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.
"Spreadsheets for Small Business" is a complete package of ready-made spreadsheets that optimizes and facilitates a series of business processes such as sales exec commission tracking, calculating business expenses and planning budgets. The "Spreadsheet for Small Business" package incorporates valuable programmed spreadsheets such as "Small Business Expense Spreadsheet" - provides accountants and tax-preparers with a complete report on relevant business expenses; "Producer's Budget" - helps users to establish budgets and keep track of their spending; "Monthly Personal Budget" - designed to track daily, weekly and monthly spending for individuals.
For pure data analysis, the spreadsheet is, indeed, king. To a point...Despite all of these extremely powerful features, the spreadsheet has limitations, which tend to manifest when you least expect it. Often, Murphy's Law applies and the spreadsheet falls over when you are right in the middle of a major undertaking, like month-end or meeting a tight deadline.
When your spreadsheet start to hit its limits, what options are open to you? Perhaps the best option is to consider the conversion of your spreadsheet to a database solution. Relational databases became viable not too long after the spreadsheet was well-entrenched as the affordable and quick means of gathering data and performing calculations.
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