05 June 2006

Real World Access (18)

One of a series of articles about where Microsoft Office Access applications have found a real-world niche.

John Nurick's contacts

The database I developed for the small management consultancy where I work tracks contacts (persons and the organisations they belong to and move between), sales and jobs (and several other things). It's used mostly as a contact manager and as a sales tool (e.g. "what jobs have we previously done for this sort of client/in this subject area/involving this combination of services?"). There's also module that lets people maintain lists of contacts for mailshots, invitations, and so on, and another one that handles subscriptions for the house journal. In the same back end, but accessed via a different front end, it tracks visitor numbers, prices and other information on visitor attractions.

Its name is FIDO. When we launched it four or five years ago I offered a bottle of champagne for anyone in the company who could say what FIDO stands for. There have been some good guesses (my favourite was "Facts In, Dross Out") but no one has managed it yet.


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At 27 September 2006 2:51 PM, Blogger Fred Boer said...

So listen Steve... ever thought of opening up the contest to non-employees? Um... yup, I'm a bit low on champagne at the moment!



At 28 September 2006 1:37 PM, Blogger Fred Boer said...

Maybe I don't need the champagne... I should have said "John", not "Steve"! Apologies!


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