience.  But that’s another blog for another day!

Jeff Shirley

Jeff Shirley

Founder & CEO
Jeff brings over 27 years of experience to the table, along with numerous awards, certifications, and real-world implementations.  His database solutions are currently running in industries including government, mining, agriculture, finance, education, science, research, non-profits, and healthcare businesses around North America and serve thousands of users day to day.  Jeff is a five-time MVP Award recipient for Microsoft Access, acknowledging contributions to community projects, evangelism, and educational outreach on Microsoft technologies.  Today there are less than 50 Access MVP’s worldwide. While Jeff focuses day to day on business management, IoT development, IT integrations and design, database architecture or other typical complex tasks, he also is a co-owner of Blue Heron Gardens, a commercial apiary running over 200 beehives.  Fresh honey is a small perk for many of our clients!

Mitch Redekopp

Mitch works with our clients day to day ensuring web development and IT projects are done to exceed customer expectations.  His background includes formal training in IT, Microsoft and CompTIA certifications, real-world business experience, and a true dedication to ensuring clients receive timely and professional support on their projects with Rivercity Technology Services.  Given the most difficult requests for IT solutions, Mitchell can assist our clients in finding a path to the best options which deliver results for our clients.  Mitchell is an avid soccer player and Manchester City fan, be sure to talk soccer with him when you can.