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.
Protection of formulae : How often have you forgotten to protect the cell contains the formula that took you hours to test and perfect. It takes one instance of honest human error, and that formula is gone.
In today's competitive climate, proper business management and organization plans are crucial for companies that strive to maintain leading positions on the market. Apart from a substantial capital, company owners have to invest lots of time and effort in order to maximize the efficiency, profitability and exposure of their business.
One user at a time : In the instance where there are a number of people required to work on a spreadsheet, they can only access it when no-one else is working on it.