Excel was and still is a popular choice as a database tool and it is sufficient for some organisations. However, as companies grow, the ability for excel to perform as required generally reduces and with continuous additions to the data, it can be become downright unmanageable and risky. Here, we explore where Excel may be sufficient as a database tool and where it might become problematic.

What is Excel?

Excel is a spreadsheet software application developed by Microsoft and first released back in 1985. It is part of the Microsoft Office suite of applications, which includes other programs such as Word, PowerPoint and Outlook. 

Why is it used?

Excel has been designed primarily for the creation, editing and analysis of tabular data and is commonly used for tasks such as financial modeling, budgeting, data entry, analysis and visualisation. Here are some other commons reasons as to why you might use excel as a database tool - 

What are the drawbacks?

Whilst Excel is a powerful and widely-used tool, it also has some disadvantages, particularly in certain situations or for specific tasks. Some disadvantages of using Excel include:

How Can we Help?

Our developers have worked with Microsoft Excel for many, many years. From recreating excel databases in more up to date and modern technology solutions to replicating automated processes made possible by the use of macros - we can evaluate your current use of Excel and make recommendations on alternative options whilst guiding you through the transition process.

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