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The Excel Lifecycle: A Collection of Patch Work

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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How to Harness the Uncontrolled Power of Excel

Spreadsheets are powerful and popular yet also problematic—but if you factor in what can be built on top of Excel, you’ll have found the secret to success.   With over 750 million users, Microsoft Excel is the weapon of choice for virtually everyone who wi......

November 21, 2016 |

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Don’t Blame Spreadsheets for Short-Term Thinking

Clayton Christensen wants organizations to look beyond ratios. Excel, coupled with cloud-based CPM, is ready to help. If business leaders listen to anyone, they’ll listen to Clayton Christensen. Besides being a highly-respected business professor at Harvar......

November 11, 2016 |

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Excel Secrets That Aren’t Worth Keeping

Spreadsheets can be used as a glorified “boss button,” or they can be a catalyst for organizational growth. There are probably few closet CFOs in some organizations — those who secretly believe they could do a better job of taking financial information and......

October 31, 2016 |

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The Excel World Champions Hidden In Plain Sight

Microsoft has a fascinating new contest underway, but there’s something even more interesting going on in forward-thinking companies. When companies use the word “champion,” they’re not usually talking about someone who wins a competition so much as someon......

September 30, 2016 |

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If Spreadsheets Can Help Win Pokemon Go, They Can Help Finance Teams Win Too

Unusual use cases for products like Excel are just a good reminder of why users gravitate to real-time data collection and analysis. There are all kinds of reasons a company’s financial close might run a bit late – too many competing priorities, outdated p......

July 27, 2016 |

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This is What Defines Excel Champions

Excel power users at different stages of their professional lives tend to sound much the same about their goals and approaches. It may be a little early to say for sure, but Michael Kelly sounds a lot like the next generation of finance professionals who c......

July 21, 2016 |

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Let’s Find (And Celebrate) the Excel Champions Out There

To turn spreadsheet programs into an enterprise platform, you need to identify the early adopters willing to spread the love. Katharine Stewart may behave as though she would be a great asset to the average finance department, but her passion for spreadshe......

July 7, 2016 |

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Excel – And Nothing but Excel

When we say spreadsheets are the future of financial reporting, we’re not talking about just any spreadsheet. No one is saying that spreadsheet columns and rows are always pretty—things can get messy when you start to outgrow Excel—but suggesting that Exce......

June 22, 2016 |

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