There are many tools that the business user, or the information worker, can reach to, but by far it is Microsoft Excel that is used most often. A great deal of today’s business decisions are based on an Excel workbook. However, there are some drawbacks inherent to this approach, and a few caveats must be issued:
It’s fairly common to share those workbooks by email or in a file share. This can potentially raise security issues.
It’s hard to assure that everybody working with a given workbook is using the same version, because access to that workbook is neither monitored nor controlled.
Refreshing the workbooks with new data can be a lot of work, and potentially, it’s a chore that needs to be done frequently. ...
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