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Breviz is a software tool, developed by Infotron, that visualizes Excel spreadsheets as dataflow diagrams. This way, breviz supports users in understanding Excel files quicker and better.

Breviz is a software tool, developed by Infotron, that visualizes Excel spreadsheets as dataflow diagrams. This way, breviz supports users in understanding Excel files quicker and better.

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    Breviz Breviz Presentation Transcript

    • The story of spreadsheets
    • The story of spreadsheets
      Did you know that…
    • 95 % of all U.S. firms use spreadsheets for financial reporting
    • 90% of all analysts in industry perform calculations in spreadsheets
    • 50% of spreadsheets form the basis for decisions
      F.Hermans, M. Pinzgerand A. van Deursen - Supporting Professional Spreadsheet Users by Generating Leveled Dataflow Diagrams
    • Spreadsheets have a huge impact on business!
    • However, understanding spreadsheets is hard.
    • Only 33% of spreadsheets
      contains a
      structured
      manual
      Especially if there is little documentation
      F.Hermans, M. Pinzgerand A. van Deursen - Supporting Professional Spreadsheet Users by Generating Leveled Dataflow Diagrams
    • Consider this balance sheet
    • Consider this balance sheet
      It looks structured, however…
    • There is a strange block in the middle
    • There is a strange block in the middle How to find out what is calculated there?
    • Excel can help us a bit, by showing the formula (=G11 + G15)
    • If we inspect the first column we see
      that net income and other comprehensive incomeare summed
    • This could be repeated for all cells in the block, but it will take us a lot of time
    • Can’t this process be more easy?
    • Yes, it can! By using Breviz, you can see formula dependencies in a second!
    • Breviz turns this
    • into this
    • Brevizanalyzes all formulas within an Excel file and shows them in a concise dataflow format
    • Formula dependencies of individual worksheets are aggregated, giving a total overview of the file
    • Breviz was tested at Robeco, a large Dutch investment banker
    • These user tests showed: Users love more control on their spreadsheets
    • Results were so positive that Robeco will start using Breviz January 1st 2011
    • Are you in full control of spreadsheets?
    • If you’d like more info
      you can reach us at contact@infotron.nl