Which database program to use?

Lately I have been updating customers’ databases and discussing with them their individual needs for setting up their own database program.  With so many database software programs in the market, its important to take into account the following considerations:

  • Costs, running costs, customer service.
  • What are the pros/cons of this program – short term/long term.
  • How efficient is the database administrator of the program. Will he/she be able to understand how it works, update it and be able to resolve any problems.
  • Compatibililty of the program with computer system/other applications.
  • Reporting tools.

I am experienced with many database programs including Excel, Access, Act, Accware, Filemaker, Drupal, SummitPro, etc.

TIP: What do you do with all the Business Cards you have collected from your networking events? Enter into a database program e.g. Excel.

If you need assistance with data entry, please contact me at manager@xpress-secretary.com .

You will find some further resources at this website http://databases.about.com/od/administration/tp/topdesktopdbs.htm

About Mary Jordon

Professional and highly skilled Secretary, providing online help with typing. Assists clients in Australia and also USA and UK with formatting documents and transcription of audio recordings - research focus groups, academic, legal/medical. Skilled in Word Processing, Web applications, Transcriptions, Resumes, Writing letters and reports, formatting Manuals, PowerPoint Presentations, Newsletters, Blog management, Social Media management. Online Monday to Saturday xpressonline@bigpond.com.
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