Why using Excel Caused Covid-19 Results to be Lost


OK, you almost definitely have heard about this. It's easy to criticize the folks at PHE for building a terrible system with Excel (and the deprecated-in-the-90's .xls file format) at its core. But if you believe this "expert", you're just as detached from reality as he is:

"Excel was always meant for people mucking around with a bunch of data for their small company to see what it looked like. And then when you need to do something more serious, you build something bespoke that works - there's dozens of other things you could do. But you wouldn't use XLS. Nobody would start with that."

Reality check—Excel is the most-used data tool in existence. If you're not taking this into account in your thinking, you should be. How are you helping to enable Excel users at your org?


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