End the Abuse.

COMMON SIGNS OF ABUSE

A simple spreadsheet has grown into multiple tables with a tangle of forms and formulas.

Spreadsheets are frequently emailed to co-workers or clients for data collection and synthesis.

The spreadsheet lives on a shared drive to enable multiple parties to access and update it.

The spreadsheet has a version or revision number.

The spreadsheet is a part of a core process but no one is really sure how it works.

THE CYCLE OF ABUSE: A CASE STUDY

1

A Personal "To-Do List" is a hit and soon becomes a model for a department-wide task and project tracker.

2

After some success, additional unrelated (but seemingly useful) information is added. The spreadsheet is emailed around the company for updates.

3

Everyone loves the spreadsheet. Unfortunately, different versions propagate so the spreadsheet is moved to a shared folder and everyone works on the same file.

4

The spreadsheet is often locked since many people are using it. They are also frustrated of inconsistent data and limited accessibility outside of the office.

5

A big meeting is held to decide what to do with the gargantuan spreadsheet, but no clear solutions are found.

THE WEBWARE SOLUTION

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Webware applications are lower cost than traditional IT solutions. They are hosted so they require no dedicated hardware and are flexible enough to allow company knowledge workers to create their own solutions.

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