Microsoft Access


Proposal and Process Evaluation

We begin the process by meeting with you to discuss your current datapoints and to understand your business operations. From our initial meetings, we develop a database proposal summary for you, detailing the work to complete a system that is customized to meet your specific needs. The final proposal will list the estimated hours and timeframe in which to complete the database project. After we have discussed your current business processes and needs, we are able to set up the initial database design.


The next step is to start developing the database application that now models your existing business operations. Throughout this process, we typically meet with you on a regular basis to ensure that we remain on track with your application needs and desires.


Once the new system is developed to your satisfaction, we will collaborate with you to implement and make a smooth transition to the new system.

Reporting and Data Analysis

There are many aspects of potential reports. We begin with the most relevant reports that assist you in running your business. With our experience, we help you choose potential reports that help you save time and money that report key details.

Ongoing Training, Documentation and Support

Finally, we realize that business processes and needs change over time. We are available to provide ongoing support to meet your changing needs. Another way to facilitate a smooth transition to a new system is to provide documentation such as instruction sheets, user guides and administrator guides. We are available to provide whatever level of documentation you believe would be most beneficial for your business.

Existing Database

Do you currently have a Microsoft Access database that needs attention?

Over time, database systems need adjustment or additions. Service First Consulting can assist you with any updates or changes to an existing database system.

We can meet with you to review the current system and do an overall inventory of all the database objects and processes. The inventory will include steps to improve efficiency and speed of the overall system. We will only do any changes or updates that are necessary and will improve the overall performance of the system.

Escaping Excel Dependency

Microsoft Excel is a powerful tool within the Microsoft 365 suite. With the ease of starting workbooks, it’s easy to gravitate to using Excel due to the initial simplicity and there is no one in the organization that understands or knows how to use Microsoft Access.

How do you know if you are overly dependent on Excel?

  • Do you have Excel files linked to a variety of other workbooks?
  • Are there calculations linked across these workbooks?
  • Are some workbooks viewable to only a select few in the company?
  • For overall reporting, is it a difficult undertaking to create any kind of accurate reporting?

If your organization is running on these or other types of Excel dependency, then you may be missing the true power of a relational database using Microsoft Access.

Reach out to Service First Consulting and let us help you take inventory of the information in your company.

Why Microsoft Access?

The question comes up often on why use Microsoft Access?  Microsoft Access has been the primary database in the office suite since 1991. There have been a variety of changes over the years, but it is still included and widely used in the current Microsoft 365 suite of products.
There are no record limitations to any Access database, other then the overall size of the database, which is 2 Gigabytes. Unlike Excel, which only allows one user at a time to work in the file, Microsoft Access allows up to 250 con-current users. However, most Access systems are using 10-15 users.

Microsoft Access can be used for any database need across all industries. All the user interfaces can be customized to meet the needs of the system.  Let Service First help you get started creating your customized system today.