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  Sunday, April 06, 2014 – Permalink –

Use Access or Excel

When to use one or the other


Use Access when you:
  • Require a relational database (multiple tables) to store your data.

  • Might need to add more tables, in the future, to an originally flat or nonrelational data set.

  • Keep a very large amount of data (thousands of entries).

  • Keep data that is mostly text.

  • Rely on multiple external databases to derive and analyze the data that you need.

  • Need to maintain constant connectivity to a large external database, such as one built by using Microsoft SQL Server.

  • Want to run complex queries.

  • Need many people working in the database and you want robust options that expose that data for updating.
Use Excel when you:
  • Require a flat or nonrelational view of your data (that is, you do not need a relational database with multiple tables).

  • This is especially true if that data is mostly numeric - for example, if you want to maintain a financial budget for a given year.

  • Want to run primarily calculations and statistical comparisons on your data - for example, if you want to show a cost/benefit analysis in your company's budget.

Use Access or Excel to manage your data


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