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Simple Question on Hosting Excel

Posted on 2013-11-10
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Last Modified: 2013-11-13
EE Pros.,

I am continuing to explore the ability to share and control the logic of a Excel Workbook via the Internet/Hosting/SaaS/Cloud.  Presently, I'm compiling a Excel 2010 WB and sending it to users.  There are multiple compatibility issues with users based on their particular platform.

I am looking for a way to host the Excel App. in a Multi-Tenent environment. That is to say, each user can access the WB Logic, input data and view the results..... one user for each image (so no multi-user requirements).  I see where I can save an Excel Workbook as XML and HTML.  I have friends at Microsoft who have said I cannot use Sharepoint or SkyDrive.... I'm still waiting on hearing about using Office365........

Does anyone have an idea on how to accomplish this?  Or does the Workbook need to be "re-written" for a specific environment (e.g. VBA?  C', C++, VB, other)?

Thank you,

Question by:Bright01
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Expert Comment

by:Gregory Miller
ID: 39637081
Office365 will be a combination of Sharepoint and Skydrive so you already have your answer there.

When you say no multi-user requirements, are you saying only one person will be in the spreadsheet at any one time? This includes all OLE connections to other WB, sheets, etc. If that is truly the case, SharePoint is an option as you can require the file to be checked out and checked back in at will. This presents other issues because users will forget to finish and check the silly thing back in which then causes confusion.

Exporting to XML/HTML is to publish for viewing but not editing.

Your best bet would be to redesign and use tools that fit the needs. Access or SQL back end and if you like excel you can still use as front end or maybe a nice HTML interface. Specifics of project are not known to make a full recommendation.

Author Comment

ID: 39637115

Thank you for the great comments!  

Here is more about the design and more important "history".  I built a Workbook that is comprised of about 10 Worksheets.  I have extensive formulas, conditional formatting, data validation and VBA macros all that work together to provide a graphic and functional financial analysis.  I have the sheets locked so that users can only use the unlocked cells to put in information, do "what if" analysis by changing variables and viewing the graphics.  Finally, today I compile it using LockXLS so as to control the use of it.  I get use errors due to compatibility problems.  

What I envision if possible; to host the WB; So that a user could come into the Hosted Site, make a copy of the WB and use it through the browser.  Each user would have their own copy (no collaboration or multi-user necessary IN THAT WB).  I'd like to have more then one person be able to copy a WB and could be working at the same time on the same system (just a different WB copy).

Does that give you more to work with in advising me?

Thank you,

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Accepted Solution

Gregory Miller earned 2000 total points
ID: 39637307
I do not know of any way to do that. Not to say there isn't but it is a tall order.
You might could use a terminal server to allow the launch of the WB and use a logon script to give a clean copy of the master to each session. This would work, but it would be costly.

Author Closing Comment

ID: 39644329
Thank you!  I guess that MS has not elected to do a hosted version of Excel yet that can run a Workbook with multiple users.  It truly is an individualized tool that at best can update or communicate with other individual workbooks.  "It is what it is!"

Thank you!


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