The Thank You Project: #187 (Microsoft Excel)

ThankYouIcon_187Microsoft Excel is part of the suite of Microsoft products that my generation has grown up with. It’s taught in school and is probably one of the most used programs aside from Microsoft Word (which stay tuned there will be a thank you for that one as well). Microsoft Excel gives users the ability to keep track of extensive worksheets of information ranging from budgets to a database of customers to a custom reporting system. In the business world, we use Excel quite extensively and I think without it I would be pretty lost. So for this I am thankful today for Microsoft Excel.

When I started out in the real world, I didn’t actually deal too much with Microsoft Excel per se. It was used for some reports but on a daily basis it wasn’t quite as important. That all changed when I got to work a rotation at Meijer. While I was there I understood the true value that Microsoft Excel brings companies. For analysis it is second to none in taking raw data and being able to manipulate it and do analysis. Anything from pivot tables to graphs to charts, Microsoft Excel can do it. In addition, there’s a whole other programming language that is embedded within Excel. I utilized this to make a custom reporting tool that made a big impact on how users created reports and how fast they were able to do it in.

Even in everyday life I’m able to utilize it for many unique situations. Right now I’m keeping track of some of Krista’s pain scales on how Lupus and Fibromalygia may be affecting her. By utilizing the spreadsheet format of Excel, I am able to organize my notes in a coherent style that allows us to effectively communicate to Krista’s doctor on her conditions and spot some of the trends that might be happening.

So for those of you who haven’t found extensive use of Microsoft Excel in your life, I would recommend taking a look and seeing what it can do for you. Even a basic to intermediate understanding could help you out immensely on a daily basis!

The Lermz

Michael Lerma graduated the University of Notre Dame in 2009 with an Information Technology Management degree. He is currently a senior Project Manager with the Nielsen Company.

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