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Securing the integrity of a spreadsheet

Spreadsheets are champions in every company because they are the only resource that is flexible enough to keep up with the custom needs of the business. Nonetheless, spreadsheet detractors point that spreadsheets can be innacurate and it would be easy for the user to manipulate data and offer unreliable results. To avoid this pitfall, it is important to take into consideration the following steps to ensure the integrity of the spreadsheet and benefit from the flexibility that they offer.

 

Full spreadsheet integrity (i.e., assurance that the output is the expected processing of the input), depends on five key elements:

  1. The programmer of the spreadsheet's logic must understand the business calculation being modeled.
  2. The programmer must create the required logic without errors.
  3. Subsequent data inputs — manual or automatic — must be valid.
  4. Subsequent user and maintenance activity must not corrupt the original spreadsheet logic.
  5. Multiple user tasks performed on a spreadsheet must be conducted in the correct order.

Understanding the causes leading to loss of spreadsheet integrity also will help executives determine the best course of action to ensure compliance and diminish risks.

 

Reference:

http://www.theiia.org/intAuditor/itaudit/archives/2006/january/the-role-of-spreadsheets-in-todays-corporate-climate/

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Agriculture: A Battle Against Hunger – TechnoServe

Check out this video from TechnoServe and ABN Digital discussing how agriculture techniques such as irrigation is yielding tremendous production on South African farms. This is a great example of how a little support could go a long way.

 

 

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Excelville.com Donates 100% of 2011 Profits to Fight Against Poverty

Excelville.com has officially joined the fight against poverty by donating 100% of 2011 profits to four charitable organizations that the company has identified as sharing the websites mission and vision for the world. Excelville is an online marketplace that allows people to sell, share, and download pre-designed spreadsheets. The spreadsheet is a productivity tool; and what better way to fight poverty than to encourage productivity, which is how we measure economic progress says Calvin Williams, founder and CEO of Excelville.com.

The site offers a variety of spreadsheet templates such as Downtime Tracking and Trending, Kanban Simulation, Financial Management Toolkits, Household Management Tools, and even Games. The four charities, which all currently have been awarded 4-Star ratings by Charity Navigator, are TechnoServe, ACCION International, Kickstart International, and Opportunity International. These are all organizations geared around fighting poverty through stimulating business development and increasing job and economic growth opportunities. Excelville believes that economic development in impoverished communities around the world is the most sustainable way to defeat poverty.

 The company has made the commitment to donate a portion of every spreadsheet sold to the aforementioned charities to support the cause. The site also encourages those who use the site to sell spreadsheets to serve in their communities, which span across the world, in the fight against poverty. To further the mission, the site frequently posts and re-posts developing stories, news, and events on its social networking pages such as Facebook, Twitter, SpreadsheetCafe, Youtube, and others to raise awareness about the issues and success stories of impoverished people around the world.

 The site has also developed an affiliate program that allows anyone to support the cause and make some extra cash in the process. People interested in joining the fight can go to http://www.excelville.com and set up an account. Once logged in, you can find spreadsheets you like and get an embed code to be placed in emails, websites, social pages and other places on the web and help lead sales, which in turn would help generate funds to fight poverty. You would also receive a 8% commission on the sales that you lead through the site. Its a win-win for everyone involved.

 If youd like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with Calvin Williams, please use the contact listed above or visit http://www.excelville.com.

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Excelville Contest Winner – Facebook Insights Challenge

Ladies and Gentlemen we have a winner to the Excelville.com Facebook Insights Contest! The rules of the contest were to develop a tool to meet the following specifications and make a sell from Excelville.com:

  • Graphically displays page performance by Key Metrics, Countries, Gender and Age, Cities, Language, Internal Referrers, External Referrers (all this data is provided in the users Facebook Insights spreadsheet download)
  • Displays this data in both bar or line charts and pie charts
  • Requires no data entry on the part of the user. Ideally the user could download the data from Facebook and your tool simply links to the data source and performs the calculations/graphing automatically

 

And the winner is……..

Excel Accountant

 
The winning spreadsheet is called……
 

Facebook Insights Tool

 

The sales price was a whopping $24.99!

 
Below are a couple of screenshots from the listing:
 
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Congratulations Excel Accountant for the win!

Stay tuned for your chance to participate in the next Excelville.com Contest.

 

Visit Excelville.com to get the embed code for this spreadsheet and get paid for leading sells.

