Baylee Emie. Spreadsheet. August 28th , 2021.
There are two information-related walls that a young company hits while trying to grow. The first wall is what I call ”spreadsheet suffocation.” It is that stage of information sharing pain that causes people to start cussing. Where did you save the Johnson calculations? Who has the orders spreadsheet locked? Where did my new inventory list go? Did someone write over it? There was 2 days work in that spreadsheet!
Many people don’t realize how functional a spreadsheet can really be and what a program like Microsoft Excel can bring you. Professionally, there are plenty of options available to you depending on your line of work, and the types of data you have to utilize with your job functions. Everything from call sheets that can be highlighted and edited on the fly to database information and management of assets can all be handled through a properly laid out spreadsheet. Many people don’t have a true working understanding of Excel and, due to this, aren’t able to fully utilize all of the functions it can offer you.
Third, building the right kinds of collaborative applications requires some skill and understanding how and what kinds of data are shared. How many people are going to be adding/changing records to your database? How many just want to do queries and reports? And how do you prevent conflicting updates?
Working in a financial firm would entail a lot of reports to be submitted on a weekly, monthly, semi- monthly, quarterly and a yearly basis. All of these reports should be monitored, and most of the data where these reports come from are based from several spreadsheets that you will have to consolidate in a timely manner. To effectively have these reports updated, you can make use of a file comparison tool that can compare spreadsheet files and allow the user to make changes to it from one file to another.
You may notice that you do not utilize Excel very often in your current job. This is usually due to the lack of a fundamental understanding about the program at the office level. When you gain better skills, you may even be able to help your entire department become more productive, not just yourself. You will be able to introduce others to key functions of the program that most people didn’t even know existed. And if you want to go to the next level, you can earn your MCAS - Microsoft Certified Application Specialist - in Excel 2007, which will show your employer that your skills have been validated by Microsoft.
There are other ways to import data into your database, including using Web forms or setting up a special email inbox that will post the information automatically. These tasks will take some skill and some HTML knowledge, however. Other tools require more programming skill to do what Trackvia does with a few mouse clicks, or are more cumbersome to manipulate, or don’t have the automatic defaults that make setup as easy as Trackvia. Did I mention the cost? $10 per month per user. This includes an unlimited number of databases and up to a GB of attachment storage (meaning that you aren’t charged for the actual records themselves that are stored). If you sign up before October 1 for an account, the company will give you several additional features free.
Since, household financial management is equally important to keep track of one’ expenses and income, one should invest proper time and make good efforts to select a spreadsheet that is handy and efficient. While browsing online for these spreadsheets it becomes quite difficult to select the right program that is simple to use and effectively takes care of the financial management.
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