Re: Excel and large numbers of linked files

Subject: Re: Excel and large numbers of linked files
From: Peter <pnewman1 -at- home -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 27 Dec 2001 21:14:11 -0500

"Ehr, Meg" wrote:
> Just got a new project, on a pretty short timeline, and was hoping to get a
> little guidance before I start.
> The boss wants me to set up the structure for a series of files that will
> contain specific customer account data. She wants individual files for 800
> accounts (14+ data fields for each), plus a "snapshot" file showing selected
> data from each of the account files. The "snapshot" file should update
> automatically when data in the account files is changed, and will be
> attached to a Siebel database for viewing.
> The boss would like to do this in Excel, because she knows she can link the
> snapshot file to Siebel. Will Excel handle this well? I haven't done
> anything this big in Excel to know whether to expect problems with a
> spreadsheet containing data from 800 files, and the last thing I want is for
> it to choke just as we get done.
> Would Access be a better choice for this? Given the volume of data, that was
> my first instinct, but Boss's concern is that we wouldn't be able to update
> the file linked to Siebel automatically without running a report or
> something first. Is there a way to create a file that would update
> automatically with data from Access, and would also link to Siebel?
> Or, perhaps, is there another option that would work better (without
> requiring new software -- we don't have the time or the budget)?
> If there is a resource that could help answer my questions, please point me
> to it -- I've been flailing around in the archives, Google, program help,
> and the MS website to try to figure this out, to no avail...

As a database resource try
A lot of fine willing helpers hang out at the Peachsoft-L Excel list. I
do not have the link, but if you poke around a bit at your news reader
or at the Yahoo groups, you should find it.
For a more technical discussion try the exel.programming ng at

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