Excel is an excellent tool for bulk data updating and importing into SQL databases. It may sound unsophisticated, but Excel is a powerful yet simple solution for bulk data editing. No third-party programming is involved other than using SQL and Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) – which are already part of Excel. Sometimes the simplest solution is the most effective.
You can see a demonstration of how this works here:
In this demonstration I show you how the popular KuduTek Excel Equipment Maintenance Utility works. This utility was specifically designed to access and edit SQL Server data which is used by e-automate, an ERP product from ECI Solutions and it is primarily used by office equipment dealers. However similar solutions can be developed for other databases in addition to Microsoft SQL Server. As a matter of fact, most mainstream databases like Oracle, MySQL, DB2, PostgreSQL, etc. can be worked with in a similar way.