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Chapter 18: Integrating External Data into Excel Reporting
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Integrating External
Data into Excel
Reporting
In This Chapter
Importing data from Microsoft Access databases
Importing data from SQL Server databases
Running SQL Server stored procedures from Excel
Creating dynamic connections with VBA
Creating a data model with multiple external data tables
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if all the data you come across could be neatly packed into one easy-to-use
Excel table? The reality is that sometimes the data you need comes from external data sources.
External data is exactly what it sounds like: data that isn’t located in the Excel workbook in which
you’re operating. Some examples of external data sources are text files, Access tables, SQL Server
tables, and even other Excel workbooks.
This chapter explores some efficient ways to get external data into your Excel data models. Before
jumping in, however, your humble authors want to throw out one disclaimer. There are numerous
ways to get data into Excel. In fact, between the functionality found in the UI and the VBA/code
techniques, there are too many techniques to focus on in one chapter. So for this endeavor, you
focus on a handful of techniques that can be implemented in most situations and don’t come with a
lot of pitfalls and gotchas.
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