In the wake of COVID19, many organizations shifted to the work-from-home model. While we are slowly back on track, companies are still asking workers to work remotely. It is a seamless working experience for some, while others still grapple with how to work efficiently and securely in the digital space. 

Undoubtedly, organizations have thrived working remotely. However, at the same time, there are concerns for people who are still not accustomed to working from home. One such concern is, running the MS access database remotely. If you have also encountered problems with running your Access database, this blog is for you. Keep reading!

Run Access Database Easily While Working Remotely

When you are working remotely, you are running an Access database over a VPN. This means, you are dependent on two networks; i.e., your own internet connection, and office network that sends data to and fro between you and the work server. Undeniably, it is a slow process.

Though things improve gradually, it isn’t great! You might be looking for ways to solve these speed issues with MS access remote working and improve performance. Here are some tips to do so-

Have Local Copies

Have a database that is made of two linked files; back end/front end. One file is for data, and the other for application. Each user should have a local copy of the front-end file. This will help reduce network traffic, minimize the chances of data corruptions. Try to avoid wireless connections to your data files. Also, make sure that your data file is backed up.

Note – If you are using a WAN, you will likely face speed, or performance issues. MS Access doesn’t work well with WANs.

One alternative to resolve this issue is to log into your office PC using the remote control software, like the TeamViewer.

Use A Remote Desktop

Use a remote desktop or RDP connection via a VPN. First, you log into a server where you can see a Windows desktop. It seems like you are using your own computer; however, everything is running on that server. So, there will be no data transfers across a network.

You can migrate your data file to SharePoint lists. This way, all your data sits in the MS Cloud. You can connect to it from anywhere via MS application or the Front-end file.

Some Other Tips On Working From Home With MS Access

In addition to the tips mentioned above, here are some more solutions to working efficiently with MS Access-

SQL Server

MS SQL server is an enterprise-grade database which can scale to hundreds of users and a lot of data. Not only it works well with Microsoft Access, but it can also be used with smaller database solutions. In this setup, you store all your data within MS SQL server and point the front end to it rather than storing it in an Access file.

MS Azure cloud version of SQL allows you to host your data securely in the cloud. Plus, it is easily accessible for users who are working remotely. 

MS Access Database Mobile Apps

Hybrid MS Access database mobile applications provide the workers remotely with access to all the crucial information they need to perform their job. Most remote workers may not need a complete comprehensive list of clients; so, a simple mobile application could be a great alternative.

Data Extraction

Need a quick access to data lists? You can extract data as a text file or spreadsheet. Besides, you can work with some other application or upload to a sharing solution, like Google docs.

These are some of the ways that can help you use MS Access efficiently while working remotely.