Access and Podio for managing projects

As a small business trying to find suitable project management software can be a bit of a nightmare. Often, appealing project management software that looks to be perfect is far too pricey for a small business or start-up to be able to foot the bill. Most online offerings now come with a freemium pricing structure. In this case even for a small business the free versions  mostly doesn’t have the features you require and the premium offerings run at around $40.00 a month on average. For this reason I have been looking into Access, Podio and Filemaker Advanced as ways of getting some of the benefits. So far have spent a lot of time working on/with both Access and Podio and it seems neither is perfect. I’ll try and outline the pro’s and con’s of both below. I apologise in advance to those lovers of Filemaker out there. My review is based soley on trying it for a weekend and realising the limitations presented to a ‘noob’. I imagine were you to spend development time on it that it would be a very useful tool. Desktop based solutions Access  (Desktop Database) - Most people know what MS Access is so I won’t go into detail except to outline the key feature which is the ability to do complex relational reports queries it really the better solution apart from 2 major hurdles. 1 is development time. It just isn’t as straight forward as taking a template and tweaking it. You really need to invest some development time in making it do what you want rather than making do with what the...