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Why You Should Consider Using Excel as a Front-End for Your Database

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Why You Should Consider Using Excel as a Front-End for Your Database

Imagine you’ve just started dating someone who you’d really like to impress. You offer to cook dinner one evening, but suddenly find yourself short on both time and ingredients. You have several options:

  • Make use of the time and ingredients you do have. Surely your date will love that frozen pea, pasta, and ketchup concoction you just invented.
  • Decide you’re inadequately prepared and order delivery/take-out. Surely your date will be impressed feeling like a second thought.
  • Surprise your date with a trip to a restaurant as if that was your plan all along. Your date will be most certainly be surprised at your lack of effort.
  • Tell your date you had a deadline for a Microsoft Excel and database solution that you just completed AND had it not been for the build speed of these solutions, you would have had to cancel your date entirely!

There’s clearly a pro to working with Excel databases (speed, time), but that’s not all a Microsoft Excel and database solution can offer.

So, What Are Some of The Other Benefits?

  • A User Interface to Retrieve Database Information

Without the knowledge, it can be challenging to write queries that retrieve the data you need in the format you need. An Excel and database solution allows you to bypass writing these queries. Rather, you’ll be able to enter your data parameters into a professionally designed and user-friendly interface. A solution like this all but ensures you can experience imposter syndrome, for you’ll be able to quickly retrieve the information you need without much knowledge of database schema or coding.

  • Process Consistency and Automation

The process of writing queries, downloading data extracts, and manually getting information into Excel can be error-laden and arduous. An Excel and database solution automates, expedites, and removes user-error from this process. By dynamically building a query, extracting data from your database, placing the data directly in Excel, this solution will let you start thinking about how to spend all your newfound free time.

  • Access to Data Analysis Tools

Native Excel tools like PivotTables, Slicers, and Filters were built for data analysis. Once your database is connected to Excel, you’ll immediately have access to powerful tools that assist with data organization and analytics. Better yet, these tools can be linked to your queried data range. This means that each time you query a different set of data, the data analysis tools will automatically update with newly imported information. If used correctly, these tools may even convince your boss to give you a raise.

  • Visualization Capabilities

Excel is well-suited for presenting data in a visual format. As soon as data is imported into Excel, you’ll be able to use all its visualization capabilities. Whether you’d like to generate a pie chart depicting sales revenue or a bar graph showing business engagement, these visualization tools will allow you to spend plenty of time with pie or at the bar.

Contact Us for A Free Consultation

When life tasks you with impressing your date and analyzing information to help children’s orphanages around the world, there’s only one solution that can assist with both – a Microsoft Excel and database solution. To understand how we can help, schedule a free consultation with our team. Call 1-800-682-0882 to speak to a team member or submit an inquiry online here.