Back in 1991, the AICPA released a survey that showed that Lotus 1-2-3, then the spreadsheet of choice. It was also the top database, graphics package, and budgeting tool in the CPA community.

Change the words "1-2-3" to Microsoft Excel and you'd probably get a similar result today. The familiar spreadsheet is still the interface that most financial professionals use to store, retrieve, and manipulate data.

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