I had scheduled two posts this week about:
– .NET books
– Classic COM Add-in for The Transition Case.
However, Simon Murphy has recently published an article about Excel Developers that I find to be very interesting and also very important. Therefore this week’s post is about this subject.
Excel has been around for more then 20 years now and in my opinion it’s about time to both set and discuss best practice, standards and also single out the group of Excel developers. That’s why I believe it’s important to take part of how Simon views the group of Excel Developers.
In my opinion the presented model is indeed a good start but as Simon says:
“There is a third dimension not considered in the diagram, and that is knowledge of the clients business”
Over the time the understanding of the underlying business processes has become my #1 concern, especially when working with large corporates. It’s not only to understand them but perhaps the most important aspect is to give input how to reflect the processes in Excel based tools. An interaction between the client and the Excel developer will then be possible where the output of the process will be the mutual solution.
For me it would be a welcome development of the ‘landscape’ if the business processes could be reflected in the 3rd dimension in it.