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Spreadsheets are not enough. You need Data Visualization. ft. @UseNotion


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Whether you’re using Google sheets or Excel, spreadsheets are an incredible tool – versatile, robust and necessary for every business and every analyst. But today’s business landscape has shifted dramatically from when Excel was first designed. Even though there are added features, computations and capabilities that help close the gap, the tool still falls short of the needs of most business users.

Plus, it’s boring.

It’s Not Easy to Love a Spreadsheet

You know why spreadsheets don’t exactly excel in the user-friendly department as well as we do. But this has to be the worst: The Terror of the Blank Page (not just for writers anymore!).

With no template, no starting model, not even a hint of what you should (or could) do, the basic blank grid of a spreadsheet is intimidating. And even when you make it over that hurdle, you’re faced with an insurmountable obstacle: it’s nearly impossible to make an Excel spreadsheet look good. Sure, there are table, chart and dashboard functions, if you’ve been trained how to use them, but even then every spreadsheet looks the same.

It doesn’t reflect the nuances of your business.

But it’s not just the looks of the thing that make the program dated.

Functionalities we’ve come to expect in other programs, like collaboration and commenting features, just aren’t there.

You have to explain every little thing. Intuitive it is not.

And, we’ve all been at that meeting where the presenter is referencing numbers from one Excel doc (or a previous version of an Excel doc), while everyone else is looking at numbers from a completely different document. Confusing much?

Hey, Excel isn’t the enemy. And neither is Google sheets. But they’re not exactly our friends either. Collecting, storing and displaying data are vital functions…but there has to be a better way.

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