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.
Size limitation : When a spreadsheet is first constructed and tested, the size tends to be small. However, as the spreadsheet grows with more and more data, it start slowing down, until it reaches that point where your feet go to sleep while you waiting for the re-calculation to finish.
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.
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.
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