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Is Excel still fit for purpose?

Often seen as the default software for accounting, Excel may have met its match with the arrival of new services such as Software as a Service apps including Fathom, Spotlight Reporting and Futrli. Michelle Perry looks at how the newcomers match up


News of a major IT failure hit the headlines in autumn 2020, when the use of Excel spreadsheets in the UK’s Test and Trace system left almost 16,000 COVID-19 cases unreported. The public shock was almost palpable.