Custom designed database and spreadsheet programs.
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* Estimating programs
* Legal, Medical, Real Estate
* Task and contact tracking
* Inventory - Purchase orders
Access tables support a variety of field types, indices, and referential integrity including cascading updates and deletes. Access also includes a query interface, forms to display and enter data, and reports for printing. The underlying is multi-user and handles record-locking.
Repetitive tasks can be automated through custom vba programming with point-and-click options. It is also easy to place a database on a network and have multiple users share and update data without overwriting each other's work. .
Programmers can create solutions using VBA, which is throughout the Microsoft Office programs: Excel, Word, Outlook and PowerPoint.
Power users and developers like me can extend basic end-user solutions to a professional solution with advanced automation, data validation, error trapping, and multi-user support.
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