Access database programmer Access database programmer certified

John has been doing nothing but Microsoft Access since 1994. Daily, he uses skills such as complex queries, DAO, VBA, calls to the Windows API, data import and export.

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A Short History...

Since the introduction of the IBM PC in 1981, John's activities have evolved. In the first year, there wasn't much to work with, but he did a couple of jobs for local builders using Lotus 1-2-3. Then, when the first compilers came along, some other Developers joined and it was apparent that the team should specialize in database projects. A short period of Pascal programming lead to expert work in dBase III then Clipper and specialization in database work. Microsoft Windows arrived on the early '90s and this led to an easy decision to go forward with consulting solutions in Microsoft Access for clients in NH, MA, ME, NY, and CT Although the majority of work came in from the Boston to Portland, ME area, projects have been completed in many other states.

Microsoft Access has been erroneously portrayed as a database. It is much much more. Actually it is better described as a rich application development platform that includes a powerful relational database. Data can be stored directly in Access tables or SQL Server.

Aside from Microsoft Access there is no other economical solution to department-level database projects.

A big competitive advantage of Access developers is their ability to straddle the end user needs with the more sophisticated professional, back-office IT operations. Microsoft Access fills the gap between the flexibility and ease of use in Excel which is entirely controlled by the end user, to the more rigorous demands (and benefits) of database applications.

A great Access programmer has an excellent understanding of their client's requirements, what the data really means, its relation to other data and what it's used for. He/she is also comfortable working with end users in an iterative manner to reach the final solution.

Demanding an upfront, detailed design document is nice, but that rarely works because most end users cannot easily provide it -- they simply don't know. But when they see a result, they can make good suggestions that they could not perceive before. Access provides an environment where rapid application development by a highly experiencced Access programmer (some call it prototyping) can be performed quickly and for minimal cost compared to alternative platforms.

Microsoft Access Development

We often find ourselves explaining to clients exactly what type of applications you can develop with Access. Access offers a variety of features for different database needs. It is a highly cost-effective means of generating these types of single or multi-user applications:
-- Small business apps
-- Business solutions online -- Departmental apps
-- Enterprise apps
-- As a front-end for client/server apps
-- Intranet database solutions

Access is exceptionally good as a reporting tool. With it, you can achieve very presentable designs for
--Detail reports
--Summary reports
--Reports containing subreports
--Cross-tab reports
--Reports containing graphics and charts
--Reports containing subreports
--Reports containing all of the above!

But keep in mind that the key to good reporting is developing a correct query under the report.

So please contact us either by Email ( or phone (603-926-6611) to talk about how our Access Programmers can work with you to create, upgrade, or enhance your database.

Abstracts of my major projects follow.

Custom Electric, Merrimack, NH
Access Programmer

Developed a complete business management application in Access 2013 for this Electrical Contracting firm. A very big feature for this client was getting this to work remotely through Windows Remote Desktop being hosted at a local IT company. Client contractors can go to jobsites with their tablets and using wireless connections to a shared data source (in Access) can input data to the central data tables. In effect, this is classic Access but on the Web!

Contact: Jeff Kibbie 603-424-7557

Becton Dickinson - ADC Andover, MA
Access Programmer

Created a complete Inventory Tracking system in Access 2013. The app's workflow is Receipts to Inspection to Transfers of parts to various locations. Reporting consists of a number of queries that include showing all Part quantities at all locations .

Contact: Andy LaBranche 978-901-7344

Novo Nordisk West Lebanon, NH
Access Programmer

Developed an Access 2013 system to handle Purchasing and Receiving of medical parts. This app prints a complex Purchase Order and tracks incoming parts and transfers to various locations.

Contact: Timothy Parker 603-298-3123 or Mike Mayo 603-298-3120

Chaston Associates North Andover, MA
Access Programmer

Created a very involved Access 2013 system to capture and report on loan activity for client banks. This allows Chaston to do a very thorough review of bank risk levels prior to a regular planned SEC audit. The app is heavy on the analytical side with over 20 complex reports,

Contact: Diane Duff 978-686-3688

Vartanian Cabinets Palmer, MA
Access Programmer

Created a quoting/proposal utility that replaces those done before in Microsoft Word. Users can select from many categories and materials, some with images and some with extra notes to produce an attractive Proposal with attached Contract for acceptance and signature.

Contact: Aram Vartanian 413-531-5701

American Plant Maintenance Woburn, MA
Access Programmer

Took on support of an Access program that has been in use for several years, but was left in a compiled (.mde) state with no source code to be found. I was able to locate a company in the UK that reverse engineered the front-end file for a reasonable price once all authorizations were signed.

I was then able to take on support and made some early modifications.

Contact: Collin McGeary 781-281-2420

MacNichol Electric, Inc Lynnfield, MA
Access Programmer

Upgraded full-featured business management app from Access 2003 to Access 2010. Fixed several bugs that had been bothering the owner and family staff for years.

Contact: Stephen MacNichol 781-760-7196

TEK Microsystems, Inc Nashua, NH
Access Programmer

TEK Micro designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of advanced high-performance FPGA based sensor I/O processing products for embedded real-time computing systems. I imported their Excel data and wrote an Order Entry and processing system in Access 2010.

