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Spreadsheet data problems – inconsistent naming and values

By Robert Cowham

Naming is fundamental part of configuration management – good naming standards and conventions make a huge difference in an organisation. And yet we have seen the problems that our customers often have with doing this.

There are different types of naming issues. The basic issues need to be resolved by having good …

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How “helpful” Excel corrupts your data

By Robert Cowham

In this article I want to look at some of the problems with Excel which applies “helpful” formatting and ends up corrupting your data (if you are not careful!).

Excel has a lot of intelligence which tries to interpret the values in particular columns and to automatically format that data in the …

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The descent into Spreadsheet Chaos – One worksheet at a time!

By Robert Cowham

This post is the first in a series of lessons learned working with customers and helping them document their infrastructures. Probably the most common tool used for documenting infrastructures is the humble spreadsheet, and of course the majority are in Excel. And for simple needs it usually does a good job.

The …

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