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MS Excel Consulting
Practical Computer Applications (PCA) provides Excel consultants and programmers to support development of your business applications. As an Excel user, you know that Excel spreadsheets provide infinite flexibility. Excel has many sophisticated features for data analysis, including conditional scenarios, look-up functions, pivot tables and advanced modeling. Many annual budgets. sales forecasting systems, inventory tools and more begin as an Excel spreadsheet.
The problem comes when an Excel spreadsheet becomes too successful. As it gets used by more and more people, the spreadsheet grows in features, becomes more and more complex (as well as undocumented), gets copied, altered, and emailed around. Version control is lost. Changes can be overwritten.
Therefore, once a spreadsheet expands to multiple users, the cost of using Microsoft Excel is bad data and the effort of managing a distributed application that is intended for just one or a few users.
When you have outgrown your Excel spreadsheet, it is time to think about migrating your application to a more robust database, such as Microsoft Access and Microsoft SQL Server. PCA has nearly 20 years of experience with converting spreadsheets and can recommend the best course of action. Call us today at (617) 527-4722.
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