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Idea behind Lumeer


Most information systems take data, store them, display them, allow the users to modify them and do some reporting. However, information systems are usually highly specialized, doing just one thing. Whenever you need something slightly different, you need another information system. 

Small companies, or even project leads cannot afford this so they frequently tend to use spreadsheets. Spreadsheets are damn old by the way. They originated in sixties. They did not get much significant improvements till today. The most significant risk with spreadsheets is that they do not watch for data integrity. And many sheets suffer from losing this integrity over time. Until their maintainer throws them away and starts from scratch. 

Compared to the traditional information systems that usually makes the user work with the data in the model that is very similar to the underlying database model, the spreadsheet users rarely follow this pattern. In spreadsheets people never create individual tables with entities to later build a report or chart on them. No, they rather start by creating a table that is more similar to a report and combining several types of entities. Something like a contingency table for example. 

With modern technologies we could do much better than what spreadsheets can offer to us. And for much cheaper than highly specialized information systems. We need to allow the users to work with the data in a way that is natural to them but yet store them in a way that is optimal for the database performance, data updates and querying. 

Nevertheless, the user does not need to know about this underlying model. They need to see their data in the form they want. In the form that is most efficient for their use. Also, the users might sometimes need some help with organizing their data. Like an advanced IDE for developers that can underline your suspicious code and suggest a fix or refactoring. We need to be able to notice a bad data design and suggest an automated fix.

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