Deploying Excel to Web Applications for Your Business Needs
Organizations across all industries, regardless of company size, all have one thing in common: a love-hate relationship with Excel spreadsheets. Excel is loved for its flexibility and “agility” – the ease of making changes quickly – and the fact that most folks are already familiar with it. But when spreadsheets are widely shared, the “hate” part of the relationship begins to appear, stemming from familiar issues such as lack of version control, difficulty protecting IP and proprietary information, inability to conduct analytics across many separate files and constrained access within an increasingly mobile (and generally disparate IT infrastructure) environment.
Many companies find themselves considering expensive, time-consuming and often risky efforts to replace their spreadsheets with completely custom developed software or specific purpose software that requires immense customization work and a completely new learning curve.
EASA has been developed to specifically enable companies to continue to utilize their existing spreadsheets (and workflows involving spreadsheets), while simultaneously eliminating the various typical Excel problems (the “hate” part of the relationship) mentioned earlier.
EASA does this with an Excel to web capability that is far more elegant than traditional web-enabling systems for spreadsheets. These systems typically rely on converting spreadsheets and are unable to cope with advanced formulae, VBA and macros. EASA, on the other hand, does not alter the native spreadsheet, but rather the mechanism to interface to it. EASA enables you to create a customized web app within a codeless or “low-code” environment. This web app then serves as the user interface to the spreadsheet so that users of the spreadsheets no longer directly touch it – no copying, editing or emailing of xls (or xlsm) files. Rather, users simply access a web app with any browser, specify the necessary inputs and the web app then communicates with the spreadsheet, now on a secure location on your network, to instantly provide the calculated outputs back to the web app. Excel becomes the business logic engine only, and the web app replaces Excels rudimentary row-column-cell based user interface.