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Volume 31, Issue 2

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Failure # 1: Using Spreadsheets

Nearly all spreadsheets contain errors, which is to be expected with information entered without effective controls.  Whether it is because of incorrect  background equipment data or a wrong formula, there's little doubt that information you pull from the spreadsheet, such as location information, maintenance data, or usage data, is likely to be inaccurate.  Spreadsheets allow for several different types of errors to occur, thereby making it difficult to ensure precision.  Additionally, several people within one county department will often access, manage and edit the same spreadsheet, which can compound the likelihood of errors.

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