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    database designer (2000/2002)

    I am looking for a reputable firm to create a database for the Masonic Grand Lodge of Washington. It would contain about 30,000 live records and 30,000 inactive records. The location is Tacoma, Washington. Could any of you recommend someone with a good reputation and proven track record. This is not a request for free work. We will pay whatever is necessary. Any advice would be appreciated. Also, I need this fast (before Monday). Thank you.

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    Re: database designer (2000/2002)

    What functionality do you require?
    How many forms and reports are there?
    How complex is the table structure, it can't be too complex if it has to be done by Monday.
    Pat

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    Re: database designer (2000/2002)

    We've been around doing Access work since 1993, have done more than 100 database designs in that time, most of which are still in production and relatively complex, but I don't think we ever completed one in 3 days. Access is the fastest database development platform that I know of, but it usually takes the requestor several days to really describe what their needs are. Obviously you a wanting to track people, but what about family relationships, positions within the lodge, and other related info like the various locations within the state of Washington. However the biggest problem is getting some 60,000 people records created in the next 72 hours. If we can assist, feel free to contact us directly.
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    Re: database designer (2000/2002)

    I am sorry. Misinformation. We are issuing the Request for Proposal in the next week. I am involved in this process and not too happy with the possible vendors we have had contact with so far. The project should be complete in about a year. I just need to have someone to talk to and maybe find another vendor or two to send our request and get some feedback on possible costs and timings of the project. Also the 60,000 records already exist in a really old proprietary database. We have cracked it and extracted the data.

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    Re: database designer (2000/2002)

    Well, you're welcome to talk to all of us. A fair number of us, like Wendell and me, for instance, make our livings building Access databases, so we should be able to answer general questions. I recently heard about a vendor who quoted $180,000 for a desktop application, and I nearly fell out of my chair laughing. Since I knew the vendor in question (the reason I was laughing) and the prospective client, I also knew that whatever they built wouldn't work ... and I could have given them an app that wouldn't work for a fraction of the price if they had asked! <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15>
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    Re: database designer (2000/2002)

    I'm glad you clarified the timing of this project. It sounds interesting, but I am tied up this weekend and couldn't possibly have finished it by Monday!<g>

    As Charlotte mentioned, this is how many of us here make our living. I'd be interested in seeing the RFP, so you could add my name to your distribution list.
    Mark Liquorman
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    Re: database designer (2000/2002)

    Wendell, Charlotte and Mark. Thank you for your replies. I will speak to the Grand Secretary and see if we could include all of you in this and send an RFP. I suppose it would be better for us to have someone close to us. As I said the Grand Lodge Office is in Tacoma, WA. We would deffinitely need a face-to-face at sometime. Again thank you. My e-mail is rflinton@attbi.com. I noticed that my profile shows the @home address but they went belly up.

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    Re: database designer (2000/2002)

    As for Mark, we would be interested in seeing your RFP. I had actually tried to seen you a PM and an email to that effect, but the latter bounced because of your email address. You can edit your email address fairly easily by going to Controls and then clicking the first icon next to Edit your Setup that lets you edit your basic info. I will resend the email to your correct address - I was debating whether to guess at attbi or comcast.
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    Re: database designer (2000/2002)

    Again, thanks to all who responded. My e-mail will be comcast.net in the next month or so but that is another story.

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    Re: database designer (2000/2002)

    I understand from a friend that they will let you continue to use attbi for the rest of 2003, so maybe it won't be quite as painful as the @Home debacle.
    Wendell

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