Spreadsheet: A table of rows and columns, free for the entry of data, or formulae for calculating actions on those data. Each row or column is said to contain many cells and these cells serve as homes for every shred of information. Many spreadsheet applications nowadays have functionality above and beyond the traditional, offering a variety of charts, look-up tables, databases and more functionality than can be mentioned here.
Regarded as a very effective and reliable means of data management, monitoring valuable financial data, as well as optimizing processes involving frequent data entry and manipulation, spreadsheet programs have rapidly become popular among businesses of all types and sizes. Elaborate, properly constructed spreadsheets greatly simplify a wide range of activities and processes within companies, enabling business owners to economize valuable time and effort, increase the efficiency of their business (Analysis), keep track of different tasks, manage their budget, optimize the planning of future events (Forecasting), organize and access valuable information, and optimize the completion of specific tasks. And thus, thanks to their many benefits, spreadsheet programs have come to be considered indispensable tools for businesses in todays competitive climate.