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Turning Spreadsheets into Corporate Data

By : Bill Inmon
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Turning Spreadsheets into Corporate Data

By: Bill Inmon

Overview of this book

Spreadsheets are a popular way to store and communicate business data, but, although they are easy to create and update, they are not reliable enough to be used for making important corporate decisions. With this book, you can gain insight into how to maintain spreadsheets, how to format them, and then convert them into a database of reliable and useful information. Turning Spreadsheets into Corporate Data starts with a quick history of spreadsheet usage. You’ll learn the basics of formatting spreadsheets, including how to handle special characters and column headings, and how to convert the spreadsheet first into an intermediate database and then into corporate data. You will also learn how to utilize the mnemonic dictionary that is created along with the intermediate database. The later chapters discuss the immutability of data and the importance of organizational and political considerations during the data transformation. By the end of this book, you’ll have the skills and knowledge needed to convert your spreadsheets into reliable corporate data.
Table of Contents (16 chapters)
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13: Case Study

Grouped Corporate Data

The corporate database derived from spreadsheet data has one important characteristic that sets it apart from other corporate data not derived from spreadsheet data. The data found in the corporate database derived from a spreadsheet is not separated by subject area.

As an example, it might be normal to find dollar amounts, product classifications, and shipping quantities all in the same corporate database.

In other corporate data, it is customary for data to be organized and grouped according to its application.

For this reason, it may be useful to further separate corporate data into more finely refined groupings of data.