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Access or FileMaker Pro

Just getting a consensus for what the group feels would be better for tracking Inventory, help desk, and baseline configurations.

I am on the side of access.  I like the customization and the freedom to change as needed.  Where as FMP you need to purchase the newest version.  Plus it's not the best when it comes to Front-end / Back-end.  Not too mention the ODBC connection issues  that you can have.

This is how I look at the problem.  If the company is already paying a group to write programs using Access, MySQL, PHP, Apache, and SQL then why are we forking out thousands in purchasing software we could easily design and support.  I am sure there is a business model that supports it but it seems rather wasteful.

So what are the Pros and Cons of each?

John