White Paper: The Risk of Using Spreadsheets for Statistical Analysis
Spreadsheets can be useful for statistical analysis, but when used for tasks they’re not designed to perform, they have some limitations. You, and many of your clients, will already have experie...d the two classic issues when working with spreadsheets: They can be complex to create They can be error prone We don’t often think of it in this way but creating a spreadsheet can be as complex as computer programming. On top of that, studies reveal that 90 per cent of all spreadsheets contain at least one error. It’s not a great combination, given the data-driven way businesses... s complex as computer programming. On top of that, studies reveal that 90 per cent of all spreadsheets contain at least one error. It’s not a great combination, given the data-driven way businesses are trying to operate – which will only get more complex. In this whitepaper we take a focused look at spreadsheets through a variety of topics, including: Why spreadsheets are popular An alternative to spreadsheets The learning curve with IBM SPSS Statistics Software licensing the SPSS way We’re not out to attack the spreadsheet, though. Far from it. It’s a wonderful invention and an excellent tool. But if the only tool you have is a hammer, then every problem looks like a nail. As a service provider offering IBM SPSS Statistics, your clients will be able to move beyond spreadsheets and carry out robust, in-depth statistical analysis they can trust, and without doing any programming. You can test-drive IBM SPSS Statistics for yourself, with a free trial.