All posts tagged: spreadsheet

Building AI Agents to analyze Excel spreadsheet data and more

Building AI Agents to analyze Excel spreadsheet data and more

The ability to quickly and accurately analyze data stored in Microsoft Excel spreadsheets is more critical than ever. Enter Vector Shift, a innovative tool that empowers users to create AI agents capable of automating data analysis tasks with minimal coding knowledge. This comprehensive guide will walk you through the process of using Vector Shift to develop, integrate, and deploy AI agents tailored to your specific needs, such as financial analysis and customer service, ultimately boosting your organization’s operational efficiency. Vector Shift A User-Friendly, No-Code AI Development Platform Vector Shift is a innovative AI development platform that stands out for its user-friendly, no-code approach. With its intuitive drag-and-drop interface, users can easily create sophisticated AI agents without the need for extensive programming expertise. This makes Vector Shift particularly valuable for professionals in data-intensive fields like finance and sales, where efficient data processing and analysis are paramount. Intuitive drag-and-drop interface for easy AI agent creation No coding expertise required, making it accessible to a wide range of users Ideal for data-intensive industries such as finance and sales …

Use your MS Excel spreadsheet skills to make money

Use your MS Excel spreadsheet skills to make money

If you are interested in using your Microsoft Excel spreadsheet skills to make more money either as a side hustle or as a full-time career. Leila Gharani and Chandoo explains a few methods on how you can transform your Excel knowledge into hard earned cash. In today’s data-driven business world, proficiency in Microsoft Excel is not just a valuable skill—it’s a potential gateway to increased income and career growth. Whether you’re looking to supplement your current salary or build an independent revenue stream, Excel provides a wide range of opportunities to capitalize on your expertise. In this overview guide, we’ll explore six effective strategies for transforming your Excel knowledge into tangible earnings. Corporate Roles: Boosting Career and Income For those in a traditional corporate environment, Excel proficiency can significantly enhance job performance, leading to potential promotions and salary increases. Key roles that benefit from advanced Excel skills include: Financial Analysis: Use of Excel for financial forecasting and budgeting. Ability to create detailed financial models that can predict company performance. Project Management: Application of Excel in …

How good is that smartphone deal really? Use this free spreadsheet to do the math

How good is that smartphone deal really? Use this free spreadsheet to do the math

Tatiana Maksimova/Getty Images Smartphone manufacturers and mobile carriers are natural partners, with a shared interest in selling you stuff. The mobile carriers advertise big discounts and even claim they’ll give you a new phone “on us.” But are those deals legit or too good to be true? That can be impossible to figure out without an advanced accounting degree. As I wrote earlier this month, there are lots of gotchas hidden in these deals. I regret to inform you that you did not win the lottery, and your mobile carrier is not doing this out of the goodness of its giant corporate heart. This is a business deal, and you can bet that somewhere on the top floor of that carrier’s headquarters there’s a spreadsheet that shows exactly how much profit they stand to make off you. … In my experience, carriers go out of their way to make these deals complicated, and you need to look carefully to see if there are any hidden gotchas.   That post includes seven questions to ask up …

How to Do a VLOOKUP in an Excel Spreadsheet

How to Do a VLOOKUP in an Excel Spreadsheet

Key Takeaways Excel’s VLOOKUP may seem tricky, but with practice, you’ll master it easily. The formula lets you search for a value in a table and returns a corresponding one. VLOOKUP helps with data analysis, GPA calculation, and comparing columns. VLOOKUP might not be as intuitive as other functions, but it’s a powerful tool worth learning. Take a look at some examples and learn how to use VLOOKUP for your own Excel projects. What Is VLOOKUP in Excel? Excel’s VLOOKUP function is similar to a telephone book. You provide it with a value to look up (like someone’s name), and it returns your chosen value (like their number). VLOOKUP might seem daunting at first, but with a few examples and experiments, you’ll soon be using it without breaking a sweat. The syntax for VLOOKUP is: =VLOOKUP(lookup_value, table_array, col_index_num[, exact]) This spreadsheet contains sample data to show how VLOOKUP applies to a set of rows and columns: In this example, the VLOOKUP formula is: =VLOOKUP(I3, A2:E26, 2) Let’s see what each of these parameters means: lookup_value …

Microsoft’s ‘Copilot for Finance’ aims to revolutionize the spreadsheet with AI

Microsoft’s ‘Copilot for Finance’ aims to revolutionize the spreadsheet with AI

Microsoft made waves in the artificial intelligence world today with the announcement of the public preview for Microsoft Copilot for Finance, an AI-powered assistant designed specifically for finance professionals.  The new AI assistant aims to help finance teams be more efficient by automating tedious data tasks, in addition to helping teams search for the right information in a growing pool of financial data. “Believe it or not, the most popular ERP system is Excel,” Emily He, Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President of Business Applications Marketing, said in an interview with VentureBeat. “The reason we build Copilot for Finance is we get so many requests from customers that want to use Excel to do their ERP tasks. They want to be able to pull data to make all the identification variances much easier.” “Microsoft is unique, because we own Excel and we can leverage the Excel calculation engine, but also the ERP data to make it easier and more streamlined for finance professionals,” she added VB Event The AI Impact Tour – NYC We’ll be in New …

