Replacing a 30-year-old Access database with a cloud-based SQL system.

Fast Fixx, a major catering repair firm in Glasgow, had been using the same access database system for the last 30 years. Since their current developer was retiring along with a long-desired need for remote working, they braced themselves for a substantial technology update. However, Fast Fixx were afraid that no software development firm would understand their complicated system as it had been continuously updated, patched and upgraded over the last 30 years.

Type of work

Field Service App, Inventory System, Booking System, CRM




Glasgow, UK

Technologies Used

ASP.NET Core MVC C#, HTML5, CSS, JS, Java SSRS Reporting Services Web API


Windows Server, Microsoft SQL Server, Android OS

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What the client wanted

Fast Fixx needed a new online based system that was secure and reliable. More importantly it needed to perform the same tasks their current Access database system performed. However, they also wanted a new mobile app that their field engineers could use. Overall, they required one platform that would connect all areas of their business which included their office admin duties, field engineers job lists, warehouse parts picking operations, their accounting system and their management reporting module.

What we delivered

Tentacle’s senior analyst spent 3 weeks investigating the client’s business model, day-to-day operations and their current database system. Once the exact system was understood, a new model was presented for Fast Fixx's management team to approve. From here a functional document was created which acted like a roadmap for the entire development team.

At the end of three months, Tentacle's design and development teams delivered a bespoke system that ticked all the boxes for Fast Fixx. Once the new system was thoroughly tested, it was run in parallel with their current system for 1 month. Within 3 weeks, Fast Fixx turned off their old system and started to enjoy the benefits of their new system.

Client feedback

I had Tentacle Solutions design and build a new office data system for the company .They have provided an excellent system which has improved the efficiency of our service and sped up our ability to produce fast and accurate invoices. The system has a few minor hic ups but resolving issues has been made easy with the fast response time in which Tentacle address the problems. I would recommend Tentacle to fellow associates and will continue to be using their services for the considerable future.

Jim Reid
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