Why Excel? DotXlS

Why use Excel?

Love it or hate it, Microsoft''s Excel spreadsheet dominates the marketplace, and with an estimated 90% market share* is found on nearly every business computer. Combined with its built-in VBA scripting language, Excel is a powerful desktop application that you already have. You and your employees are already familiar with it and, in all likelyhood, its already paid for.

Excel/VBA applications provide a great and immediate Return on Investment (ROI). You don't have to implement or pay for new software or for high-priced vendor support. You don't have to hire a full-time expert to maintain the application, and can usually modify the application yourself.

Applications can be developed and implemented quickly and inexpensively, and be customized to your particular business requirements.

A well designed Excel/VBA application can be robust, tamper-proof and user-proof, yet still provide flexibility to quickly change with your needs. Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) is a built-in and full-fledged programming language, a subset of Visual Basic, specifically designed to work with all Microsoft Office components (Excel, Word, Access).

VBA can be used to automate repetitive and routine tasks, reducing human errors, and to create user-friendly interfaces. Excel spreadsheets can be used as stand-alone applications containing their own 'databases' or can used as a flexible 'front-end' reporting tool to quickly analyze information from your existing desktop or mainframe databases.

A good carpenter always uses the right tool for the right job. Excel/VBA may be the right solution for you and is worth investigating before committing to more complex and expensive solutions. Excel's capabilities may surprise you. Please contact us for a free appraisal.

(I've pondered rewriting and simplifying my 'Why Excel' blurb above, and also my Excel Consulting page, but many have copied and pirated the text over the years, some blatantly, so I assume they are compelling - and will keep as is.)