How to use Excel Copilot AI to simplify complex spreadsheet tasks

How to use Excel Copilot AI to simplify complex spreadsheet tasks

Microsoft has recently introduced a new feature in Excel that is set to change the way we interact with spreadsheets. This feature, known as Copilot, is an artificial intelligence (AI) tool and assistant that integrates seamlessly into Excel, offering users a more intuitive and efficient way to manage their data. As technology continues to advance, tools like Copilot are indicative of the direction in which software solutions are heading, aiming to make complex tasks more accessible to a broader audience. To take advantage of Copilot’s full potential, users must have a Microsoft 365 subscription. The Copilot Pro subscription, in particular, unlocks a suite of advanced features designed to enhance productivity. It’s important to note that Copilot is not a standalone application; it works best when files are stored in OneDrive or SharePoint. Additionally, users must format their data into tables before Copilot’s algorithms can be applied effectively. Microsoft 365 Copilot is integrated into Microsoft 365 in two ways. It works alongside you, embedded in the Microsoft 365 apps you use every day—Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, …

What would Carl Jung tell you to do with your spreadsheet of life goals? Throw it away and embrace the feminine

What would Carl Jung tell you to do with your spreadsheet of life goals? Throw it away and embrace the feminine

Current debates about gender have become polarised. These divisive arguments tend to focus on narrowly defining “man” or “woman”, rather than considering archetypal underpinnings of the feminine and masculine. For psychiatrist and psychoanalyst Carl Jung and post-Jungian thinkers, these concepts are crucial to understanding gender and wider cultural dynamics. A Jungian perspective considers the feminine and masculine as concepts that are not specific to man or woman but germane to people of all genders. They are embedded in thousands of years of history, folklore and myth and their characteristics are remarkably similar across time and cultures. The Venus von Willendorf: keep her on your desk? Wikipedia/Naturhistorisches Museum Wien, CC BY-SA Jung’s understanding, expanded on by others relates the feminine to mythical and spiritual dimensions such as the moon, soul, creativity, inwardness, darkness, chaos, intuition and (active) receptivity. A masculine energy is often associated with the sun, spirit, light, (immediate) action, aspiration and outwardness. The feminine is neglected in patriarchal, neoliberal cultures that value rationality, action and ambition. We found this to be very much the …

Spreadsheet errors can have disastrous consequences – yet we keep making the same mistakes

Spreadsheet errors can have disastrous consequences – yet we keep making the same mistakes

Spreadsheet blunders aren’t just frustrating personal inconveniences. They can have serious consequences. And in the last few years alone, there have been a myriad of spreadsheet horror stories. In August 2023, the Police Service of Northern Ireland apologised for a data leak of “monumental proportions” when a spreadsheet that contained statistics on the number of officers it had and their rank was shared online in response to a freedom of information request. There was a second overlooked tab on the spreadsheet that contained the personal details of 10,000 serving police officers. A series of spreadsheet errors disrupted the recruitment of trainee anaesthetists in Wales in late 2021. The Anaesthetic National Recruitment Office (ANRO), the body responsible for their selection and recruitment, told all the candidates for positions in Wales they were “unappointable”, despite some of them achieving the highest interview scores. The blame fell on the process of consolidating interview data. Spreadsheets from different areas lacked standardisation in formatting, naming conventions and overall structure. To make matters worse, data was manually copied and pasted between …

Neptyne is building a Python-powered spreadsheet for data scientists

Neptyne is building a Python-powered spreadsheet for data scientists

Douwe Osinga and Jack Amadeo were working together at Sidewalk Labs, Alphabet’s venture to build tech-forward cities, when they arrived at the conclusion that most spreadsheet software doesn’t scale up to today’s data challenges. Data science tools like Pandas and Jupyter Notebooks do, but they tend to be too inaccessible to the layperson — at least in Osinga and Amadeo’s experience. “Talk to any analyst or financial modeler and they’ll tell you that Excel just doesn’t cut it anymore,” Osinga said. “Everybody is aware of the need to move to more powerful solutions and Python is the obvious candidate. Yet collaborating with today’s tools is underwhelming.” Osinga and Amadeo’s solution was Neptyne, an app that uses an AI assistant to help users program spreadsheets without learning how to code. A member of the Y Combinator winter 2023 class, Neptyne this month closed a $2 million pre-seed round from Y Combinator and a group of high-profile angels, including Google AI lead Jeff Dean and Google Maps co-founder Lars Rasmussen. Neptyne joins a raft of startups on …