Recent advances in electronic acquisition of discrete data have opened new frontiers for the engineer. No longer is lack of data a problem, but rather, the engineer faces new challenges in productively dealing with vast quantities of numbers. The personal computer and associated software provide means to manipulate the numbers and add more value to the results of test efforts. New problems arise in the areas of monitoring test data during conduct of the experiment as indicators and instruments previously used may no longer be available. Traditional methods of reporting results can be altered to provide increased efficiency, while at the same time maintaining commonality with the presentation format of manually acquired data. Problems of how and just what data to archive must be addressed, and systems must be put in place that will allow required access to the data.