 

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Happy Mother’s Day 2012 from Excelville.com

Happy Mother's Day 2012 from Excelville.com! I hope you enjoy this comedy skit from Tim Malone on Mom and Facebook.

 

 

 Also find spreadsheets for moms on Excelville.com:

 

http://www.excelville.com/embed?source=user&size=468×60&qty=4&data=Marian&cat=&affid=14

 

 

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Video: A Better Way to Make a Living – KickStart

Check out this video from KickStart - its a great example of how the effective application of resources can work in multiples in the fight against poverty.

 

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Excelville.com’s Revolutionary Affiliate Program

Excelville.com's affiliate marketing program is so revolutionary that it makes it possible for anyone with access to the internet to make money online. This includes anyone with an email, facebook, twitter, or any other service that let's you input text. And yes, you can even make money through a text message using Excelville.com's affiliate program. Here's how it works:

When you create an account (any account) with Excelville.com, the site assigns you an ID number. You can find a spreadsheet on the site (any spreadsheet, search results, category of spreadsheets, etc…) and click the Embed button Embed search results associated with that file or group of files. Keep in mind that these are spreadsheets that your friends, family, co-workers and associates could find very useful. You'll be taken to the affiliate page where you can select how many spreadsheets you want to show in this embed code – you can select between 1 and 10 files in the listing. Then all you have to do is copy and paste the embed code (which includes your ID) anywhere you want in the world. You'll need to be logged into the site for your ID to be automatically included in the embed code.  When people enter Excelville.com through your embedding or link and make a purchase, you get credit for and receive a 8%* commission for the sale**.

Here are some ideas for how you and everyone else you know can take advantage of this service:

  • Paste the embed code on your website or internet pages
  • Paste the embed code in an email and send it to anyone or everyone. As long as they enter the site through your embedding or link**, you get the credit for the resulting sale.
  • Paste the embed code in a twitter post
  • Paste the embed code in a facebook status update
  • Paste the embed code in a Linked In or any other social networking post (I think you get the point with the social networks)
  • Post the embed code/link in a comments space on an article or community discussion
  • Send someone or everyone the link in a text message
  • Write someone a post-it note with your embed link and have them key it into the address bar in their browser
  • Any other creative means you can use to get people to enter the site through your embed code or link.

After the deed is done, you can just sit back and watch the system work – for you. Each month, the site pays sellers and affiliate partners via paypal. For simplicity, it make sense to use your Paypal email address (if you have one)  to register with Excelville.com.

Here's an example of what the embed code or link looks like:

 

http://www.excelville.com/embed?source=search&size=468×60&qty=10&data=budget&cat=&affid=

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* Rates are subject to change at Excelville.com's disgression

** The site only has a 5 day memory for your referral. If the purchase is made after 5 days of clicking your link or embedding, you will not be credited for the sale.

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The Spreadsheet Video – Veeerrrrrry Funny!

My wife finds this hilarious as well..and I think I know why.

 

I’m surprised she sat there that long and listened to all that. Great stuff. Keep it coming JBozeman.

http://www.excelville.com/embed?source=search&size=468×60&qty=10&data=expense&cat=&affid=14

 

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Microfinancing Success Story – Brooklyn Taco Company

Microlending is a rapidly growing trend that is helping lower income and poor people get access to credit to start nad maintain businesses. According to an article in the New York Times earller this month, a $7,000 loan could create as much as 2 and a half jobs, which shows the efficiency of how the loans are being applied. The article also states that borrowers of microloans are a lot more reliable than borrowers are with bank loans – something to the effect of being over 20% more reliable. All this is great news for people who don't have access to traditional credit and for people looking for a low-risk way to invest some extra cash.

Check out the full article in the NY Times:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/02/nyregion/microlender-accion-extends-a-lifeline-to-small-businesses.html?_r=2

 

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2012 DIRECT SELLERS Income and Expenses Excel Workbook

If you currently run or have ever run a business, then you know how much of a task it could be to keep track of your income and expenses. You also know how important it is to know where you stand from an income/expense standpoint at any given time, especially around tax season. This information is also key to clearly understanding what expenses are chipping away at your cashflow so when its time to start cutting costs, you know just where to start. There was recently a spreadsheet called the 2012 Direct Sellers Income and Expense Excel Workbook by Robin Miller Tax Services designed specifically to help manage your finances for an Ebay, Amazon, or any other direct selling business. This tool is a low cost alternative to some of the more rigid and expensive software out there like Quickbooks and others. Check it out for yourself at Excelville.com.

 

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