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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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13: Case Study

Alternate Name

There is one other element that can be added to the existing data derived from the spreadsheet. That element is called the “alternate name”.

It is optional to add an alternate name; it has no necessary connection to the spreadsheet. Strategically, though, alternate name is very important.

There are many reasons why including an alternate name is strategically important. The first is that if you lift data from multiple spreadsheets, you’ll likely find that there is no coordination of the naming conventions used by different organizations. It is expected that when data arrives at the intermediate database, it arrives with a multitude of name structures.

It is very useful, though, for the organization doing the data management to have all their spreadsheets similarly named. The alternate name allows this coordination to take place.

As an example, the name “MONTHLY ACCOUNTABILITY STATEMENT” is lifted from one spreadsheet. From...