Since Excel PivotTables can connect to Analysis Services cubes, and are essentially free to most companies, they are often the default client tool. Where the business need is fairly simple the core functionality may suffice, however even in the newer versions of Office the PivotTable lacks much of the sophistication and flexibility of a dedicated tool like XLCubed. Cube connected Pivot Tables have a number of restrictions and issues which XLCubed addresses, and the business benefit is measured in terms of significant time saving, better insight through improved query and analytic capabilities, and enhanced data visualisation and dashboard delivery. Some larger companies have written custom OLAP PivotTable extensions to address specific issues or functionality gaps in PivotTables, but this can lead to ongoing support headaches. XLCubed addresses users PivotTable frustrations at multiple levels. Some of the key reasons our customers use XLCubed as an alternative to PivotTables include:
XLCubed addresses these concerns while letting users continue to work in the Excel environment they love and leverage their existing skills. Consequently many companies have found XLCubed a cost effective and easy to implement Pivot Table upgrade. See the white paper for a more detailed discussion.
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