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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

End User Acceptance of the Spreadsheet

There were many reasons why the spreadsheet grew in popularity. But at the heart of every reason was the fact that with the spreadsheet, the end user was in control of his or her own destiny. The spreadsheet was the tool that allowed the end user to get out from under the control of the IT organization. And getting out of the control of the IT department meant that things could finally get done. The complicated and involved user requirements that for years had been neglected by the IT department were at last rendered unnecessary.

Furthermore, not only did the end user suddenly have control of data and processing, but with the spreadsheet, data became malleable. New data elements could be added. Data values could be changed. Calculations could be corrected. And all of this flexibility was available with no involvement from the IT department.

Another important factor in the rising popularity of the spreadsheet was transferability. Spreadsheets...