The author of this article states that Spreadsheets/Excel is not an effective software for enterprises to plan their projects. Instead, it increases the risk of project failure. The author explains that Spreadsheets cannot support effective collaboration because it is slow in showing latest version, which results in communication confusion. It also requires a lot of time as well as labor to do changes such as merging cells. This makes it hard to track workload or utilize the information for project progress. As a result, people will be frustrated and weighed down. The author feels that a better software than Spreadsheets is needed to support the communication and reporting between all levels of staff in order to achieve the goals in planning and completing their projects.
- A spreadsheet is not a multi-user tool and does not suit real-time team collaboration.
- There is no way to track man-hours and worker utilization.
- No version control, so making changes is radical and laborious.
“To make the project successful, you need to constantly track and monitor the progress of the project – and traditional spreadsheets just won’t do.”