I have been involved in helping create an Excel integration add-in at Metric-X, http://www.metricx.com, and it is called XLhub, http://www.metricx.com/xlhub-excel-integration.

This tool allows information to be written to a database so it can be shared easily between other users, without the hassle of sending emails, cutting and pasting, and having to save multiple versions of the same file. This works because data from Excel is saved into a database where multiple users can connect, save, and retrieve information that has been stored. Each time a version is saved to the database, or hub as we call it, it is immediately available to all authorized users, so the most up-to-date information is available, eliminating the worries that a change will be made and not known right before a deadline.

This data, along with other sources (SSRS, Crystal Reports, etc.) can be pulled into an Excel file, or other BI tool so that forecasting, budgeting,and status reports are up to the minute.

To see more information go to the http://www.metricx.com/xlhub-excel-integration. A free trial is now available to start using, you can download it at http://www.metricx.com/xlhub-excel-integration/demo.

What are everyone’s thoughts on this?

Martin Perrine