Excel is used for all sorts of things, including budgeting, reporting, reconciling bank statements and more. Sometimes, it’s used as a bridge between two applications … that is, to export, clean and import data between two different systems. This type of process is so common it even has its own acronym: ETL (Extract, Transform and Load). When you use Excel like this, as a way to transport data from one system to another, you may be able to skip Excel all together. Wait, what? Yep. Check out the full article for all of the details.