Millions all over the world are utilizing Microsoft Excel spreadsheets to prepare their data for map building. Data range from customers’ information, store locations, delivery routes and others pertaining to geographic information. This multitude of data can be visualized with the help of maps. One of the many good things why map-making thru Excel is deemed important is that whenever there are changes in Excel data, they are always updated real time on the maps.
Sadly though, come 2000, Microsoft announced that it no longer provides functions on its newest versions of Excel to build simple maps. Nevertheless, making maps with Excel is still very possible. Since Microsoft made that announcement, people seek mapping solutions here and there from software programs, to external programs, to online mapping solutions. Modern technology paved the way for available solutions to people in need of reliable maps that can be used fast and easy. In fact, making maps with Excel does not necessarily need to be done only within the confines of any GIS software application. There are now many solutions provided by the internet today.
From Excel Data to Ready-to-Use Maps
If you have your spreadsheet filled with data and you are looking for just a one-time mapping, you can try one of the web-based spreadsheet mapping services online. Most of them offer free use of their limited features that will already help you create data visualization. Google Maps or Bing Maps can plot locations, but they are limited to showing one location at a time. So other services offer the ability to plot all your spreadsheet locations on a map.
Map-building is not the only thing that these online solutions providers can help with your Excel data. In fact, you are only getting started with many other things that you can do based on your collated data in Excel! You will be surprised to learn that with your Excel spreadsheet handy, you can also do the following–all within your map:
Data Analysis – You can clearly analyze while visualizing your data and how each layer correspond with each other. You can also try using different colored icons to get the exact picture of what your data is telling
Edit, Share and Embed – Not only can you make maps that easy but you can also edit, and share it with people who work with you on your project. As you share your maps, you are in a way fostering good communication within the organization. You also ensure that the entire organization sticks to the same goal.
Latitude and Longitude – Even if you do not have the data about the latitude and longitude of your locations, mapping solutions providers can take care of that for you through geocoding.
Heat Maps – You no longer need to filter your data from a number of spreadsheets just to get the large values versus the small values. Heat mapping is already in store for you. With high resolution colored graphics, it is easier for you to understand your data.
Data visualization thru mapping is proven to be very convenient and useful in so many ways. You have now an easier way to go thru your Excel data and understand every bit of it!
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