Microsoft Access (first released in 1992) was revolutionary software through the 90’s and early 2000’s. Armed with an “Access for Dummies” guide and little bit of desire, cemeteries were able to build customized databases! This made managing precious and ever-growing grave and owner information much easier. It also meant we could finally search for grave locations with a simple query. Finally, an easier way than searching through aging books.
Unfortunately, today, it’s not enough to just have a simple database for ourselves. Everybody else seems to want it, too. Cemetery customers, managers, grounds crew, suppliers and partners — all want grave and owner data! This uncovers a major limitation of Access and Excel databases.
Limitations of Access and Excel Databases for Cemeteries
- They are not web-based.
- They are not secure by today’s standards. Data can be easily stolen and compromised.
- It’s not easy to share access to subsets of information with managers, board members, grounds crew or partners.
- It cannot easily share public information on the cemeteries website.
- There is no field-by-field accountability. When a record is changed, no one knows who changed it, why or when!
All of these limitations stand in the way of progress and ultimately managing cemeteries much easier.
With CemSites Secure CRM, our robust cemetery record management software, it’s easy to convert existing Access or Excel databases to a robust and secure web-based cemetery database. Call us today at 1-877-783-9626 or use our web form to schedule a free demonstration and price estimate.