Check out this cool infographic! Submitted to OLAP.com by the folks at Business Intelligence Technologies. They’ve mapped here 5 warning signs that you and your professional team are living in Excel Hell. Perhaps it’s just been accepted that your Excel Hell is what it is, but we beg to differ. Professional teams overuse Excel, to a point way beyond what it was designed to do as a personal productivity tool. This fact has led to many technology and BI software vendors positioning themselves against Excel as if it is something to be removed. Sacrilege, cry the users! And us too! People responsible for planning in particular, need the flexibility that Excel provides and find almost any other tool too rigid. (See the Wall Street Journal article: Finance Pros Say You’ll Have to Pry Excel Out of Their Cold, Dead Hands) So, if Excel is essential, how do we get free from Excel Hell?
For further reading, see the blog on this topic on the Business Intelligence Technologies website.