What's in a name, xOverTime?

Michael Lehane - 18 May, 2018

In a world where technology startups continue to make challenging name choices in the pursuit of uniqueness, we took a more traditional naming path here at xOverTime. We avoided the temptation to go with “Datar” or “Xotr” and instead choose xOverTime for one simple reason. For each data element stored and shared in xOverTime we have a time element attached to the data. Data stored over time, ‘x/t’, hence xOverTime. It really was that simple, because data doesn’t have to be complex. After all, this is how we all think about data, ‘x’ can be any data element that you need to store and share, ‘t’ will always be an element of time, over time as the dataset grows you have data over time, just like a database but one that you define and manage.

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xOverTime allows users to organize their data in ways that reflect how they think about their data or how the data needs to fit into downstream processes, but it’s user-driven first. Beyond the ‘x/t’ and xOverTime, we thought it would be instructive to share some insights on how, beyond the name, xOverTime fits within the context of Enterprise Spreadsheet Performance.

As we started xOverTime, we recognized that Microsoft Excel is often how spreadsheet data users in Business Analysis teams and their Managers engage with a company’s data. We also knew that Excel was the default tool of teams within companies for solving business problems and sharing and reporting data that the business needs. Excel is the default tool for data is  true for companies large and small. Every size company uses spreadsheets even if they could afford to create a custom application. In fact, it is in some of these organizations we see the heaviest use of Excel, because of the complexity these enterprise applications introduce between Business and IT teams.

And as universal as Excel is, so is the need to manage the know-how and institutional knowledge captured in all that Excel data. A company’s most valuable assets – business models, reports, measurement data – are often stored in Excel files. Based on our experience, users need a place that they can get their hands on the data, to model assumptions, develop reports for company datasets by day, week, month or year. This need is not just an ad-hoc data sandbox sitting lost on a server under a desk somewhere, but instead is an active highly distributed disciplined environment where unstructured data is managed, curated and reported with certainty by smart folks. In fact, it is how successful companies function; smart folks doing the right thing powered by data-driven decisions. But this environment of Excel spreadsheets on desktops enabling smart folks is often disconnected from the technology stack commonly found in most enterprises. The company’s most valuable asset looks more like an afterthought. Not managed, not shared effectively, not connected. xOverTime set out to solve that problem by helping users own their data and the conversations about their data.

xOverTime’s cloud platform bridges the gap between spreadsheets and databases. It empowers spreadsheet data users and their teams to keep their spreadsheets, along with cloud database technology adding security, collaboration and data analysis with an ability to integrate data with other enterprise applications delivering enterprise spreadsheet performance.

xOverTime’s capabilities continue to grow in step with new developments from Microsoft and we are excited about how data in spreadsheets on desktops, stored in cloud datasets, over time can now take advantage of Microsoft Excel’s Power Query, Power Pivot and Power BI visualization capabilities. More on this soon! Subscribe here to get the news first! Until then, when you think of your data and how it grows over time, think simply and naturally. Think xOverTime.

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