Exploit the Knowledge Base

Although proficiency levels vary widely, most corporate employees have some experience with Excel. Why not exploit that familiarity rather than force them to learn something entirely new?

In my opinion, one of the big drawbacks in the corporate rush to put every application on their intranet is that, so far, web applications offer little in terms of interaction with the data they present. Web applications are great for disseminating data, but lousy at aiding the analytical process. Unless the application designers dream up every conceivable way that someone would want to look at the data, inevitably people will need to export, copy/paste, or manually rekey the data into another application. Which application do you think they will put this data in? So if one of the objectives of your application is to facilitate analysis, why not deliver the application using a medium that your users understand and use for analysis in the first place?

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