[kwlug-disc] What's the simple next level beyond OpenOffice Base?
liberosec at yahoo.ca
Sat Nov 27 11:43:35 EST 2010
For a lot of people collaborating on a spreadsheet this seems a nice online
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> From: Raul Suarez <rarsa at yahoo.com>
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> Sent: Sat, November 27, 2010 11:32:18 AM
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> I'll add that being in the IT side of an insurance company, we've sometimes
>taken those underwriting spreadsheets as part of the specifications for a new
>system. I mean. what's a better specification that working algorithms?
> I've also seen End user spreadsheets that are full blown applications and
>that's where I draw the line. I don't see some of these tools for professional
>development but as personal, end user tools where users can hack something
>based on their domain expertise. The results are usually amazing.
> --- On Sat, 11/27/10, Insurance Squared Inc. <gcooke at insurancesquared.com>
> > Excellent point, and not something
> > most of us would think through at the spreadsheet level.
> > I worked in the pricing department of an insurance company
> > back in the nineties doing technical pricing work. I
> > created a couple of Excel spreadsheets for the underwriters
> > to use to assist them with their pricing work. 5+
> > years after I'd left the company an underwriter thanked me
> > for the spreadsheets - they were still using them. As
> > far as I know, they're still using them today, well over a
> > decade after I've left.
> > >
> > > This is the start of "code sprawl". Instead of
> > spreadsheets being just data,
> > > they contain code (business logic) in them, and in
> > effect, you have an
> > > "application".
> > >
> > > An application is something you have to maintain for
> > many years to come:
> > > debug, modify, extend, ...etc. They have a life of
> > their own, and require
> > > time and effort to continue to exist. Application
> > development is not a one
> > > time thing. It is an on going effort.
> > >
> > > So, whatever you decide to replace that with, take
> > this into account. For
> > > better or for worse, you have an application that
> > needs to be maintained
> > > for the foreseeable future.
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