Convert Excel Sheets to Web App

Convert Excel Spreadsheets to Web Applications

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 Formulas can get overwritten, out of date files may remain in circulation, and intellectual property could be exposed. When these spreadsheets are critical to your organization, these issues can become major liabilities.

Converting your Excel page to a web app might be the answer to these inherent problems. 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.

Benefits of using EASA:

No need to replace spreadsheets

Continue to use your spreadsheet with all its benefits — agility, flexibility and power — while only allowing authorized users access to editing features.

Eliminate the chaos of shared spreadsheets

Convert spreadsheets, including VBA, macros and add-ins, into browser-based apps that will remove both the ability and the need to play around with the native Excel file for enhanced security.

Create custom user interfaces

Customize your web page according to your branding, hiding from users that it is driven by a spreadsheet. The webified Excel page can be used internally or be public-facing.

Keep your intellectual property secure

Protect your IP by never exposing the logic within the Excel file to users, utilizing the interface to provide access to selective inputs and outputs. Make time consuming spreadsheet data protection solutions a thing of the past.

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How to Convert a Spreadsheet into a Web App

Steps for Converting Excel to Web App

Step 1 — Selection: In the spreadsheet, select the content you want displayed on the web page using the wizard. EASA will create the web page for you — no coding, no HTML.

Step 2 — Customization: If desired, customize the look and feel by rearranging content, adding buttons and tabs, etc. Users will not be aware that the app is Excel-based.

Step 3 — Advanced Features: Optionally, implement advanced features such as database functionality, workflow management, e-signature and integration with other data sources.

Step 4 — Publishing: Test your web app, and if you’re satisfied with it, press the publish button.

Step 5 — Permissions: Assign permissions to provide access to specific inputs, outputs and functionalities for different users.

Example Applications:

CPQ (Configure, Price, Quote)

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

Engineer to Order

Simplify complex Excel manufacturing processes by creating an enterprise web application, 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 for many purposes, such as forecasting, profitability, and risk management. EASA allows you to convert your Excel-based financial models into secure and polished web apps.

How is EASA different from other Excel to web app 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.

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What our Clients Say

Applying EASA has brought us significant savings in time through massive reduction in manual intervention, and greater accuracy of captured data

We have used EASA to build CPQ tools which consolidate dozens of processes across our business

 

EASA enabled us to reduce the IT effort and accelerate the deployment of the Wind ITO system.

Excel to Web App FAQs

How is EASA different from other Excel to Web “converters”?

Instead of converting the entire Excel file, EASA only adapts the user interaction components, such as inputs and outputs. The native spreadsheet is retained as is, and used as the ‘engine’ of the app. The main benefit of this method is that macros, VBA, add-ins and all types of formulas can still be retained and continue to operate as they do.

To top it all off, EASA allows for additional features (e.g. database functionality, workflow management, and integration with different sources and programs) without making any changes to the native spreadsheet. Excel is not the only software compatible with EASA, so we can convert other files, too.

Can my VBA and macros be included in my converted web app?

Unlike other methods of converting excel spreadsheets to web apps, EASA is uniquely capable of including macros and VBA, as well as add-ins. This is done with 100% reliability for all reused logic and formulas.

Can I use Excel as a database?

While Excel was not designed to be a database, or possess database functionality, EASA can enhance the features of a spreadsheet to act as a powerful database. In other words, Excel can absolutely be used for this purpose and this is a common reason EASA adds high value to enterprises’ spreadsheets.

Where is the EASA system hosted?

The EASA platform can be installed either on your network or in a cloud system of your choice. In either case, none of your files, data or operations are tied into EASA’s network. They are all completely secure under your own network and infrastructure control.

Do I need the EASA company to create the web apps for me?

The EASA platform was designed to provide complete independence of our customers. The web apps you create using EASA are not reliant on us, except for routine assistance and upgrades (both of which are included with the software).

However, we do provide professional services to create apps for customers and then train them so that ongoing updates and modifications can be performed by them, without having to depend on additional services from us.

Can multiple people use the web apps?

Yes, EASA is inherently a multi-user system that can allow various people to access the same application, without any risk of overwriting or having to ‘check in or out’ a master copy. With the database functionality that EASA provides, true collaboration, which is either unwieldy or impossible through native spreadsheets alone, is easily enabled.

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