White Paper: App-Like Microsoft Office Files Create Potential Risks for Business Operations
by ConverterTechnology on Dec 22, 2011
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While it may not be readily apparent, just about every company has some personnel on their staff that have manipulated Microsoft Ofﬁce ﬁles to help them perform their jobs more efﬁciently. The ...
While it may not be readily apparent, just about every company has some personnel on their staff that have manipulated Microsoft Ofﬁce ﬁles to help them perform their jobs more efﬁciently. The technique is not complicated, and these app-like ﬁles can serve a valuable purpose—some function very similar to database applications and facilitate complex business analysis. For many businesses, the number of these type ﬁles that users rely on has grown into the thousands, serving as quasi applications that the business relies on heavily for day-to-day operations.
The availability of Visual Basic programming tools with Microsoft Ofﬁce 97 gave end-users these new capabilities to program ﬁles, and the extent of these capabilities increased even further with the arrival of Windows XP in 2003. End-users with no formal software development training can now manipulate Ofﬁce ﬁles in ways that are quite helpful—especially in generating reports and running other functions that provide access to key information.
App-like ﬁles are usually created by users that perform certain tasks repeatedly in Excel, but the same can be done in Access and other Ofﬁce applications. Tasks can be automated with a macro, which is a series of commands and functions stored in Visual Basic and can be run whenever a user needs to perform the task.
In the attached white paper you can read about how to identify and replace app-like files with applications, in order to reduce risks in your business operations. For more information please visit www.convertertechnology.com
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