Frequently Asked Questions related to Microsoft Access database conversions.

Who Maintains the Application and Database?

The original estimate we provide is for the development and conversion of the Microsoft Access application.  Once the application goes live, you are responsible for ongoing maintenance and changes.  We provide all the database and source code necessary for you or your team to maintain the application yourself.

If you don’t have a technical staff in place, we also offer competitive options for our team to maintain your application as well.  We can maintain the application on your servers, or we can host and maintain the application on our servers.  Our maintenance includes business logic changes requested by you, changes to reports, and other small changes to the application or database.  It also includes upgrades to common application modules as they are released.

Can I make changes when you are done?

Yes!  When the conversion is complete, you will have a database and application that are fully modifiable by you  The application will contain some modules that are provided to you under license, but that license allows you to fully modify any components you deem necessary as long as they are for your own use.  (Licensed modules cannot be resold.)

How long will it take?

Just like everything else, the time it takes to do the conversion varies on a number of factors.  But the typical conversion project takes about 4-6 weeks to complete.

How much does the conversion cost?

There is not a “one-size-fits-all” price for converting access databases, and several factors must be considered.  The complexity of the database is generally driven by the number of tables, the number of reports and the number of data entry forms in the database.  Our consultants will analyze your database and requirements and develop a conversion estimate at no cost to you.  If the price for the project is outside your budget, we can often suggest changes to the final product to fit your budget.  In our experience, most access database conversions can be done for between $5K and $30K.  If your budget is less than that it is likely that the solution we are recommending is not appropriate for you, and Microsoft Access is probably a more appropriate platform.