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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

In Summary

Data is at the heart of the decision-making process. Traditionally, data was a byproduct of systems created by IT. But soon, the IT development process became so complicated that the end user looked for a better way to manage data.

Soon the end user stumbled upon the spreadsheet, which was accessible, affordable, and did not require a technician. The spreadsheet allowed the end users to control their own destinies, and thus became very popular.

In fact, the spreadsheet became so popular that the corporate environment became overrun with too many spreadsheets, created by too many people, on whims and without any management. I affectionately refer to this crisis as “Spreadsheet Hell.” In “Spreadsheet Hell” there was no shortage of data. But there was a real shortage of believable data.

Management was at a crossroads. They needed to find data that could be used for sound decision making. One way to find this was to take appropriate spreadsheet...