Many of us still use a simple spreadsheet for various projects as using anything else is simply to darn hard. Microsoft Excel is often the first thing we turn to when it’s time to make a list of any kind. I’m sure some companies run their customer lists, employee lists and other data within Excel as well.
IT guru and journalist David Strom reviews 7 of these hosted databases (think Excel on steroids with instant collaboration) here.
I’ve used several of these databases myself and the key is to use them for a bit and see which one works best for you and those using it.
Instead of using Excel and then emailing the files back and forth, you can use one of these hosted databases and instantly have the data shared with colleagues and team members.
David writes For many people, the spreadsheet is still one of the most popular low-end database applications. The rubric of a table of rows and columns is easily understood and can easily be used as a way to view records and fields of a database. Plus, you don’t need to design special reports to view your data entries, and you can easily sort your data without having to create data dictionaries or other database structures, just use the appropriate Excel commands. Having a specialized service that can share this data makes it easier to collaborate too, whether your partners are across the office or on the other side of the world — as long as they have an Internet connection, they are good.