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Chapter 18. Working with Your Data

So now that you’re comfortable with the idea and practice of creating databases (you are comfortable, aren’t you?), let’s move on to what you’ll actually do with the information you store. Although databases make great data receptacles, their primary benefit is that they enable you to work with the data you’ve saved to see data trends, sales results, and future projects in new and enlightening ways. By sorting your data in a certain way, you’ll be able to tell whether you sell more on the West coast or the East coast, for example, thereby helping you decide where to spend your advertising dollars. By searching for your top salespeople in the Northeast region, you can easily see who you need to take to dinner on your next trip north. And when you need to do damage control and orchestrate a recall—who purchased Model 2332 in Maine between July 15 and September 15 of last year?—you can use a query in Microsoft Access to find that information almost as quickly as you can type.

See Also

Once you display the data you want to see, you might want to print the information in a report. See Chapter 19, “Preparing and Printing Reports in Microsoft Access,” to find out how.



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