Professionals Demand Data Analytics for the Dominant Business Management Tool – the Spreadsheet

InformationActive Inc. Expands its Product Portfolio with New Editions of ActiveData for Excel®
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Oct. 23, 2012 - PRLog -- InformationActive Inc. today announced the release of two new offerings in the ActiveData for Excel® product family, meeting a growing demand for data analytics designed for spreadsheet users.

The first new product is a general business edition of the flagship ActiveData for Excel software package. The ActiveData for Excel - Business Edition is designed to meet the needs of analysts, operations professionals and researchers who rely on spreadsheets to make decisions and gain insights into their business data. ActiveData for Excel - Business Edition includes the features most used by customers outside of the audit profession: joining and comparing worksheets (VLOOKUPs on steroids), data mining for cells, rows and columns, summarization, statistical analysis, extensive worksheet management enhancements and workbook navigation tools.

This new product will be priced at $129, with optional support and maintenance. The full version of the product, that includes the extended features designed for the audit and accounting professions, will now be known as ActiveData for Excel - Professional Edition.

The second new release is a French language translation of ActiveData for Excel, for both Professional and Business Editions. The French version was designed to meet growing demand in the Canadian market, particularly in the public sector.

The French release is the second localized version of ActiveData for Excel, joining the Japanese product that was released in 2011. More information on the French translations can be found at

“Organizations continue to make decisions with data contained in spreadsheets”, says John West, founder of InformationActive and a pioneer in the field of computer-assisted audit techniques (CAATs). “Spreadsheet applications, particularly Microsoft Excel®, are the defacto management tools in both public and private sector. Core operational, sales and program decisions are made using the data gathered, aggregated and analyzed in rows, columns and cells. Managers and analysts are becoming more sophisticated with their data analytic requirements. Our new Business Edition of ActiveData for Excel provides a cost-effective way to work with complex data sets in spreadsheet format. Our clients report saving hours of work in a typical week. This means reduced cost, more focus on essential tasks and elimination of repetitive work. Big data may get all of the hype, but we continue live in the era of big spreadsheet”.

A free 30-day trial version of ActiveData for Excel can be downloaded at: A video demonstration of the product is available at

About InformationActive Inc.

InformationActive Inc. was founded in 2003 with the mission of delivering data analytics directly into the Microsoft Office® platform. The flagship product, ActiveData for Excel®, is used by tens of thousands of users in over 4000 organizations, in 70 countries. Clients include global 2000 corporations, audit firms, and public sector institutions. InformationActive is certified by the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) to offer CPE credits. ActiveData for Excel is endorsed and resold by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. InformationActive Inc. is a privately held firm, headquartered in Ottawa, Canada. Microsoft Excel® is a trademark of Microsoft Corporation.


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