Building a Better Spreadsheet
Java powers analytic breakthroughs
at QuantCell Research.
BY DAVID BAUM
If you want to change the world, you need to start with a mission that everybody can understand. Similarly, if you want
to change the face of analytics, you need a
simple paradigm that people can quickly
comprehend. You don’t invent a new programming language or craft a radical user
interface; instead, you leverage the existing
productivity tools that people know and love.
It was precisely this philosophy that motivated Agust Egilsson to develop QuantCell, a
software environment for constructing visually rich models and big data analytics and
applications. Rather than devising a new programming motif, Egilsson adopted one that
animates businesses everywhere: the familiar
spreadsheet interface. And instead of writing
a new integrated development environment,
he appropriated Java, the most versatile
programming language of the modern age.
The result is a powerful end-user environment that lets researchers, analysts, domain
experts, and developers analyze any type of
data in a fast, compelling way.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY THORSTEN HENN