Database software such as SAS works differently than spreadsheets in that data is entered in individual records, and the records can then be presented in tabular format if the user so chooses. For example, in a database of client information, an individual record is created for each client with name, address and other pertinent information. The database can be used to print mailing labels for all clients, identify clients by specific characteristics -- such as, for example, all clients east of the Mississippi -- or present client information in tabular format.
Instead of using two-dimensional cells, some spreadsheets are organized by objects, which are variables with a number of attributes attached. This allows the data to be viewed, analyzed and mapped in a number of different ways.