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Tinker,

When I graduated from college and was assigned data analysis like you described above, I used 13 column accounting paper, a calculator with a paper tape, and pencil. I thought lotus 1-2-3 was the greatest thing ever invented. Excel blew lotus away, partly due to Mr. Gates's monopolistic tendencies.

Microsoft obviously has the financial firepower to improve Excel IF it wants to. If I owned AYX, SMAR, or anything like it, I'd be watching Microsoft pretty closely. Perhaps Microsoft's current management has moved on to other things. Just saying.
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