Contact: Renee Griffin 978-328-5944

Valescent Health (div of Apria Healthcare) Nashua, NH
Access Programmer

Wrote an Access 2010 application to track Patients, Clients, Procedures and Providers. The schema was of medium complexity with 16 tables but some of them immediately grew to well over 1 million records. As a result, speed of query optimization was identified as being critical. I migrated all data to SQL Server and performed stress testing before turning the project over to the users.

Contact: Geoffrey Keegan 603-880-4464

Leggat McCall Properties Boston, MA
Access Programmer

LMP delivers complex real estate projects as investors, project managers, and advisors. I developed an Access 2010 program to handle their large real estate projects. In addition to the tracking of Projects, team members, and allocation of staff time, I developed an extensive reporting scheme.

Contact: Allison Nunn 617-820-2147 or Don Birch 617-422-7007

Costa Fruit and Produce Boston, MA
Access Programmer

Costa is the largest supplier of products to stores and restaurants in the Greater Boston area. I wrote a complex Costing program in Access 2010 to replace an aging Wang application. It is very much like a Bill-of-materials task incorporating products at 3 to 6 levels of assembly. Labor, waste, packaging, and even down to the label are handled.

The Costing Engine uses recursive functions to trace through all levels of assembly and packaging. Costs are rolled up and are affected by quite a variety of selectable factors along the way. Also developed an extensive reporting system.

Contact: Joe Walsh 617-912-8047 or Kevin Linnehan 617-241-8007

FPI Inc. (Jonathan Pond, LLC) Newton, MA
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Jonathan is a nationally known financial planner with close affiliations with AARP. For many years, his firm has produced a very substantial and complete set of financial reports and advice based on extensive questionnaires sent in by conference attendees as well as respondents to public TV presentations. Done in VB6 and Borland, the report generation became very slow compared to current technology, but more seriously was breaking down. They lost support from the prior Developer and I was called. On my advice, the firm purchased new hardware and the current version of Microsoft Office. I set them up with a LogMeIn connection so I could transfer editions of my work to their site frequently. This became a content management project with dependence on complex combinations of responses concerning age, family, investments, retirement plans, risk preference and many other items. In some cases one of 50 possible responses were determined to go into a particular report section.

Contact: Jonathan Pond 617-243-0020

State Street Bank Boston, MA
Access Programmer/Consultant

I offer continuing support for Melissa's HR project in Access 2003. Over the past several years, there there has arisen the need to change the way that the study of job functions are compensated. These calculations vary geographically as well as by country and salary band. Heavy mathematical internals prevail.

Contact: Melissa Fleming 617-664-5464

Private Business Jets Hingham, MA
Access Database Developer/Programmer
June 2007 - Now

This company arranges charter jet trips for high profile individuals and groups from corporation executives to rock stars. Their distinction is that they are able to draw on their ten years of experience in order to quote the requestor immediately on hearing the trip's specifications. Then, they solve by calling carriers of planes/private pilots they have used before, locating planes setting idle away from their base or with empty legs, and as a last resort hooking up a single leg via commercial jets.

Upon completion of this application and placing it into production, the client reported that it cut typical trip solve time from 4 hours to twenty minutes and added a higher degree of certainty to each job's profitability.

Contact: Jim Croke 800-641-5387

Maximus Hartford, CT, (also NY)
Access Programmer / Consultant
Dec 2006 - Now

Maximus is a substantial IT consulting firm serving primarily the government sector. As part of their team working for the State of Connecticut's Department of Social Services (DSS), I created a program in Access 2003 to replace a large and intricate set of Excel spreadsheets that managed Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) as well as Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF).

There are 12 Agencies involved in this within the Connecticut DSS with names such as Dept. of Children and Families, Dept. of Corrections, Dept of Labor, Judicial, Office of State Treasurer, and so on. Each has many programs and subprograms and is served by many providers. The need was to unify all this data and allow systematic quarterly imports of data from many sources to replace all the manual spreadsheet manipulations that went on before.

An additional task was to create complex Access forms that allocate monies from various funding streams to these programs and then estimate what would be required for the following fiscal year. The program also distills all the actual distributions into two formal annual reports named ACF-196 (TANF) and ACF-696 (CCDF).

Contact: Rachelle Ussery 215-683-0415

Disetronics Sterile Products Portsmouth, NH
Access Programmer
Mar 2007 - Now

Disetronic is a subsidiary of Hoffmann LaRoche. In a clean-room environment, they manufacture clinical devices, especially insulin pumps for diabetics. They had a pressing need to improve the tracking of numbered work lots to track the entire manufacturing cycle. We divided the4 work into two major tasks: Warehousing and Production.

As Einstein once said about hypotheses, "Make it as simple as possible, but no simpler. "Before doing any coding, we spent the first week just designing the data schema needed to support both sides of their world. With this careful analysis, we were able to do the job with a minimal number of tables. The schema was reduced to a core set named tblLotMaster, tblWarehouse, tblItemMaster, tblSuppliers, tblTransactionLog, and just a few other lookup tables. .

