Use Excel as a Front End to a SQL Server Database
XLhub creates a two-way connection (read/write) between Excel and SQL Server Database
XLhub is an add-in that integrates Excel with a SQL Server Database. A user is able to define a table in Microsoft Excel, and then using the XLhub wizard, is able to create an equivalent SQL Server table. In addition to the database table, the XLhub add-in wizard also generates stored procedures for reading and writing data between Excel and SQL Server.
XLhub is meant to be used by the end user and does not require programming knowledge. Xlhub’s wizard driven process makes connecting to SQL simple and intuitive from the beginning. Beyond the basic benefit of connecting to SQL server more easily, XLhub also offers a variety of solutions to the following limitations one often encounters when using Excel:
- Spreadsheets are emailed in order to share data
- Files are saved with a new name in order to preserve history
- Data from several spreadsheets has to be combined manually to produce reports
- People spend a lot of time copying/pasting data
- Time is wasted searching for the right file to work with
- Overall, there is a concern that there are too many spreadsheets and that data integrity might be at risk
XLhub is an Excel add-in that ties your Excel spreadsheets to a SQL Server database, converting Excel into a front end for accessing and manipulating database information.
XLhub Extends the Capabilities of Microsoft Excel
|With Excel:||With Excel and XLhub:|
|Data is locked inside spreadsheet files||Make data in spreadsheets accessible to other spreadsheets and applications|
|Multi-user sharing often involves time-consuming re-entry and cutting/pasting||Prevent routine cutting and pasting from multiple sources|
|Workbooks can only be edited by one user at a time||Allow simultaneous multi-user access to data|
|Files are duplicated excessively to track versions and to share spreadsheets between multiple users||Eliminate the need to duplicate files|
|Changes to the data are difficult to track||Add a full audit trail to your data|
|No version control||Use versioning to roll back changes to any particular version|
|Security and access control are difficult to provide||Add a security and access layer to Excel|
XLhub Frees Your Data from Spreadsheet Files!
With XLhub’s ability to tie your spreadsheets to a database—thus converting Excel into a front end for accessing and manipulating database information—Excel becomes more robust, instantly. XLhub features all the advantages of a database without losing any of the functionality that makes Excel great, making Excel more powerful and beneficial than ever before. If you depend on Excel and are ready to maximize your productivity and go beyond Excel’s limitations, try XLhub.
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