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The app details menuThis post was written by Steve Greenberg, a Program Manager Lead on the Access team.

Every few months, the Microsoft Access engineering team receives a high priority e-mail from someone in our worldwide sales org. It’s always the same root issue: an IT department is frustrated with the proliferation of Access databases and the manageability headaches that ensue. Recently, we talked with the CTO of a British company who compared databases to feral cats wreaking havoc on his organization’s work.

We find that this focus on manageability is nearly universal among customers we talk to, both large and small. Organizations want to empower users in business units to do self-serve development of apps that improve efficiency and reduce costs. But empowerment creates headaches. Data must be secured so that only the right people can access it. It must be backed up so that hardware failure is minimally disruptive. And there must only be one copy of the data, so that all parts of the organization make consistent decisions.

This release, we have a number of exciting things to announce about managing databases with Access. First, let’s talk about some new tools for managing desktop databases:

  • Microsoft Office 2013 Discovery and Risk Assessment allows you to scan an organization’s network shares and SharePoint document libraries to find Access databases. You can scan on demand or on a routine basis, and incorporate the discovery results into a master inventory. Once files are inventoried, they can be evaluated for complexity, financial impact, risk, and errors. Check it out here.
  • Microsoft Office 2013 Audit and Control Management Server contains a set of database management tools that allow you to audit databases and understand the changes being made to them. Check out the tools here.

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