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.
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.
A popular category of ready-made spreadsheets mentioned earlier, is 'Spreadsheets for Actors'. 'Spreadsheets for Actors' includes sets of programmed spreadsheets that are especially designed for professionals in the entertainment industry, from Actors to Producers. The spreadsheets under 'Spreadsheets for Actors' range from facilitating the managing of budgets to keeping track of income emerging from many sources.
Over time, the spreadsheet grew into what we see today, in the form of Microsoft Excel and a number of similar products on the market. The power of the spreadsheet has grown almost exponentially, allowing the user to create customised formulae, charts, pivots and so on. Worksheets can be linked and updated automatically.
examples of spreadsheet packages