On April 7th Eric Miller and Uche Ogbuji will be presenting “Websheets – Web-based Data Integration
of Spreadsheets” at Enterprise Data World in Tampa, Florida.
Here is the abstract of the presentation:
Spreadsheets. We can’t live with them. We can’t live without them. More importantly, the people who run our lines of business can’t live without them. We want an overall, integrated picture of enterprise information, but many things get in the way, and spreadsheets are often the largest blockers. This doesn’t have to be the case. A spreadsheet just represents a local point of view, a local concern. We should embrace this reality, and work to integrate it into our centralized information plans, rather than acting at cross-purposes to real users. Luckily, we can harness the power of the greatest integration platform ever: The Web. This presentation is a discussion and demonstration of practical tools for integrating spreadsheets into unified but flexible information management systems. Importantly, it covers techniques for monitoring and reporting on trends and patterns in the use of such systems, so that you can offer users the carrot of better collaboration, and less duplication of work, while using the dashboard results of spreadsheet usage to design your enterprise information systems around actual user needs and user patterns. Learn how to gain the benefits of master data management without disenfranchising the most important users.
- A demonstration of Web technology for integrating and sharing data in spreadsheets, built on open-source and open standard components
- A demonstration of a dashboard of hosted data end-points, allowing management, monitoring and reporting of actual usage patterns
- Discussion of the realities IT faces balancing managers’ desire for control of line-of-business data with the desire for enterprise information management
- Discussion of cost avoidance from reducing the waste that occurs with duplicated management of local data sets