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Database Consulting

Our database consulting services are designed to solve your unique and complex business needs.

Design, Develop, Convert, & Audit

For over 30 years, PCApps Database Consulting Services has been delivering outstanding database applications and outstanding user interfaces to the data. Our expert team consists of more than 15 top-notch professionals — database consultants, business analysts, application designers, SQL database and .NET engineers, project managers and test engineers. Our consultants understand the inner workings of MS SQL Server, MS Excel, MS Access, .NET Development for Desktop and the web. While every database consulting project is unique, it is likely that we have experience creating solutions for your industry.

Our database consulting services are designed to solve your unique and complex business needs.
We can help whether you need:

Type of Data Migrations

Database Consulting - Excel to MS Access
Excel to MS Access migration

As the amount of data in an MS Excel spreadsheets grows or becomes more critical in nature, it becomes important to migrate to a “real” database. For smaller LAN-based use with a limited number of users, migrating your MS Excel spreadsheet(s) to MS Access may provide an adequate, cost-effective approach.

MS Access to SQL Express
MS Access to SQL Server Express (MSDE)

If the amount of business data and/or end users has outgrow the limitations of MS Access, but you do not require the Internet database connectivity that a full SQL Server license affords, migrating your MS Access data store to Microsoft SQL Server Express (also known as the Microsoft SQL Server Desktop Engine, MSDE) might be the right solution. This approach overcomes many of the performance, security and scalability deficiencies of MS Access, while preserving the investment in the MS Access front-end application

Excel to SQL Server
Excel to SQL Server

While MS Excel spreadsheets offer a lot of power to users and can be quickly shared and updated, keeping data constrained and properly tracking changes in a multi-user environment can easily get out of control.  If you have run out of columns or rows in your Excel spreadsheet, find it impossible to track changes to data, or are continually cleaning-up missing or invalid data, then it is probably time to consider migrating to a SQL database solution.

MS Access to SQL Server
MS Access to SQL Server

Upgrading from MS Access to SQL Server can pose many challenges, usually related to data corruption and lack of data integrity constraints. Practical has the experience and skills to successfully navigate many of the obstacles that typically block efforts to migrate data from an intro-level MS Access database to a commercial-strength SQL Server database



We understand that a database is worthless if it is not used. Therefore, while coding is very important, meeting the business objectives is critical. We always begin by understanding the business problem that needs to be solved. In addition, we will build a working prototype for your users to try so you will get to see how the solution will work in your environment.

Here are some of the areas of our database consulting expertise:

  • Data Entry: A system is only as good as the data that is in it. Therefore, the data entry process must be simple. We create data entry that is easy to use and designed to fit their work flow.
  • The Database: An effective database architecture is critical so we create high performance, distributable databases that are structured to handle heavy use for many years into the future.
  • The Software: We are one of the nation’s leading consultants in Microsoft database applications. Our team truly understands the inner workings of Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Access, Microsoft SQL Server, the Microsoft .NET framework, and Microsoft Smart Clients, allowing us to truly maximize the software.
  • Reporting: The most effective applications present data in a form that makes it easy to make intelligent business decisions. Our PRACTICAL approach brings the right tools for the project whether it is with simple reports or integration into Crystal Report, or sophisticated dashboards and visualization tools make it easiest to make decisions.
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