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Online Database Applications: choosing one for my client that has these requiremtns

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I am exploring using Access to do this, but I have never put a database for access online, so I'm not sure how current version of MS Access scales for this, can anyone fill me in?

I need about 20 managers to be able to access and edit all elements of data. Its for a training database, with teachers, students, classrooms, etc. I need all managers to be able to enter data online.

Major requirement is that it have a "calender dashboard" so a good scripting features to create something a little more custom or if the database has a great detailed calender dashboard built in.

I'm looking for something like Access or if Access would work, please let me know details. Thanks.
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MS Access is not recommended for more than 5 users and has severe limitations.  I would suggest using sharepoint for this.  You can do a lot with the free version running on Windows Server 2008 R2.  There are many advanced scripting options as well as a ton of web parts (free and for purchase from third parties) that  do advanced calendaring and all types of things.

http://sharepoint.microsoft.com/en-us/Pages/default.aspx
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In terms of development, I'm not understanding is sharepoint a relational database like access? And if some of my users are on macs, they wont be able to use it, because windows 7,8 is required?
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Sharepoint is an intranet which uses Microsoft SQL server as the back end.  You can run the standard edition of Sharepoint with SQL Express (Sharepoint internal database) for free (you have to pay for the Windows Server Standard license though).

Sharepoint uses Sites, Pages, and Web Parts/Lists/Document Libraries.  Sites cover a department, topic, project, etc and contain pages.  Pages contain web parts, lists, document libraries, etc.  A calendar would be considered a web part.  There are a lot of customizable web parts included (including calendars) and many more for free and for purchase.  If you are good with Access you should pick up Sharepoint pretty quickly.

As Sharepoint is accessed from a browser (usually IE) Macs will mostly be fine; they may experience some minor glitches here and there.  This blog talks about some of the issues/differences you might encounter on a MAC.

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/opal/archive/2010/11/13/sharepoint-2010-on-a-mac-with-office-for-mac-2011.aspx
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