Increase in adoption and productivity depend on app usability

We are always amazed when we see even brand new/modern application miss on their usability functionality.  There is a tendency for the application to be some version of a glorified spreadsheet.  We think this brings into question the investment a company makes into buying such an app.  Apps should be able to make is easier and faster to do your job as compared to your Excel spreadsheet.  Sadly, that is rarely the case