Help4Access- a provider of world-class professional Microsoft Access consulting services, successfully renovates and extends a critical legacy system to support Campus California’s continue growth
Campus California, a San Francisco based non-profit, collects used clothing to fund international programs in developing countries and currently services over 900 collection boxes throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, as well as recently starting operations in the Phoenix, Arizona Metro market as well.
Key to the collection process was an outdated legacy system to determine the shortest routes for collection. The system, developed by an individual consultant who no longer provided support, could only be run on an old laptop which exposed Campus California to a single point of failure, potentially jeopardizing their entire collection process.
Campus California contacted Help4Access, a provider of world-class custom Microsoft Access software solutions to upgrade and extend their legacy application written in Microsoft Access XP before a critical system outage occurred.
According to Sasha Froyland, Help4Access Founder and CEO, “As one of the few full service MS Access consulting companies in the U.S., we see this quite often. Individual consultants rarely stick around to provide the long-term support needed to evolve a system as a company’s data matures. Often our new customers come to us with mission critical applications written by a string of individual consultants which have failed and is become unsupportable. We have become experts at mending these broken systems, upgrading them and extending them to complete 100% of our customer’s business needs.”
Help4Access’s Engineering team hit the ground running and quickly reverse engineered the system that used MS Access 1997 and an old SQL Server database, neither which were supported by Microsoft. The team devised an upgrade plan to include porting the system functionality to the latest technologies using Microsoft Access and SQL Server.
As Sasha goes on to explain, “We leveraged all our core competencies in our effort to complete this critical project for Campus California. Our business analysts and Engineering team worked closely with them to deliver a rock solid database application designed to scale as they expand into new markets.“
The Help4Access team went on to develop a comprehensive set of new management reports designed to address Campus California’s increasingly complex reporting needs.
Sasha sums it up by saying “We’re very proud to be able to assist Campus California with their collection program and vital work in developing countries. This is a perfect example of how MS Access can continue to solve critical business issues as a company’s requirements evolve into greater complexity and scope. Custom software solutions developed by Help4Access on the Microsoft Access platform have the perfect balance of performance, low cost and low risk that all come together to deliver a very high rate of return.”
Founded by Sasha Froyland, Help4Access has successfully completed over 800 custom database applications to companies that range in size from large Fortune 500 to small start up companies in every industry. Help4Access has been in business since 1994, is a Microsoft Certified Partner with a focused dedication to delivering Microsoft Access solutions and is uniquely capable of offering exceptionally deep world-class database consulting services to their customers. Help4Access’s highly experienced business analysts and engineering team are able to automate back-office tasks and reduce or eliminate an organization’s dependency of siloed data trapped in Excel spreadsheets. Help4Access continues to operate under the founding principals of growing their business one successful customer at a time.
About Campus California
Campus California is a non-profit organization that collects and sells used clothing, the proceeds are used to support the training of international volunteers to work with sustainable development in the poorest parts of the world. These programs are a life-changing experience for the ones participating, as well as for the people directly benefitting from the work of the development projects overseas. Since its start, Campus California has collected over 10,000 tons of donated clothing and currently service over 900 collection boxes in the San Francisco Bay Area. Operations in the Phoenix metro area began in April 2011.