Increasingly clients require integration with their standard office software – normally the Microsoft Office suite of programs.
Commercial Software have provided integration between their own, and other third party, products with the following Office components:
- Excel – the most commonly used tool for reporting and analysis functions either as worksheet views or as pivot tables. Excel can also be used as a client application to retrieve data from, or post data to, external programs
- Word – ideal for presentation of letters and reports including mail merge facilities
- Outlook – used externally for email functionality but also as a client application hosting specialist applications (e.g. Tallypro)
- Small Business Accounting 2007 – whilst not currently available – programs have already been developed for clients to transfer data both into and out of this product