Regarded as a very effective and reliable means of data management, monitoring valuable financial data, as well as optimizing processes involving frequent data entry and manipulation, spreadsheet programs have rapidly become popular among businesses of all types and sizes.
Most spreadsheet applications have built in formulas and functions that will do the math for you so you don't have to. You can keep a running balance of your accounts and you can have each category totaled as well. You can keep it as simple or make it as sophisticated as you please.
When VisiCalc hit the scene back in the eighties (in the last century), the relatively small group of Apple II users went crazy. It was like manna from heaven for the poor accountants, scientists and engineers who were used to filling in enormous analysis sheets with a pencil. Now, they could use VisiCalc to do the same task, AND calculate the result automatically.
Today, there are a large number of options to choose from. The downside to upsizing your spreadsheet to a database system is that databases require fairly in-depth knowledge, especially with regard to extracting data in queries, form construction and reporting.
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