Excel to Web App

Convert Excel Spreadsheets to Web Applications

Why? Excel is often the go-to tool for numerous business applications, but spreadsheets can spiral out of control when they are shared or used collaboratively. Formulas can be overwritten, out of date files may remain in circulation, and intellectual property could be exposed. And, when these spreadsheets are critical to your organization, these issues can become major liabilities.

EASA’s platform, installed on your network or in the cloud, provides an easy solution that continues to use your existing spreadsheets, complete with VBA and macros, but eliminates all of the liabilities.

No need to replace spreadsheets

With EASA you will continue to use your spreadsheets and have all the benefits of Excel – agility, flexibility and power, but only designated authors have access to do this. Regular users will not directly touch the spreadsheets, but will be able to make use of their functionality.

Eliminate the chaos of shared spreadsheets

Installing EASA on your corporate network or in the cloud lets you convert native spreadsheets, including their VBA, macros and add-ins, into browser based applications. This eliminates the need or the ability to email, download, copy or edit the native Excel file, and database functionality provided by the EASA platform enables efficient and secure sharing of data when required.

Create custom user interfaces

Your webified spreadsheet can be used both internal to your organization or public facing, such as one make available to customers, distributors or the full public. The portal you create with EASA is rendered in HTML, and this web page can be customized with your specific look and feel – the fact it drives an Excel spreadsheet behind the scenes is completely hidden from them.

Keep your intellectual property secure

As the web interface only provides access to selective inputs and outputs, the logic and intellectual property within the Excel file is never exposed thereby providing complete protection of your intellectual property and maintaining its integrity.

Turn Excel Spreadsheets into Web Applications – With VBA or macros

Example Applications:

CPQ (Configure, Price, Quote)

Embrace your Excel spreadsheet-based system rather than replace it with an expensive-to-implement commercial CPQ solution.

Engineer to Order

Simplify complex Excel-based manufacturing processes by creating an enterprise web application that is powered by your existing software.

Insurance Raters & Scenario Modeling

Complex and highly proprietary spreadsheets used in the insurance-reinsurance and financial industries are transformed into secure, enterprise tools easily integrated with policy management platforms and CRM systems.

Financial Modeling

Many industries rely on Excel to create financial models in Excel for many purposes, such as forecasting, profitability, risk management, and many others. EASA allows you to transform your Excel-based financial models into secure, polished web apps.

How is EASA different from other Excel to web and Excel sharing technologies?

Secures Intellectual Property

Spreadsheets often contain proprietary information and business logic that must not fall into unauthorized hands and must not be altered. Because the EASA solution eliminates any user handling of your native Excel files—no emailing, copying, downloading or editing of your spreadsheets—it completely eliminates the possibility of exposing your critical IP, or allowing it to be modified in any way.

Eliminates version confusion

EASA ensures every user is always using only the latest and most up to date version of the underlying spreadsheet. Only you, as the administrator, can update any time by simply uploading a new version of the spreadsheet into the EASA system.

VBA and macros remain fully functional

EASA technology is unique in that it does not rely on any conversion, translation or compiling of your spreadsheet. When spreadsheets are reconstituted by conversion or compiling, they must be revalidated to ensure they still perform as they did as native spreadsheets. Furthermore, it is not possible to reconstitute a spreadsheet that contains VBA or macros. But with EASA, your native spreadsheet continues to be used in its native form by the EASA system, which means that your VBA and macros still perform exactly as intended.

Eliminates Excel compatibility issues

When deploying spreadsheets throughout an enterprise, mismatched versions of Excel, settings, or simply the lack of Excel on a non-Windows device can prevent spreadsheets from running properly or at all. EASA completely eliminates this type of failure, as Excel is run on dedicated, secure servers (on your network or cloud based). Access for authorized users requires only a web browser and does not require any additional locally installed software. This means mobile devices can be used as well, with no app download required. EASA customers have seen increases in reliability when deploying new or updated spreadsheets go from less than 50% to near 100% across the enterprise. Errors due to input mistakes can also be greatly reduced by embedding intelligence at the user interface level, thanks to our custom interface building capability.

Multiple users can access your spreadsheets

EASA lets multiple authorized users make use of the same spreadsheet without needing to check it in or out, with zero risk of overwriting or exposing another user’s work.

Works with virtually all software

Create web apps that are compatible with CAE, databases (including ERP, PLM and CRM systems) scripts, in-house, legacy software and much more.

EASA provides database functionality

EASA comes with its own relational database and saves only the key data each time a spreadsheet is used. The data generated when you execute your spreadsheet is automatically saved in the relational database for efficient and convenient reporting, analytics and data aggregation. This prevents spreadsheet proliferation, ensuring that everyone is working from the same mass document.

On-premise or cloud based, access with any browser

EASA can be resident on either your corporate network or in a private cloud. Either way, access to your spreadsheet app only requires a device equipped with a web browser and an internet link to your network or the cloud (which must be authorized by either EASA’s or your corporate authentication system). Windows, Apple and Android devices can all be used – access to spreadsheets is no longer limited to Windows! The accessing device, or client, does not require Microsoft Excel to be installed on it.

Process automation, workflow management and e-signature capabilities

If needed, EASA enables you to integrate and automate your native spreadsheets with a wide range of other software and data sources. Typical integrations are with databases, CRM systems such as Salesforce, ERP systems such as SAP, and engineering simulation and modeling software. Workflow management enables you to segment and enforce processes, for example requiring an approval or signature before allowing the process to continue.

Ability to create a fully custom user interface – with no code writing

While the standard column-row format for your input and output fields may be perfectly sufficient, there are cases where a more elegant or intuitive design of the user interface is desired. EASA provides you with the option to create a completely customized, non-spreadsheet looking webpage interface, with greater error trapping and “intelligence” beyond what can be easily built into Excel – all without the need for any programming. The no-coding requirement of EASA means faster creation of your apps, and a greatly reduced or complete elimination of the need to enlist your IT experts or software developers to build them.

Automatically log usage details, fulfill compliance and regulatory requirements

EASA records what version of the underlying software was executed by your app, and provides a complete “audit trail” of usage: Who used which app, when, and with what result. EASA ensures a rigid and repeatable process (and no need to keep re-validating spreadsheets) that along with the audit trail can assist gaining compliance certification even when spreadsheets are being used.

How to Convert a Spreadsheet into a Web App

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