This tutorial by Nick Williams, a MapInfo trainer at Acuity Training, aims to provide an example of how data analysis and cleansing using Excel can be combined with presentation and mapping using MapInfo.
There is a huge amount of untapped geographic information stored within Microsoft Excel spreadsheets. With over one billion users of the popular spreadsheet software, that is a lot of data waiting to be mapped out. That said, the capability of mapping out that geographic data doesn't necessarily need to be done through an external desktop GIS software application. There are a few solutions on the market that provide both free and cost-based mapping solutions that operate directly within Excel.