One thing Excel users have done for years is to use the App like a database. My advice is if you are going to manipulate information then use a true database program like FileMaker Pro, Panorama or other smaller third party App. I suppose if you have very basic data needs, you could use the Sort function in Excel. If you are a Mac Numbers user, you are in luck. Numbers has a Sort function as well. This video describes how the Numbers Sort function works.