If you work for a big company, chances are that your accounts and internal management information is stored in a massive database. There’s a lot of information floating around your organisation after all, too much to be stored on spreadsheets. With the rise of the “Enterprise Resource Planning” (ERP) software that specialises in handling organisation-wide data there must be a chance that your spreadsheets will all become obsolete.

We spoke to Chris Newdick who works for SAP, one of the world’s largest suppliers of ERP systems. In a few quick minutes Chris gave us a demonstration of how SAP is designed to interface with Excel.

It’s clear to us that Chris sees Excel and SAP complementing each other. Excel has an in-built flexibility and is already widely used by his clients, but it’s just not designed for handling the enormous amounts of data any decent sized organisation generates. Chris sees Excel and SAP continuing to work together. Chris can’t see Excel disappearing any time soon.

We asked Chris: “What could Microsoft do with Excel next?” Chris would love Microsoft to solve the challenge of making Excel’s initial user interface simpler. Most users use a fraction of Excel’s full functionality. Making the product look simple for the majority of users would be a step forward. The last thing it needs right now is more options/ capabilities – very few users would see an advantage there.

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Chris took one of Financial Associates’ courses ahead of joining SAP?

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