You know what am I always saying about data shadow systems and the reign of Excel, right? Here’s what Forrester says in a recent white paper:
“The influence of the spreadsheet on BI is staggering. Once believed to be the antithesis of BI solutions by both the vendors and many end users, the spreadsheet has become a focal point for vendors’ development and a paradox for IT. Business users now demand to have data delivered by BI analytic reporting tools into a spreadsheet, either as an Excel plug-in, a spreadsheet knockoff, or an integrated solution that seamlessly passes data and metadata directly from the BI tool into a spreadsheet. Whichever approach your organization takes, the bottom line is that spreadsheets will be a big part of your BI solution going forward.”
This is from their paper, Business Intelligence Driven By Compliance, Standardization, And Performance Initiatives (PDF).
At the risk of sounding like a broken record, here’s what I’ve been saying about this: