Six Things: May 10th, 2022

It's Time to Rethink the Spreadsheet. Plus, Return to In Person Events, COVID Drives Tech in Workers' Comp; The Next Evolution of Insurance; and more.


It's Time to Rethink the Spreadsheet

Paul Carroll, Editor-in-Chief of ITL

The oddest venue where I've ever delivered a talk was the QEII. In 2000, a conference group had hired out the ship, which carried an audience of CIOs east for a day and a half out of New York, then did a U-turn and sailed back. The group hired me to give two talks on how the CIOs could regain control of corporate data processing following nearly two decades of decentralization caused by the spread of personal computers and local area networks.

A key concern was the spreadsheet. Seemingly every person had one, containing data that might or might not be current and that might or might not come from a source that was recognized as authoritative throughout an organization. Basically, every person could have their own version of truth, and big organizations have thousands or even tens of thousands of people. 

That problem persists. But the sort of theoretical solution I laid out 20-plus years ago is becoming practical today, because the massive improvement in computing power and connectivity means we can rethink what a spreadsheet is and how it should be used. 

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