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Smart Clients and SQL Server Cost Less

Even though Microsoft Access is included in the Microsoft Office enterprise suite, it is usally more expensive to build a robust application on this “free” software. Practical Computer Applications (PCA) has come to this conclusion after developing literally hundreds of custom Internet-based business applications using MS Access, MSDE, and MS SQL Server.

With MS Access projects, we tend to spend more time and effort on “defensive engineering” due to limitations, compatibility issues, user interface constraints, and difficulties associated with deploying and controlling MS Access in a distributed business environment.  Unfortunately, after investing the extra time and effort to overcome these MS Access limitations, it is all a sunk cost as the MS Access platform does not scale.  Here are some specifics:

  • PCA engineers spend on average one-third less time developing custom applications on on MS SQL Server and .NET than with MS Access.
  • The results are far better and the application is more scalable (has a longer shelf-life).

Smart Clients can be installed directly from a URL or an icon on a web page.   The process is similar to many applications from Google (such as Google Earth) that can be easily launched and simply updated.

The result is that Smart Clients using SQL Server cost less to develop, update, and maintain.  Applications that are built on the right components end up costing PCA’s clients less and they get more.

Advantages of Microsoft Smart Clients

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