Contact: Glen Stadig 603-427-5511 Ext 227

Accurate Brazing, Inc, Goffstown, NH
Access Programmer and Consultant
Oct 2006 - Now

Bud had created a very extensive set of operational and financial programs in Access 95. Deployed on 15 PCs throughout the plant, the code was getting severely out of shape because of the variety of operating systems and hardware that it was being asked to run on. It was overdue for an upgrade. Using my offsite lab, I upgraded 4 front-ends plus 4 back-end .mdbs all the way to Access 2003 with no intermediate versions. As is typical, the data went through this process fine, but there were severe anomalies (reported as VBA corruptions) with the Forms and Reports modules. With care and singling out the bad actors for special treatment, the whole set of programs was put into production within three weeks from start.

PAX World Funds, Portsmouth, NH, (also Maine, NY)
Visual Basic/Access Programmer
Jun 2006 - Aug 2006 and
Jul 2003 - Dec 2003

This major mutual fund company hired me to finish the work started by a previous Access Programmer. The program tracks commissions owed to brokers all across the country on all kinds of mutual fund transactions. A quarterly import of data is required and I automated this to make life easy for the administrator (Michelle). I later took on Access projects in several other departments including a critical one, Social Screening that is the core of the firm's specialty. PAX continues to use me for general database support.

ProTracker Software, Hampton, NH
Visual Basic.NET ASP.NET Developer and Consultant
Contact: Warren Mackensen 603-926-8085
Jul 2004 - Oct 2004

This specialized software is marketed nationwide to Certified Financial Planning (CFP) firms. The owner, Warren has an excellent reputation, being a recognized "guru" in the industry and a frequent speaker at conventions. I worked on the internal database issues as well as a significant amount of work on the DotNet ECommerce web site the ProTracker uses to market the product. This included downloading data from a web service, working with common dotnet server controls, linking to the data on a remote SQL Server, and plenty of old-fashioned HTML coding.

Contact: Molly Mahoney 800-767-1729 Ext 19

UNITIL Corp, Hampton, NH
Visual Basic/Access Programmer and Analyst
May 2004 - Jun 2006

Unitil Corporation is a public utility holding company supplying gas and electric services. I took up where a previous Developer left off in a complex Access program. This is designed to track the monetary benefits of users who voluntarily upgrade their residential or commercial energy equipment. This program handles frequent vendor data imports in a wide variety of formats, from ascii (.txt), Access (.mdb), Excel (.xls), and dbase IV (.dbf). The vendors as well as the users of the equipment are tracked and energy savings are calculated in this program.

Contact: Cindy Carroll 603-773-6532

Fisher Scientific World Headquarters, Hampton, NH
VB/Access Programmer and Consultant
Dec 2003 - Jun 2004

Fisher had a bunch of databases containing the results of multiple Quarterly Customer Satisfaction Surveys. They needed a Developer to unify this data so it could be properly queried and reported on and so information across quarters and across divisions would make sense. I have merged all data into one set of normalized tables and am proceeding to rewrite all queries and reports to address the new schema. We are doing this in such a way that an eventual merge of this "seed" data will easily transform into a full CRM system by means of migration into a Siebel ODS (Operational Data Store). Contact: Dierdre Sommerkamp 603-929-2517

Tyco International Exeter, NH, Portland, Maine
Access Programmer (Access 2002)
May 2003 - Jun 2003

A local programming house named Compass Systems and Programming created an Employee Performance program in Access that is deployed at 100 worldwide regions. There were two very different versions, one for upper management and one for everyone else. I merged the two code bodies and reproduced all the pre-existing functionality.

Just for fun, I changed some employees' names and ids and published a subset of the data to our password protected .NET website in an editable datagrid. I did this to demonstrate our skills with DotNet and to show the value of centralized, up-to-date, and secure data. Currently, like so many others, Tyco exchanges data between regions via EMail attachment of Excel spreadsheets.

Contact: Jeff Kovach 603-778-9090

State of NH - Dept of Education, Concord, NH
Consultant / Coder ( Visual Basic / Access Programmer
Jan, 2000 to Jul 2001

The DOE needed a database Developer in NH to develop a brand new program to deal with a complex new tracking system mandated by the Federal Dept. of Labor. This legislation that created this national system was the Work Incentive Act (WIA) so that is what we named the State of NH response to it. My program tracks out of work participants and a myriad of details about them while they are involved in Job Training and other educational programs to improve their employability. Many business rules and extensive exporting and reporting at the state and federal level. Periodically transmitted the NH data in formatted records of over 3000 bytes to Dept. of Labor main database which collects data for all the states.
Contact: Bonnie St. Jean 603-271-3805

...and many other database programming projects going back into the mid 1990s.

Here are some other things we are good at...

Consultation - help with business decisions regarding your database
Table and Schema Design - the backbone of a good database
Upgrading earlier Microsoft Access applications
Migrating existing data into Microsoft Access or SQL Server
Search Engine Positioning...this is probably how you found us, so it works, right?

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