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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

The unique name for a spreadsheet comes from the system designation. Any report name found on the spreadsheet is unreliable. Some spreadsheets are organized into “books” that are made up of multiple sheets.

A spreadsheet can contain all sorts of special characters and special features. However, for the purpose of corporate databases, the most important special characters are xlstab, linefeed, and eold.

If desired, entire sections of a spreadsheet can be blocked off.

In addition to the “standard” spreadsheet format, there is also the simple list format.

It is true that a spreadsheet can be formatted so that it cannot be automatically managed by spreadsheet disambiguation software.

On occasion it is desirable to place a spreadsheet into .txt format. A .txt format is a perfectly acceptable choice when it comes to spreadsheet disambiguation since special characters are reserved in the .txt format.