Import Excel to a webpage
There can be many reasons why you would like to import Excel into a webpage. This article lets you in on your four best options.
It could be that you have started tasks in Excel, and over time they have evolved into a business-critical state. So you now need the data in your core business systems.
Another reason could be that you have a staff who can’t key in data into your business systems. Either because they are not allowed to do so or because it is not practically feasible for them to do so.
Your four options
No matter your reasons, you would be facing an issue when you start considering how to import your excel data into a business system regularly.
Basically, you would have four options:
- Use a build-in excel import feature in your business systems
- Key in the data manually
- Build a bespoke job that will do the job for you.
- Use a third-party app that can do the job for you.
In this article, we will go through the four different options.
Use a build-in Excel import feature in your business systems
Many business systems allow for uploads of Excel files directly into their application. So if this is possible, then this should be your first choice. It would be the fastest and cheapest way of solving the problem.
However, you might face an issue that this would not be possible with your data. It could be because your data is a bit different than what the standard import features have been designed to manage. Or it could be because your focus is on a not so used part of the application that the system provider has not made import features for.
Key in the data manually
So this situation means that you have to go for alternatives. An alternative is to key in the data manually. However, this takes time and has the potential of creating errors and typos in your material.
Build a bespoke job that will do the job for you
So if it is possible, you should look for better and more automated ways.
One such way is to make a bespoke integration to your system. Most new software platforms have APIs that let you communicate directly with the system. So you could create a customized import solution,
Such a set-up will be faster to run; you will not get the manual solution’s potential errors.
However, the price you pay is IT development and maintenance. Because someone has to code this for you, and when your platform changes, you must change your bespoke integration.
Use a third-party app that can do the job for you
This is why you might want to consider the last option: To use a standard tool for your integration. A common tool gives you all the benefits for a bespoke solution but has two more robust features. You will be able to build and design the functions yourself. And if anything in the platform, you can fix it the right way without a developer’s dependencies.
Cognifirm is one such app, and you can sign up for free on this website.
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