Excel to Database
Given Excel’s popularity and influence, it’s a wonder that migrating Excel data into a separate database is still such a difficult task. Getting from Excel to database tables usually involves importing data using a database administration tool or custom coding an importing and update process. New Excel add-ins are attempting to make this process easier.
Manually Importing Excel Data
Importing Excel data into a database with a database administration tool usually involves converting a spreadsheet into a CSV (comma-separated value) file, renaming columns, and fixing data format issues. After all this time, taking data from Excel and storing it in a database is still not as simple or as easy a process as it should be—the next time data has to be imported, a database developer will likely have to repeat all of the same steps as before. Hand importing is a time consuming and error-prone process.
Custom Coded Import Solutions
Custom coding is a niche technical skill that can very quickly become cost inefficient. A database developer creates code (often in .net) that accesses the spreadsheet, handles the data, and inserts it into a SQL Server database. If you are fortunate enough to have access to a coder who is actually competent and trustworthy enough to code a custom solution, what happens when they are no longer available? Your data becomes locked in a system neither you nor anyone else in the office fully understands. Custom coded solutions often have the most accurate results, but they are usually expensive and involve business risks and the opportunity cost of occupying a database develope.
Use the XLhub Excel Add-in
With XLhub, the Excel to database transition is simple, easy and fast. XLhub connects to a SQL Server database, creates a schema based on highlighted cells in Excel, and imports the data into the database. After the initial integration, XLhub manages a two-way connection so that Excel and the database are kept in sync. XLhub transforms Excel into a database front end!
XLhub Makes Excel Data Accessible
After securing and migrating Excel files to a database, it is easy to share work in Excel. XLhub facilitates communication between colleagues in a way Excel has never been able to achieve on its own. Using XLhub, multiple users can access your data at the same time, and it never gets messy because XLhub tracks each user edit along the way. To know that everybody is always seeing and working on up-to-date data at any moment is an indispensable comfort of mind. Those who have learned this lesson the hard way by wasting countless hours on an outdated or altogether wrong draft entirely especially know this to be true. XLhub strives to make it so its users can spend more time analyzing data rather than managing it.
XLhub has side-stepped the problems involved in getting from Microsoft Excel to a SQL Server database data and made it so that storing and retrieving your important information is simple..
If you would like to move Excel data into a SQL Server database, try XLhub and see just how effective it truly is.