Spreadsheet server spreads Excel data with a browser

Spreadsheet server spreads Excel data with a browser

Microsoft Excel spreadsheets can be shared by browser with Actuate Corp.'s e.Spreadsheet Server. Users can do their own data analysis of the browser-delivered spreadsheets, said Michael P. Thoma, vice president for marketing strategy at the South San Francisco, Calif., company.

Although important Excel documents can be converted to Adobe Portable Document Format or printed out to prevent alteration, many workers want to run their own what-if scenarios on live data, Thoma said. By centralizing the location of the worksheets, e.Spreadsheet Server controls users' access via the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol, Thoma said.

When a user opens a spreadsheet through e.Spreadsheet Server, the browser's menu bar alters itself to accommodate Excel functions, with pull-down menus for such commands as inserting rows, formatting data and tracking changes. Users can choose to receive e-mail notification whenever an Excel report changes, Thoma said.

The application runs under Microsoft Windows NT, Windows 2000 and Unix, and it handles spreadsheets from Excel 5.0 and later versions, Thoma said.

The e.Spreadsheet Server software is priced at $35,000 per server CPU. A single-CPU copy can accommodate up to 2,000 users. For developers of complex financial reports, an e.Spreadsheet Designer version is $495 per seat.

The Actuate e.Reporting option, geared for large spreadsheet-based documents, costs an additional $15,000 per server CPU.

Contact Actuate at 888-422-8828.

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