Karl Donoghue - The Access Man

Karl Donoghue

The flexibility and adaptability of Microsoft Access were key in developing a bespoke database for this high-end women’s fashion designer.

The Company

Karl Donoghue is a women’s fashion designer that designs and manufactures high-end clothing from a studio in London. It sells its designs internationally.

The Challenge

The company approached us after trying to develop its own database using off-the-shelf software. The way the company works is highly individual and it was struggling to find or build anything that worked in the way it needed. The company also needed a system that was able to adapt quickly in order to accommodate growth in the business.

The Solution

Microsoft Access gave us the ability to build a fully bespoke solution and to enhance and adapt it as the businesses grew and its needs changed. We worked with the client over a number of years in order to enhance its database, developing it over time and matching business growth while at the same time managing change and budget.

Microsoft Access is a rapid application development tool which means new features can be added and adapted quickly.


What began as a system to track and manage the components being used across different styles was expanded upon to include:

  • Product costing
  • Purchasing and PO management
  • Customer order management
  • Production scheduling and tracking
  • Invoicing
  • Despatch and warehouse management
  • Comprehensive day-to-day management reporting

We worked closely with the client over a long period of time to fully understand the company’s requirements and needs. The client now has a database that fulfils all its requirements and yet still has potential to grow.


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