Recent Security Glitches at Google and Excel Macro Vulnerabilities Highlight need for Open Source Spreadsheet Alternative

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With recent security and privacy breaches, many organizations are experiencing first-hand the uncertainty and risk of permanently consolidating critical data, IT infrastructure, and intellectual property assets outside of the firewall. The implications of putting crucial docs onto the servers of large advertising companies has many looking for an alternative solution. Unlike Google docs, running the open-source Sheetster™ web spreadsheet behind the firewall on your own ExtenXLS 360™ Spreadsheet Server eliminates the possibility of having critical business documents shared with the public and accidentally disclosed to competitors.

Today, Extentech Inc. responds to recent privacy and security threats with ExtenXLS 360 and Sheetster.com, an open source, open architecture web spreadsheet solution.

Organizations are embracing the SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) model as an outsourced approach to managing critical business data such as spreadsheets and office documents.

However, with recent security and privacy breaches, many organizations are experiencing first-hand the uncertainty and risk of permanently consolidating critical data, IT infrastructure, and intellectual property assets outside of the firewall. The implications of putting crucial docs onto the servers of large advertising companies has many looking for an alternative solution.

Unlike Google docs, running the open-source Sheetster™ web spreadsheet behind the firewall on your own ExtenXLS 360™ Spreadsheet Server eliminates the possibility of having critical business documents shared with the public and accidentally disclosed to competitors. Showing technology leadership, Sheetster.com is the first web spreadsheet to support reading and writing of Excel 2007 file formats. As a spreadsheet server running behind the firewall, administrators retain full control of critical docs by storing documents in the database of their choice.

Excel Macro Exploits - Tiresome Reminders of a Desktop-Bound Past
The web calls for a new vision. Addressing the need for a spreadsheet programming paradigm for the 21st Century, Extentech has developed a spreadsheet-based scripting capability for RESTful web services. This secure and collaborative web-services solution gives modern developers a relevant and highly productive spreadsheet development tool, without the risks of macro calls to potentially dangerous executables.

Sheetster also 'cleanses' macros from your spreadsheets, giving you the ability to safely distribute spreadsheet content without exposure to liability. When absolutely necessary, Sheetster can be configured so that macro code in XLS files is preserved.Through an open architecture and revolutionary approach to spreadsheet macros, ExtenXLS 360 offers the benefit of the SaaS model for spreadsheets and docs, without the vendor lockin or security risks.

John McMahon, CEO of Extentech states, "These website glitches and desktop application defects are far from being isolated incidents. Time and again, we see security flaws and outages from SaaS providers as well as malicious code being executed by poorly implemented desktop apps. Taken together these vulnerabilities from office productivity products have left customers susceptible to needless risk and loss for years.With a customer-driven development model, Extentech has spent the last 8-years developing Java-based open source and open architecture alternatives to products like Excel and Google docs to address the obvious need in the market for a competing solution."

Free Java Web Spreadsheet Server Available for Download Now
ExtenXLS 360 (E360) was created for spreadsheet users and developers that need a full featured spreadsheet with total flexibility and no vendor lock-in. E360 is a standards-based JEE App Server with built-in Web Spreadsheet and RESTful API. As an all-Java solution, E360 can be run on almost any platform or virtual machine, and on any computer from a corporate server to a laptop. E360 is available in both a free Collaboration Edition and in supported Professional and Enterprise Editions with advanced features such as Live Data Mapping and server clustering. With E360, administrators retain full control of critical docs by storing documents in the database of their choice. ExtenXLS 360 CE is available immediately for download at:
http://www.extentech.com/products/download/ExtenXLS3601/install.htm

Sheetster is the Open Source, standards-based Java Web Spreadsheet Application. Sheetster.com is the Web Spreadsheet hosted by Extentech. The Sheetster Web Application is Open Source free software and can be downloaded from http://sourceforge.net/projects/sheetster/.

About Extentech, Inc.
Extentech, Inc., headquartered in San Francisco CA., is celebrating it's 10 year anniversary. Extentech Inc. is a leading developer of Java integration and spreadsheet tools that help corporate decision makers, developers, and business users maximize ROI by leveraging spreadsheets and Web 2.0 technologies. Founded in 1999, Extentech Inc. provides state-of-the-art spreadsheet automation, integration and business intelligence tools for IBM, JPMorgan, Accenture, Toyota, and hundreds of companies worldwide.

For more information, visit http://www.extentech.com.

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