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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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Attribute – a value of data that is distinguishable from other values

Cell of a spreadsheet – a basic unit of data found in a spreadsheet

Column – a vertical table in which values are selected from the same domain

Column name – the name of a column in the spreadsheet

Comments – a field of data containing free form text

Context – the surrounding environment that gives definition to a word

Data dictionary – a repository of the metadata useful to the corporation

Data element – an attribute belonging to an entity

Direct access of data – the ability of a database management system to directly find data, as opposed to having to sequentially search for it

Logical data model – a data model based on inferred relationships

Mnemonic dictionary – a dictionary of terms found on a spreadsheet

Multiline row – a row in a spreadsheet where the row id name is the same