Want to securely access your data on the web?

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If you already have a Microsoft Access database for your small business or even have your business data in a spreadsheet, Access makes it easy to take data from your desktop database or spreadsheet and put it out on the web. All it takes is a $12.50 per month subscription to Office 365 for business. With that you get the latest desktop versions of all the Microsoft applications plus Office apps that run on any device including mobile devices. In addition, you get SharePoint 365, Microsoft’s web tool to secure, store, share, and view information on the web.

With this subscription, you’ll have everything you’ll need to build an Access web app that runs in a browser. The app is built in the desktop version of Access and deployed to SharePoint 365. This means your data is available anytime, anywhere as long as you have an Internet connection. With an Access app, your data resides in a SQL Server database in the cloud. The great thing about all of this is you can connect to that cloud database with the desktop version of Access. So, when you’re in the office you can use your desktop Access database to view and maintain your data. When you’re at a client site, you can use your mobile device to view and maintain that same data. This is a great setup for businesses like construction, landscaping, law, event planning, non-profits, and start up manufacturing.

If this seems too daunting or you simply don’t have the time, consider hiring a professional to do this work for you. For a nominal investment, you could get up and running in no time.

©Ken Cook
Cook Software Solutions, LLC

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