People may often refer to ‘an Excel’ as an interchangeable term with spreadsheet, much like Googlin’. It has seemingly always been this way, and it’s success owes much to it’s functionality and value in meeting most data management demands, but is this still the case? Excel harks back to a less internet-reliant generation, when working locally and sharing via email was sufficient. Now the demand for faster access to live synchronised data with multiple users and easy merging makes cloud systems the efficient option, so why is Microsoft’s flagship software still in such demand?
Creatures of habit
The first reason is our obvious in our nature. Resistance to change and absorbing new methods is a default attitude in both large and small companies, so many will persist with a painful data management software long past it’s worth. New options mean new learning which sounds painful, and investing in new software sounds expensive and risky.
In truth Excel is also still working because, in some form at least, it still works. Many calculations, charts and important functions can be carried out as part of a practical setup, just often in a much more laborious way than it need be. Many aren’t aware there’s an easier way to manage data.
The post Excel age
Moving to a scaled data management software is the first step toward a post-Excel era. Having a secure online system, with user logins and access to a central data platform, many time-intensive tasks are instantly eliminated. Setting out with a clear goal and gradual implementation of features also removes the burden of cost or long periods without return on investment. With the right requirements analysis and clear functional aims any business can move from outdated and messy data management to a bespoke, future-proof solution.
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