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Excel Best Practices for Business: Covers Excel 2003, 2002, and 2000 by Loren Abdulezer (Author)
Publisher: For Dummies (November 14, 2003)
Spreadsheets have become the de facto standard for communicating business information and the preferred tool for analyzing business data. In this current climate, the accuracy and clarity of spreadsheets are paramount. However, busy managers have little time to sift through heaps of reference books to extrapolate techniques for making polished spreadsheets. Even with finished spreadsheets in hand, managers and business professionals still need a book which holds up a mirror to their real world situations and reflects hidden flaws; and then takes the next step and guides the reader in specific ways to rework these critical documents.
Excel Best Practices for Business enables readers to examine their work and ask critical questions. And once asked, this book also answers with dynamic, practical approaches and provides Take-Aways extrapolated from real situations across a managerial spectrum, making this book more mentor than reference. In this book, a critical need is met.
XML in Microsoft Office Excel 2003: Entirely new to Excel 2003 is major support for XML, making Excel truly web capable and Internet ready. This book provides extensive coverage of these new features from a hands-on perspective. It identifies subtleties, gotchas and problems, and shows you practical solutions and workarounds.
SPREADSHEET PORTALS: This book introduces the topic of Spreadsheet Portals, which elevates spreadsheet practices for the Internet-ready software to the next level. Aside from explaining the basic concepts and principles of Desktop Client Portals, best practice techniques for building your portal pages and reference implementations are provided. These reference implementations, sample spreadsheets, and online demos are provided on the book's CD.
SPREADSHEET MAKEOVERS: What do you do when your manager or boss asks you to take over a complex, spreadsheet-based application and send out reports every two weeks? The person who created the spreadsheet no longer works for the company. Aside from a few emails, there's no documentation. You look at the spreadsheet and you find it has flaws. Never mind about fixing the old reports; the new ones are going to go out with your name on it. This report is not your prime responsibility. You do not have the time or resources to turn this into a whole project, yet you can't afford to leave it the way it is. Excel Best Practices for Business provides a step-by-step approach to these "Mission Impossible" situations and walks you through the steps with fully worked out examples.
ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGIES: For the first time in a mainstream book, the topic of preparing accessible spreadsheets for individuals with disabilities is addressed. Government agencies needing to make electronic information section 508 compliant and corporations choosing not to alienate communities with special needs will find the techniques presented invaluable. You will learn from a hands-on perspective how to organize and design accessible spreadsheets for the visually impaired that will work with Screen Reader software, how to set up Screen Reader software, and how to build graphical components that will work with Screen Readers. These practices are carried to the next level with the introduction of Assistive Portals. This allows you to make spreadsheets accessible and avoid having to alter your original spreadsheets. The Portal Page does all the work. Because it is table driven, there are no formulas or scripts to modify. Think of how this will change the economics of preparing accessible documents.
There are many more topics in Excel Best Practices For Business including: practical techniques for visualizing hard-to-present data, incorporating "Smart Data" into your spreadsheets, how to build a Data Overpass, quantification of uncertainty, conversion of mountains of legacy data into manageable and useful form, spreadsheet auditing to validate the work of others, a hands-on approach to working with the Excel Solver tool, spreadsheet construction techniques through both simple design and large, complex applications. If you want to find about these and many other techniques covered, then Excel Best Practices for Business is the perfect guide!
From the Back Cover
Everything you need to know about
Implementing the new XML features in Spreadsheet Portals and Web Services
Auditing spreadsheets provided by third parties
Making spreadsheets accessible to individuals with disabilities
Performing spreadsheet makeovers
Constructing large, complex spreadsheets that are efficiently designed and easily maintained
Quantifying uncertainty and incorporating "fuzzy" numbers in financial analysis
Moving and managing mountains of data with competence and efficiency
What do your spreadsheets have to say about your business?
In a corporate climate tainted by high-profile accounting issues, the answer to that question is paramount. This book empowers you to create, manage, and validate spreadsheets that will stand up to scrutiny and provide a clear and accurate picture of your enterprise. It shows you how to examine your work for hidden flaws, preserve the integrity of inherited spreadsheets while improving their clarity, and apply specific techniques to achieve results. If you need practical techniques you can use today, you’ll find them here.
"Excel Best Practices for Business is a "must-read" for today's busy professionals working with quantitative information."
–Tom Inman, Vice-President, WebSphere Foundation & Tools; IBM Software Group
A selection of "Quick ’n’ Easy Take-Aways"– sample components and spreadsheets that can be quickly and easily modified to meet various business needs
Mathematica Version 5 evaluation
About the Author
Loren Abdulezer is CEO of Evolving Technologies Corporation and an IT professional who has assisted several Fortune 500 companies. He has worked with MIS/Web reporting and Internet security for a major financial firm, where he played a significant role in implementing a public key infrastructure/smart card initiative.