Link supports Cooperation and Collaborative Analytics using MS Excel as a client. As everybody can use MS Excel the cost of integration of SpreadSheetSpace is negligible. Users must just learn to press a couple of new buttons. A MS Excel user can select an area (a range in the Excel jargon), a table or a sheet and expose it to other MS Excel users, who can import it in their spreadsheets. Once completed exposition and importation, the exposer and the importer are connected. Any update in the exposed element automatically appears in the imported element.
Unlike cloud based systems, SpreadSheetSpace preserves data ownership. The user who exposes the data is the owner whereas the users who import the data are the consumers. They can include the imported data in their calculations, charts and reports and count on the fact that such data is permanently in sync with the exposer spreadsheet.
Let us make an example:
Alice works on a complex Excel spreadsheet and needs to make available a table which evolves over time to her colleague Bob. Instead of sending a new version of the table at every update by means of an email message, Alice selects the table and invokes the SpreadSheetSpace Expose functionality to expose a view of the table to Bob. All in one click.
Bob receive a notification and invokes the SpreadSheetSpace Connect functionality to install the View in his spreadsheet at the cursor position. Again, just one click. From then on, the two spreadsheets are “in sync” and SpreadSheetSpace takes care of synchronization.
No more Multiple Versions of the Truth, no more errors due to people working on different data versions, no more copy-paste, temporary files, email messages, but just a Single Version of the Truth, direct spreadsheet synchronization, automatic/manual update, one click operation.
SpreadSheetSpace keeps the users'spreadsheets synchronized so that the users perceive the presence of a single shared spreadsheet.
SpreadSheetSpace Link allows Excel users to expose Views of cells, ranges of cells, tables and whole sheets to other users and to link their spreadsheets to existing Views.
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