Smurf warns of 'Frankensheet' attacks. By John Stokdyk

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Simon Murphy, also known as the author of the SmurfonSpreadsheets blog, warned recently of the ever-increasing complexity to be found in corporate "Frankensheets".

As a director of the Carlisle-based consultancy Codematic, Murphy has worked on spreadsheets used to manage roughly $1 trillion in assets, he told the audience at the EuSpRIG conference in July. "From what I've seen, as soon as you get spreadsheets into an organisation, you get a serious management overhead," he said.

The focus of much spreadsheet research is on development methods to reduce and identify errors, but in Murphy's experience, the biggest risk lies in the mismanagement of spreadsheets in practica...

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