Spreadsheets have the following serious deficiencies:

  • They generally do not optimize. Most spreadsheets represent a means to make guessing, playing what-if, appear scientific. A guess is still a guess.
  • Spreadsheets have notoriously high error rates. Studies show 90% contain serious errors.
  • Spreadsheets need but do not have a database and user interface for managing the data processed in the spreadsheet.
  • Spreadsheet are typically written by persons not trained in programming and are usually dependent on their authors for maintenance and operation.
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