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SharePoint® 2010 Development® For Dummies® by Ken Withee

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Chapter 5

Taking Excel to a New Level with SharePoint

In This Chapter

arrow Homing in on SharePoint as the perfect place for Excel spreadsheets

arrow Developing powerful data-analysis tools using Excel and publishing them to SharePoint

arrow Discovering the power of SharePoint Excel Services

arrow Understanding REST-based Excel Web services in SharePoint

Once a new technology starts rolling, if you’re not part of the steamroller, you’re part of the road.

— Stewart Brand

The Microsoft Office Excel product has to be one of the most beloved — and most used — programs in data analysis history. As a consultant, I’m always amazed when I walk into a client’s office and discover how vital Excel is to the organization. Excel provides an easy way for anyone to become a data analyst — but keeping the analysis consistent is difficult if everyone in an organization uses Excel in isolation.

Recognizing the importance (and familiarity) of Excel, Microsoft has taken the tool to a new level by integrating it with SharePoint. Using Excel and SharePoint in unison results in a powerful — and governable — solution that both ...

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