Spreadsheets run amok in most organizations. They proliferate like poisonous vines, slowly strangling organizations by depriving them of a single, consistent set of information and metrics to evaluate corporate performance and develop tactical and strategic plans.

Don't get me wrong. There is nothing inherently bad about spreadsheets. They provide valuable functionality when used for their intended purpose as personal productivity tools. Unfortunately, too many organizations allow business analysts and others to transform spreadsheets into data marts and corporate reporting engines.

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