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xlhubMiddleware for Excel<br />January 2010<br />
Introduction<br />This presentation describes xlhub, a cloud-based application developed by Metric-X<br />xlhub is a middl...
xlhub<br />Companies keep valuable corporate data in Excel<br />xlhub enables companies to maximize access to the data loc...
Overview<br />Excel is a powerful tool and it is used widely<br />Very flexible when spreadsheet is used by one individual...
Excel Features <br />Very flexible<br />Easy to learn<br />Widely available<br />Powerful data analysis capabilities<br />...
Excel Limitations<br />Lack of audit trails<br />Not easy to tell who changed which cells<br />No version control<br />Not...
Excel Evolution in the Workplace<br />An Excel solution is quickly implemented for a recurring process<br />E.g. Forecasti...
The xlhub Solution<br />Free the data from the spreadsheet file<br />Make the data in a spreadsheet readable by other spre...
cloud<br />xlhub Architecture<br />
cloud<br />xlhub Architecture<br />Security<br />Version Control<br />Audit Trail<br />Database<br />
cloud<br />Security<br />Version Control<br />Audit Trail<br />Database<br />
cloud<br />Add more applications<br />Security<br />Version Control<br />Audit Trail<br />Database<br />
cloud<br />Security<br />Version Control<br />Audit Trail<br />Create Rich Reports<br />Database<br />
Cut and Paste<br />People commonly spend part of their day cutting / pasting data in Excel<br />
xlhub<br />Typically,  multiple data sources are required to compile the right picture<br />Other Application<br />ERP Sys...
xlhub<br />xlhub unifies disparate data silos<br />Other Application<br />ERP System<br />
Sample Applications<br />Order Management<br />Status Reporting<br />Forecasting<br />Consolidated Budgets<br />Surveys<br...
xlhub unifies disparate data silos<br />x<br />Consolidated Budgets<br />Order Management<br />Sales Forecasts<br />xlhub<...
xlhub Look and Feel<br />
The xlhub Excel Add-In<br />
Applications can be added when needed<br />Order Management<br />Status Reporting<br />Forecasting<br />Consolidated Budge...
Summary	<br />Companies keep valuable corporate data in Excel<br />xlhub enables companies to maximize access to the data ...
For more informationSaad Shahsaad@metricx.comwww.metricx.com248-495-4925<br />
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Companies keep valuable corporate data in Excel
xlhub enables companies to maximize access to the data locked in Excel files

Features:
* Integrate data from multiple spreadsheets, the ERP system and other applications
* Maintain audit trails
* Readily compare previous versions of the spreadsheet data
* Apply security policies to spreadsheet data

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xlhub (Excel integrated with a database)

  1. 1. xlhubMiddleware for Excel<br />January 2010<br />
  2. 2. Introduction<br />This presentation describes xlhub, a cloud-based application developed by Metric-X<br />xlhub is a middleware solution for moving data between Excel workbooks and other applications<br />
  3. 3. xlhub<br />Companies keep valuable corporate data in Excel<br />xlhub enables companies to maximize access to the data locked in Excel files<br />Features:<br />Integrate data from multiple spreadsheets, the ERP system and other applications<br />Maintain audit trails<br />Readily compare previous versions of the spreadsheet data<br />Apply security policies to spreadsheet data<br />
  4. 4. Overview<br />Excel is a powerful tool and it is used widely<br />Very flexible when spreadsheet is used by one individual at a time<br />Solutions built with Excel are not well suited for a multi-user environment<br />Spreadsheets often have to be emailed<br />Changes can’t be tracked<br />Typically, only one person edits a workbook at a time<br />Metric-X has extended Excel so that it can be used in a multi-user environment<br />
  5. 5. Excel Features <br />Very flexible<br />Easy to learn<br />Widely available<br />Powerful data analysis capabilities<br />Great data presentation capabilities<br />
  6. 6. Excel Limitations<br />Lack of audit trails<br />Not easy to tell who changed which cells<br />No version control<br />Not easy to know if one is working with the latest data<br />Data is saved within a file<br />If some data is needed elsewhere, access to the file is required<br />Sharing data among spreadsheets often involves re-entry or cutting/pasting<br />
  7. 7. Excel Evolution in the Workplace<br />An Excel solution is quickly implemented for a recurring process<br />E.g. Forecasting, budgeting, status reporting<br />More people need access to the data:<br />Spreadsheet becomes more complex<br />Spreadsheet is emailed around<br />Occasionally, errors are discovered:<br />Data is incorrect, or<br />Decisions made using incorrect version of the file<br />Result: Collaboration and speed are limited by the capabilities of the tool<br />
  8. 8. The xlhub Solution<br />Free the data from the spreadsheet file<br />Make the data in a spreadsheet readable by other spreadsheets and applications<br />Provide security, audit trails, data versioning<br />
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  11. 11. cloud<br />xlhub Architecture<br />
  12. 12. cloud<br />xlhub Architecture<br />Security<br />Version Control<br />Audit Trail<br />Database<br />
  13. 13. cloud<br />Security<br />Version Control<br />Audit Trail<br />Database<br />
  14. 14. cloud<br />Add more applications<br />Security<br />Version Control<br />Audit Trail<br />Database<br />
  15. 15. cloud<br />Security<br />Version Control<br />Audit Trail<br />Create Rich Reports<br />Database<br />
  16. 16. Cut and Paste<br />People commonly spend part of their day cutting / pasting data in Excel<br />
  17. 17. xlhub<br />Typically, multiple data sources are required to compile the right picture<br />Other Application<br />ERP System<br />
  18. 18. xlhub<br />xlhub unifies disparate data silos<br />Other Application<br />ERP System<br />
  19. 19. Sample Applications<br />Order Management<br />Status Reporting<br />Forecasting<br />Consolidated Budgets<br />Surveys<br />Data Entry Forms<br />Reporting & Analytics<br />
  20. 20. xlhub unifies disparate data silos<br />x<br />Consolidated Budgets<br />Order Management<br />Sales Forecasts<br />xlhub<br />Status Reporting<br />Production Forecasts<br />Informal, but important, applications can be integrated with xlhub<br />Revenue Forecasts<br />
  21. 21. xlhub Look and Feel<br />
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  23. 23. The xlhub Excel Add-In<br />
  24. 24. Applications can be added when needed<br />Order Management<br />Status Reporting<br />Forecasting<br />Consolidated Budgets<br />Surveys<br />Data Entry Forms<br />Reporting & Analytics<br />
  25. 25. Summary <br />Companies keep valuable corporate data in Excel<br />xlhub enables companies to maximize access to the data locked in Excel files<br />Features:<br />Integrate data from multiple spreadsheets, ERP system and other applications<br />Maintain audit trails<br />Readily compare previous versions of the spreadsheet data<br />Apply security policies to spreadsheet data<br />
  26. 26. For more informationSaad Shahsaad@metricx.comwww.metricx.com248-495-4925<br />

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