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The popularity of Excel speaks to what most common enterprise software lacks- flexibility and programmability. It's hard to construct what-if scenarios in most software.

In some ways, what has been the evolution of Excel in our company has been to switch to Google Spreadsheets, where you get the audit history, sharing, and version control solved, you can build web forms in less than five minutes to have people submit data, you get a decent amount of programability and web service API.




A second thought that occurs to me is why it is so important for business software to be flexible, is that it is important for the business to be flexible. If there is no way for a trader or an analyst to create a new model, or a new process, the current models and processes ossify. Once you go to SAP, your process starts to flow like sap.




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