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Category Archives: Excel

Be Wary of Formula

excel formulas out of hte equation

When we were developing Vivid Reports, we set out to invent a new way to interface with Microsoft Excel® that would not be based on a Excel formula while still being flexible, secure, and reliable. Although we had used Excel for years, we researched it extensively to find a better way to integrate. The unique method […]

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Don’t Forget About Financial Reporting…

Graphs, charts, traffic lights, thermometers, spinning monkeys, you name it. We are a visual species, and the seemingly endless onslaught of data visualization BI tools would suggest that we are becoming even more accustomed to making business decisions with the help of pretty pictures. I don’t mean to diminish the value of these types of […]

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The Case For Excel-Based Dashboards

Dashboards have become an essential tool to support many business functions. Today, you can find dashboards included with most ERP and business process software such as CRM and HR. A dashboard is often the first thing that is shown after someone logs into a system. So, what is a Dashboard? The basic purpose of a […]

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The Advantages of a Data Warehouse Layer

When we were designing Vivid Reports CPM, we decided to use a separate data warehouse layer. We are often asked why, and what we feel the advantages are. I hope this article will shed some light on why we feel a data warehouse layer provides a superior reporting experience. There are two fundamental data access methods when it […]

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