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3 Excel Best Practices for Building Effective Spreadsheets for Finance Pros and Business Leaders

July 21, 2021 |

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Excel Nerds Unite in the Ultimate Community

You’re probably wondering what Excel Nerds Unite is all about. Well, this community came out of Vena’s desire to bring together Excel nerds and enthusiasts alike. We wanted to create a community that celebrated Excel nerd culture. As part of our official l......

May 17, 2021 |

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A Novel Use of Excel Spreadsheets to Inspire Finance Departments

If a literary author sees the value in using Excel to keep track of more than 150 characters, just imagine what CFOs and their teams could do. The story of how a U.S. president coped with the sudden death of his son, Lincoln On The Bardo may not be the kin......

March 30, 2017 |

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What Some of the Smartest People on Twitter are Saying About Spreadsheets

Those in the know have no qualms about celebrating Excel, their favorite productivity tool, on social media. When Alan Lepofsky has something to say about the future of work, people tend to listen. As a lead analyst at Constellation Research, technology an......

March 8, 2017 |

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Why the Future of Financial Services Will Still Have a lot of Rows and Cells

Lots of people will suggest spreadsheets should fade away, but they might be the best bridge between the old ways of working and the new. A couple of years ago, an online magazine called Backchannel published a surprising article with the headline, “A spre......

March 1, 2017 |

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3 Signs Excel Spreadsheets Are a Great Long-Term Bet

Yet another businessperson speaks up for spreadsheets, while survey and user data show Excel’s longevity is a given.  Daniella Borg has so many daughters you could almost picture her using Microsoft Excel to keep track of them all. “If you want to survive ......

February 2, 2017 |

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Cloud Security: A Talent Gap that Can’t be Closed

Originally published on The Enterprises Project in 10 IT Leaders Weigh in on Their Biggest Talent Gaps for 2017.  The future of technology is rife with challenges old and new (think: security and IoT security), and opportunities for digital disruption are ......

February 1, 2017 |

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The End of Excel Spreadsheets (It’s Not What You Think)

Just how many rows and columns can you put in there before the Microsoft application says “Enough!” Inside one man’s brave journey to find out.  As Excel enthusiasts, we’ve all been in this scenario at some point: after working for hours on a large, comple......

January 26, 2017 |

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The Excel Lifecycle: A Collection of Patch Work

As a high school student trying to acquire job experience, I worked in a small family business with a long history and owned by a sweet married couple. The husband was in charge of operations and sales while the wife did the admin and accounting. Because t......

December 26, 2016 |

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For Innovative Excel Users, There’s No Dilemma

A 2002 music video turned a spreadsheet into a chat app, but the real-life ingenuity is even more inspiring.  At long last, the mystery of Nelly and Kelly Rowland’s use of Excel spreadsheets has finally been solved. If you weren’t a fan of Nelly, a rapper ......

December 13, 2016 |

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