The ability of spreadsheets to do financial projections and complex calculations is unsurpassed. Their ease of use, intuitive interface, speed and flexibility remain unmatched by more cumbersome database driven applications. It is the software tool of choice for millions of managers in every conceivable business and profession.
Recognising the popularity of spreadsheets and the huge outlay in both time and money made in them by business, Markitsoft specialises in helping people get the most out of this valuable software tool and leverage their investment in Excel to its full potential by providing software products, development services and training for Excel.
Our Excel software products are helping people from around the world enjoy the benefits of planning using methods like sensitivity and what-if analysis, simulations, scenarios and brainstorming. Managers are using our financial modelling tools to complement existing ERP and financial solutions. Simply put, our spreadsheets allow people to quickly 'play around' with the numbers to get a real feel for their meaning and impact on possible outcomes.
In addition, we believe the power of Excel spreadsheets extends beyond the office and into the home. We are currently developing a range of products for personal and domestic use.
Spreadsheets - A Brief History
Spreadsheets became commercially available in the 1980's with the launch of VisiCalc, heralding a new era in business budgeting, forecasting and financial planning. Although spreadsheets had been around on mainframes since the 1960's, VisiCalc ran on more affordable microcomputers putting the spreadsheet within the reach of small and medium-sized businesses.
The simple concept of rows and columns, which accountants had used for years to manually calculate financial projections, now took on a completely new dimension with the ability to add mathematical formulae, which calculated results automatically in a fraction of the time it used to take by hand.
VisiCalc was eventually purchased by Lotus Development Corporation in 1985 and discontinued in favour of its more popular Lotus 123, which went on to become one of the most successful software products of all time.
The power of spreadsheets and their huge potential for financial forecasting and helping managers analyse complex information didn't go unnoticed by Bill Gates. In 1985 Microsoft launched its first version of Excel. Since then, Excel has become the de facto standard for spreadsheets and is now pervasive in companies throughout the world.