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