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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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In Summary

Spreadsheets serve a wide variety of purposes. Two of the purposes they serve are for storage of valuable data, and for exchanging data between different entities. It is in these two roles that spreadsheets are often cast into the form of corporate data.

Spreadsheets can be characterized in many ways. One way to characterize spreadsheets is on a spectrum of non-recurring spreadsheets to recurring spreadsheets. As a rule, the more recurring the spreadsheet is, the more formal it is.

In terms of selecting spreadsheets for a basis for corporate data, the more formal and the more recurring a spreadsheet is, the more likely that the spreadsheet be transformed into corporate data.

In order to change spreadsheet data into corporate data, it is necessary to have both value and context. The best way to find the context of data found on a spreadsheet is to identify the column name and the row identifier of a value. Unfortunately, the cell formula found in a spreadsheet is...