The best day of the year

The best day of the year

Happy Spreadsheet Day 2018!

A holiday sure to appeal to some people more than others, Spreadsheet Day commemorates the date that VisiCalc, the first spreadsheet program for personal computers, was released – October 17th, 1979. VisiCalc paved the way for innovation in personal computer applications, and revolutionized the way finance professionals budget and plan. In fact, Apple founder Steve Jobs is even quoted as saying, “VisiCalc .. propelled … the success [of Apple] … more than any other single event.”

The whole history of how VisiCalc came to be is actually pretty interesting (VisiCalc = Visible Calculator), so be sure to check it out.

How to Celebrate Spreadsheet Day

Since its beginnings, Spreadsheet Day has grown to become a day for celebrating both the advantages and the aggravations of working with spreadsheet software. In keeping with our tradition, we’ve pulled together a few of our favorite spreadsheet-related jokes to make you chuckle.

Then, give yourself a gift of self care (because we all know how important that is, especially for Excel users) and download 18 Best Practices to Mitigate Spreadsheet Risk.


About Diane Robinette

Diane RobinetteDiane Robinette is President and CEO at Incisive Software, a company helping risk executives reduce exposure in critical business and financial processes. Prior to Incisive, Diane served in executive and senior level positions at companies including BroadVision, Contivo (acquired by Liaison Technologies), Covigna (acquired by ProQuest/Snap-on), Perfect Commerce and Proximex (acquired by Tyco). She also held management positions at KPMG and EY. Diane believes that by taking a modern and automated approach, risk teams can move towards a risk resilient posture that allows them to anticipate and reduce exposure, no matter what is thrown their way.