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Comparing Notes to Access

Hi. I am helping my user to do research as to whether to use Lotus Notes or Access for her database, reports and forms. I'm trying to compare the two in terms of portability, scalability, security, ease-of-use, maintenance cost, training cost and set-up costs. I've been looking into Web sites for security comparison with Access but couldn't find any.

Can you help?
This is a tough question, for two reasons.

  1. Notes and Access are both large products with many features. The answer to your question depends on exactly what you are trying to accomplish, what kind of data is being stored, how much data there is, how you want to present or process the data, where you users are (in one building or around the world), etc.
  2. In general, Notes and Access are not considered similar products. Notes can be used as a database system, but is not primarily designed for this purpose. It is really collaboration/groupware for distributed users.

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