Excel tends to be one of those pieces of software that everyone has (what other spreadsheet application is there?), but just a few of us really know how to use it. As software developers we see a wide range among our CDXZipStream clients in their ability to use Excel, and that's just fine; after all, not many of us have it spelled out in our job descriptions to be experts in Excel.
Excel is a terrific resource - powerful, complex, and unfortunately it has a very clunky help facility. It must drive the folks at Microsoft a little crazy that so many people bypass the help file and go straight to Google to get answers, especially when there are so many good (non-MS) Excel sites and blogs on the web. One of our favorites is Chandoo.org (formerly known as the Pointy-Haired Dilbert), which, among lots of other resources, has a nice Tutorial on the Excel 2007 ribbon. But yes, this does beg the question: why does Microsoft build an application with such a complicated menu (i.e. "ribbon") that it needs its own tutorial?
In view of all this, we'd like to introduce our new client service where we do all the Excel legwork for you. Actually, it's not so new – we've been doing it all along as our clients request it, but we are now offering it as a standard service after realizing that some potential clients may forego using CDXZipStream because of issues with Excel. Just give us your specifications, and we will build a turn-key Excel file that performs the analysis you need using CDXZipStream. At your request we can include automation of spreadsheet tasks such as data input, sorting, and charting. And if you need data that isn't in our standard data feeds, we can also create a custom database that works with our patented interface for Excel.
We have also developed some free Excel templates that do basic CDXZipStream functions such as geocoding with a single click of a button (and absolutely no knowledge of Excel is required). These are available through our Facebook page - just give us a thumbs up, and the files can be downloaded from the "For Our Fans" tab.
If you think you'd like us to build your own custom Excel template, please give us a call at 1-877-CDX-TEC1 (239-8321) or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. And let us be the Excel experts - so you don't have to be.