Dial in access

Our company operates on a system using a microcomputer as a file server for our data and a uses outlook with an external web host for email.  I am trying to convince them to drastically update their system to allow Regional Employees dial in access to the network. (Novell).  

I just moved into a change management positiona and will be heading up the merger of 3 out of 5 divisions.  it is the perfect time for upgrades, and we have the funds.  However, I need to convince them to scrap the current program (BASIC) and move into SQL or similiar.  

Company info:  About 120 years old.  We have thousands of customers worldwide.  We also have a merchandising division that services thousands of stores a month.  What suggestions do you have on servers or databases that work best with external dial-in access.  We only have about 45 people in our corporate office.  

We are also planning on using new scanning devices within the next year.  Can you provide any advice?
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magarityConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Are you the controller or in some other budget decision making position?  It's amusing that you've asked here offering a mere 25 EE points (not much) for a set of questions that an IT consultant would charge hundreds of $$$ to set up.

You'll want to look into MySQL rather than MSSQL since MySQL is free.

SSH or some similar remote access via internet would be better than straight dialup, since internet can usually be had for the cost of a local phone call (free).

Also, sendmail rather than Outlook would be another nice change; sendmail is also free.

bshedronAuthor Commented:
Well, thanks for the help.  I am not the controller in this company, but this is the first time I have really used this site so I am not familiar with the cost of questions.  

I was under the impression that this site was intended for those who were trying to learn new things but didn't have hundreds of $$$ to get a quick bit of help.

I appreciate your help though.

I believe I said "It's amusing ... a mere 25 EE points" and not something like "You cheapskate" so there's no need to go off in a huff.
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