Tuesday, December 14, 2004

lol Compliance Pressures Prod IT to Limit Use of Spreadsheets

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"Politically, it's devastating to take away the spreadsheets from the end user," [Mike Thoma, vice president of marketing at South San Francisco-based Actuate] said. "But on the other hand, you don't want to go to jail."
"Excel is the cocaine of finance," [Gerald Baltrusch, IT director at The Tile Shop LLC, a Plymouth, Minn.-based tile retailer] said. "Once you start using it to calculate your final numbers, you can't stop."

Apparently, input errors are criminal offenses in some jurisdictions.