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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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1
Introduction
14
13: Case Study
15
Glossary
16
Index

Management’s Problem

“Spreadsheet Hell” put management in a very poor position. All management wanted to do was to make good business decisions. On one hand, the IT department claimed to have rigorously-defined data. The problem was that dealing with IT was a long and tortuous process. When IT took over, there arose the real risk that nothing would ever materialize. The flip side was to let the end user have autonomy of data and processing. Sure enough, things got done. But the net result was not being able to believe the data that decisions were based on.

So management was in a precarious position.

One good solution to this dilemma was to take the data that the end user had manufactured, and to turn that spreadsheet data into corporate data.

Of course, there were risks in this approach. But there are risks in any approach. Whatever management does, there are risks. Doing nothing has its risks. And certainly transforming spreadsheet data to corporate data...