Many times we run into this all too familiar issue:

  1. IT doesn’t like Access.  They actually hate it.  And would prefer to see it out of the business entirely.
  2. I ask them why.
  3. It stores data which is NOT on the server.  And users control the data.  And users can steal the data.  And the software is expensive.
  4. Ask them if they allow Excel?  Yes, of course.

Hmmm.  and they are different how?  Excel:  stores data in a file.  data controlled by user.  User can steal the file.  Software same cost as Access.  Can be incredibly complicated and actually used as a database by some people.

So the question is actually “why does IT not understand and love it’s prodigal child Access”?  We are creatures of habit, and Excel was common long before Access.  Users got used to simple rows and columns, and used to mathematical formulas.  It became a defacto standard.  Today, IT doesn’t like Access because they can not easily support it (lack of skill and time to figure out how to use it), can not understand relational databases (lack of training, totally different skill set  – i.e. DBA) , and see it as a foreign system on their network requiring highly specialized support.  The issue is more IT than it is Access.

Next time IT tells you Access is not viable, and should not be in the network…share this with them and challenge them on the merits of Excel.

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.