Saturday, September 17, 2011

Have I Thrown In the Towel

A user asked this great question

I’ve been in MS Office dev for quite a while…Access, Excel, Outlook….
Still, I learned a lot from your website. 
That being said, I saw nothing about Access 2010.

Have you “thrown in the towel” and stopped working in Access ? 
There’s very little work in the USA in Access right now.  That’s why I ask.

My reply..
First I havent posted much on Access 2010 for a number of reasons but the principle one is that I am still working through the backlog of Smart Access articles and posting them to  There are a few hundred online now.  I keep thinking about cute little things that I have learnt about Access 2010 and 2007 but when I compare that to putting all those well editied and thoughtout articles in the Smart Access collection, I just go back to reformatting and indexing Smart Access, its far more worthwhile for everyone.

As for work, I have had quite a few really interesting projects in Access in the last few months. Australia, thanks to the Chinese led mining boom is still pretty busy though there are signs that things are slowing.  My work collegues and I are good at mining and manufacting software so we still seem to be kicking goals for now.  Access still seems to come up trumps as a clean and powerful interface that works well with Office (read Excel) documents.

If I had to hazard a guess as to why Access has disappeared off the radar for this reader, its probably because external Office programming projects are probably one of the easiest for IT departments to dump to save money. That seemed to be the case for us in 2009 when things fell off the cliff.  Our work dropped to 25% in two weeks. My recommendation when work drys up is work harder than you have ever worked before at getting the work back. Don't take a break until the big break comes along.  Try everything to market yourself well and learn as much as you can about the things that improve your prospects.

1 comment:

oldeast said...

After a few weeks, recontact your clients to make sure they are happy, its always appreciated and can bring in extra work.