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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)
Free Chapter
1
Introduction
14
13: Case Study
15
Glossary
16
Index

In Summary

The corporate database is fed from the intermediate database. The corporate database can be in any standard database format, including Oracle, SQL Server, UDB/DB2, Teradata, and more.

Data can be edited as it passes from intermediate data to corporate data. In addition, an optional data element, an alternate name, can be added.

Data in the corporate database is not grouped by subject area. In order to be compatible with other corporate data, it may be useful for group corporate data by subject area.

At any moment in time, it is mandatory that the lineage of corporate data be open and obvious.