If you're storing business data then the answer is an immediate "no". If you're an individual storing your grocery or gift list, then you can use a spreadsheet.
In a nutshell: A spreadsheet is for data analysis. A database is for data storage.
We frequently see customers using spreadsheets as their database to manage lists of permanent data like customers, products, vendors, pricing, projects, etc. In our 14+ years developing applications we have not come cross any circumstance that warrants storing permanent data in a spreadsheet.
First of all, what do we mean by permanent data? Permanent data is information that is core to a business in order to function. For example, a business gets and loses customers from time-to-time but it must have at least one customer. So customer data would be considered permanent.
So what is a better option for storing your business data?
Databases are designed to store large amounts of data. They collect, manipulate, filter, and report on this data. Read our Database Management section to learn more.
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