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Sonae is a Portuguese company that operates food chains and retail stores. Sonae needed to improve its process for sourcing products in international markets. The company relied on formulas in spreadsheets to calculate costs, but the spreadsheets soon became difficult to manage. Maintaining version control, data consistency, and security was challenging. Sonae used Excel Services in Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 to create a product called PowerSheets, which takes advantage of centrally managed spreadsheets to help users access data and share information to react quickly to changing market conditions. Now, the IT department can ensure higher data accuracy. Efficiency among users has risen, and by improving the quality of its business intelligence, Sonae makes better purchasing decisions, which contributes to lower costs and higher profit margins.
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