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Make Peace In The BI-Versus-Excel Battle


Managers fear Microsoft Excel undermines business intelligence, but sometimes, it’s the best solution in a fast-paced business environment.

Beyond job security, there are a number of valid reasons that Excel plays a powerful role in business intelligence, such as:

  • Familiar user interface – Attendees acknowledged that Excel is the preferred interface for power users, but managers and front line workers prefer dashboards and easier- to- use tools (they were wowed by SAS’s Email integration)
  • Ability to tweak a report, whether to sort, filter, pivot, or remove a column
  • Extensive formula library
  • Access to multiple data sources – Excel’s ability to combine data from multiple data sources is a must-have requirement for many types of analyses
  • Ability to “massage” the data – Few attendees said they use Excel for data cleansing, but several people spoke of changing group roll ups.
  • Ideal prototyping environment where users themselves can build applications.

By Cindi Howson, InformationWeek

April 11, 2011

Read the full article at: http://www.informationweek.com/news/software/bi/229401300

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