Actuate Corporation announced that the results of its recent survey of business end users and IT staff are now publicly available. The study revealed pent-up market demand for Web-enabled spreadsheet report creation and distribution products, which runs contrary to the goals of most data warehousing implementation projects undertaken by corporate IT departments. Such projects typically aim to have business users abandon their beloved spreadsheets in favor of more centralized data management. Interested parties can now directly download major findings of the survey as a PDF file from http://www.actuate.com/download/ActuateSurveyResults.pdf.
Wayne Eckerson, director of education and research at The Data Warehousing Institute, explains an anxiety commonly held by IT managers: “Spreadsheets make it too easy for groups to define their own metrics and to collect data from different sources at various levels of granularity at different times. Thus, each spreadsheet represents a unique view of the organization, an independent data mart or spreadmart’ if you will whose data cannot be reconciled with other spreadmarts.”
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