ClusterSeven ADM supports governance processes for assessing and reducing risk associated with Access® databases, by applying a database control framework and lifecycle management to them.

ADM monitors Access databases and tracks changes in their key structural attributes, such as queries, tables, reports, forms and links. ADM can also carry out on-the-spot comparisons between different versions of the same database, to track the who-when-what changes in situations where source code management isn’t used.

Identifying risks and issues

Among the risks and issues ADM can identify and alert you to are the following:

Database design that doesn’t follow Access Database best practice
Poorly designed queries that could result in inefficient data extraction from IT systems
Breaks in volatile data structures used in shared environments
Broken schema models between multiple database versions
High-risk links to other EUC files and corporate data sources

Immediate and future improvements

ADM can additionally identify opportunities to improve productivity, such as safe deletion of database objects to bring file sizes down; and identify data sources elsewhere in your organization which feed your Access databases.

Once you have your Access databases under control, you can use ADM to help you decide which ones should be retired and replaced with more robust IT systems.

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