In my years of experience, I have struggled with users using #Excel as a #database. The problem is once they start using, then it’s never easy to convince them even when you have built the greatest of systems. #Excel users will usually never want to switch.
I cannot fully blame the users as when they would go to IT for a new database application usually the estimate provided is upwards for $40,000. Then the question asked by CEO is “Does this system add to the bottom line?”. If no then there is no funding. This action then legitimizes the use of #Excel forever. This also impacts the users end up doing a lot of labor-intensive work just to keep that information going.
In addition, it also becomes a nightmare for the IT as users then have a lot or #Excel versions _v1, _v2…_vN on their disk drive and on the emails. No one seems to be worried about deleting either the email or the file from the storage device.
I am not saying #Excel or #spreadsheets is bad. #Excel was not designed to be a database. I think it’s time that we have a system that is as simple, more user-friendly, with all the features that a #database should have and much more is provided to the #business.
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