OfficeReports: Conversation with Torben Laustsen

Monday, March 24, 2014
posted by Geetesh Bajaj at 4:00 AM IST



Torben LaustsenTorben Laustsen is co-founder of OfficeReports, a PowerPoint add-in that lets you add surveys within slides. His background is that of a market researcher. During the last 20 years, he has focused on research workflows, and how technology can support data collection, data analysis and the reporting of data.

In this conversation, Torben discusses Office Reports.

Geetesh: How does OfficeReports integrate with PowerPoint and Survey Monkey to create a unified survey experience? What motivated you to create this experience?

Torben: OfficeReports is a data analysis and reporting suite which simply works as a feature in PowerPoint. This means that raw data can be added directly into PowerPoint where the OfficeReports menu makes it easy to turn the data into tables and charts.

From the OfficeReports menu in PowerPoint, you can now access SurveyMonkey and add data from one of your surveys directly to your presentation.

About what motivated us to create this experience, we know that PowerPoint by far is the most popular tool for reporting survey data and that the process from survey data to tables and charts in PowerPoint is quite laborious. The process will typically require external software and a lot of copying and pasting. This is time consuming and the risk of errors increases.

By integrating data analysis and production of tables and charts in PowerPoint and by integrating with the most popular survey tool in the world now makes that process so much easier.

Geetesh: Can you share some examples of OfficeReports being used – a case study or just some thoughts?

Torben: Sure. Here is some examples of different types of tables and charts produced directly in PowerPoint based on OfficeReports:

And here a short video showing the integration with SurveyMonkey:

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