Globetrotting data

I was talking to one of our Enterprise prospects today and wanted to pass on a funny / terrifying story.  This team from a Fortune 500 company is migrating some of their critical data from spreadsheets to a QuickBase application, and was explaining to me how their current process works.  Previously, they had a single spreadsheet that tracks global project information.  Since they have dozens of people in multiple global locations (across the U.S., Europe, Middle East, Asia, & Australia) they keep sending this spreadsheet around the world each day, essentially following the time-zones.  Around and around and around.

Gnome1_2 Not surprisingly, this is a nightmare!  There is often a question as to which is the most recent document and folks have to wait their turn to update the spreadsheet with their own information.  The security holes are pretty darn big too!  As they were explaining this process, I couldn’t help but imagine travelocity’s traveling gnome running incredibly fast with this spreadsheet in tow, trying to make it to London before the sun went down.  I have a feeling QuickBase is going to be a significant upgrade!

  • http://www.vcsonline.com/ Nick Matteucci

    Have they tried Google Apps? You can upload an Excel spreadsheet and edit it online (for free and securely). It also works with other document types as well.

    You setup who you share it with and their access levels. My mom can barely turn a computer on and she can use it / loves it.

    It is really cool with all the features and you can actually see others collaborating at the same time.

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  • http://www.vcsonline.com Nick Matteucci

    Have they tried Google Apps? You can upload an Excel spreadsheet and edit it online (for free and securely). It also works with other document types as well.

    You setup who you share it with and their access levels. My mom can barely turn a computer on and she can use it / loves it.

    It is really cool with all the features and you can actually see others collaborating at the same time.

    [Reply]