Since you are reading this blog, it may be likely that you have influence within your company as regards the software they adopt. When it comes to Excel, a recent survey showed that many companies still use Excel 2003, some use Excel 2007, and a comparative few have adopted Excel 2010.
Once again, since you are a reader of this blog, you are probably and Early Adapter, and would like to see your company update to the latest version of Excel. To that end, I have condensed the most compelling reasons to update:
Reason to Upgrade from Excel 2003 to Excel 2007
- More Room: 15 times more rows and 62 times more columns
- Pivot Tables: Many enhanced pivot table features
- Versatile Functions/Formulas: Over 8 times the number of arguments and length
- XML Formats: Better integration with back-end systems
- Dashboards: Easily created to track key indicators
Reasons to upgrade from Excel 2007 to 2010
- Recording Chart Macros: Now available in Excel 2010
- Sparklines: Great new mini-charts that can enhance understanding of data
- Statistical Functions: Financial and math functions, as well as the wizard have been much improved.
- Conditional Formatting: Engaging and intuitive new formatting now available in Excel 2010
- Improved Productivity: The company’s Excel Gurus can leverage the enhanced features
Like so many other things in our increasingly technological world, if you don’t keep up on a regular basis, you can one day find yourself being passed by at the parade of progress.