Bespoke Software and Databases

Back Office Databases and Systems

IT Consultancy

Considering installing new information systems? Either to improve profitibility or break into new markets. Seagrass can help by assessing the technical feasilbility of your plans and providing an independent analysis of the risks. Where necessary, Seagrass can project manage and co-ordinate work carried out for you by other professionals.

Back Office Support

It is likely that you have already established good working relationships with web design companies and/or Internet Service Providers. Our aim is always to work with your existing suppliers to communicate and co-ordinate with them so that as a team we can provide the solution that you desire on time and to budget.

Why doesn't Microsoft Access have all the power I need?

Microsoft Access has come a long way from it's humble origins as a simple single user database, for example it now has the ability to connect to much more powerful Structured Query Language (SQL) servers. It has considerable programming and logic handling ability and is a good choice for many mid-range or lower applications. However, MS Access is not a professional programming platform and has serious limitations which are a trade off in order to keep usability simple.

Microsoft has never suggested using MS Access as an general purpose business problem solution platform. Access lacks the programming power to address the more complex business requirements you might have, now and in the future. Also, Microsoft have always positioned Access as an end user desktop tool, shipped as part of their Office Suite and as such is geared toward a single or at most only a handful of concurrent users.

More powerful, scalable and often more cost-effective solutions can be found with platforms/technologies such as .NET, PHP or Java and databases such as Microsoft SQL Server, mySQL or Oracle.

Access Data Recovery and Maintenance

If you're having problems with your database (Lost data, Too slow, Poor security) we can repair it, in many cases recover the data and improve the configuration to reduce the risk of future corruption. Many databases, particularly Microsoft Access, are prone to corruption which often leads to performance issues and loss of data, and repairing them can sometimes be difficult even with the built-in tools. If you're able to send us a copy of your database, we'll give you an appraisal of the damage and a quotation to repair it. Please check our privacy policy if you have concerns about confidentiality. Also, if it's an obscure or particularly old format we'd appreciate as much information about the database as you can offer.

In addition we also offer maintenance contracts for any existing applications and databases you might have that have had developed by 3rd parties. This will take usually take the form of email and business hours telephone support and can be negotiated in terms of an hourly rate or a fixed monthly fee. In most cases this can take the form of remote working (e.g. Virtual Private Network, Remote Desktop, Terminal Server, VNC or PC Anywhere) which offers geographical independence (and hence, faster response times and cost effectiveness).

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