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Estimating the Complexity of Your MS Access Project


Microsoft Access is the world's leading desktop database application, with approximately 12 million licensed copies worldwide (according to Microsoft sources). With MS Access readily available on many PCs at work, a large number of prospective users try their hand at creating an Access database application to improve their group's productivity and minimize information errors often caused by maintaining data in spreadsheets. While Microsoft made many improvements in Access 2007 to simplify database creation, there is still much to learn when developing an Access database project. This brief paper is intended to help you better gauge how complex your project may be in order to evaluate the trade-offs between using a spreadsheet-based method versus Microsoft Access.