About Us



About Us

About Us

Database design & development

About Us

                     About Us

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Data Management Solutions works primarily with small to medium businesses and organisations, to provide affordable, effective, user-friendly solutions to their data management needs.

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All database-related work is handled by Steve Schapel.  His original academic and professional background (social work, counselling, psychotherapy, clinical supervision) has equipped him with a relatable style.


The transition to software development took place over a number of years.  He built his first simple computer database in 1987, using a program called RapidFile, to manage a conference he was organising.  His new-found affinity for this type of work soon resulted in requests for help from others, and so it grew.  His first contracted Access application was in 1994 (still in use).  But database work continued to be part-time, alongside his other occupations, until 1999, by which time the word-of-mouth demand for his services was great enough to support a decision to move into this work full-time.


Steve has also done extensive teaching, in a number of computer subjects as well as data management.  He has conducted over 100 Microsoft Access training programs at community (adult) education centres.


Since 2000, he has also participated in various online technical discussion forums (newsgroups), learning a lot, but also contributing of his expertise, resulting in being recognised by Microsoft as an MVP.

Steve Schapel



Microsoft Access MVP

2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010


The MVP award is issued annually by Microsoft, in recognition of technical expertise, and generosity in sharing knowledge in technical communities.  There are approximately 80 Access MVPs worldwide.


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