Spreadsheets are Spread Too Thin

FileMaker Launches Website that Helps Microsoft Excel Users to Convert Spreadsheets into Easier-To-Use Solutions
For the millions of number-crunching Microsoft Excel users who are sometimes frustrated by the limitations of spreadsheets, FileMaker, Inc. has launched a “Drag, Drop and Go” (i) website that demonstrates how easily Excel users can convert spreadsheet information into an easy-to-use database. The “Drag, Drop and Go” site includes a $50 discount (ii) offer for Excel users who purchase FileMaker Pro 6, plus a free 16-page guide on using FileMaker Pro together with Excel, written by noted technology author Maria Langer.
Visitors to www.filemaker.com/excel can experience first-hand how easy it is to simply drag-and-drop an Excel spreadsheet onto a FileMaker Pro icon to convert Excel spreadsheets to a FileMaker Pro database in just seconds. The Excel web site also features tips and techniques for exchanging data between Excel and FileMaker Pro applications, plus everything you need to know to easily transform Excel spreadsheets into rich, powerful solutions that can be customized.
“Excel is the standard for financial spreadsheets, but spreadsheets are often spread too thin when people try to use them for managing and sharing non-numerical information such as contact lists,” said Maria Langer, who has authored several books on Microsoft Excel, FileMaker Pro and Quicken. “FileMaker is the perfect complement to Excel in real data applications, since you can simply drag and drop an Excel spreadsheet into a FileMaker database, and immediately realize the benefits of moving your data from a spreadsheet to a database.”
Choosing the Right Tool
With FileMaker Pro working in concert with Excel, workgroups, departments and small businesses now can choose the right data management tool for the right jobs.
“We have used Excel and FileMaker Pro together for so long that, in our minds, the two programs are tightly integrated,” says Jeff Lochowicz, Marquette’s assistant dean of admissions. “It’s not easy to remember how we used to do things.”
“Excel is great for categorizing data, for preparing reports, and for performing complex calculations. Plus, most people are familiar with it. FileMaker allows us to take Excel to the next level,” Lochowicz says. “Now, we can query data, simply drag-and-drop Excel into FileMaker and quickly find the specific information we’re interested in. FileMaker allows us to access data in a meaningful way, rather than presenting people with a series of data elements for them to interpret.”
“Most lab researchers use Excel in some capacity to manage lab data. Since the interface between Excel and FileMaker is so easy, it’s simple to extend Excel beyond disjointed sets of spreadsheets to a FileMaker Pro relational database,” says Dr. Robert Williams, of the University of Tennessee’s Informatics Center of Mouse Neurogenetics.

My spin: I usually do not post full press releases, however, this was great! So many users often start off, and often continue using a spreadsheet for their database functions. However, nothing can beat a true databases functionality and data management capabilities. File Maker pro, continues to demonstrate that it understands the data management market and is offering not just a TOOL but the power to use the tool (databases) productively.