Jane’s department is planning the budget for next year. She has modelled the expenses in Excel. Her GRID document allows her team to interactively explore the effects of major decisions such as additional hiring, cutting travel expenses and hiring that new subcontractor.
Jerry has a spreadsheet that is regularly used to communicate sales results, pipeline status and tracking towards quota to the sales team. However, this spreadsheet is hard to read on a mobile device, and the mobile interface doesn’t allow any interaction. With GRID, Jerry and his team have a modern way to track their progress and a way for each salesperson to see their compensation given their own deal estimates.
Jenna is an engineer. She has built a spreadsheet model that allows contractors installing air conditioning units to enter the characteristics of a room, or an entire house, and returns a list of recommended equipment and setup. Currently Jenna sells this spreadsheet online, but with GRID she’s able to build a modern web interface on top of the spreadsheet, maintain a single version of the model and - best of all - fully control access without any risk that buyers will share her model with others.
It is, frankly, amazing that there is such a versatile, powerful tool that approximately 1 in 5 adults on the planet know how to use! But a spreadsheet is rarely built to be used only by its’ author. Spreadsheets are frequently shared or their findings reported on but the manner in which this is commonly done is counter-productive and kills the spreadsheet's valuable features.
The last few years have seen a significant uptick in innovation in the productivity tool space - the success of products such as Slack and Airtable has shown that there is room for newcomers, and that entry into this market isn't completely blocked by Microsoft.