17 Apr 2018

Your Ability to Customize Spreadsheets is Limited

Your Ability to Customize Spreadsheets is Limited

Spreadsheets offer a low-cost option for organizing data. If you have Microsoft Office, you have Excel. Or, you may choose to use Google Sheets. Whatever the software, you can gain a lot of functionality for very little financial outlay. But although spreadsheets give you the ability to do many things, in the end, your options for customization are going to be extremely limited. As your business grows, you'll quickly discover the hassles of spreadsheets. Continuing to use spreadsheets, instead of adopting customized software will sacrifice efficiency in ways that are sure to cost you in the long run.

Author: Lance Keene
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11 Apr 2018

How Spreadsheets Limit Strategic Growth

How Spreadsheets Limit Strategic Growth

One of the many traps that early-stage companies often fall into involves using spreadsheets for purposes beyond what they were designed for in the first place. A lot of young entrepreneurs use spreadsheet applications like Microsoft Excel or Google Sheets to manage many aspects of their business. These off-the-shelf options may work well when an organization is still small, but how well does it work as they grow? The answer is simple - "not very."

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6 Apr 2018

The Inefficiencies of Spreadsheets - Is there a better solution?

The Inefficiencies of Spreadsheets - Is there a better solution?
If you examine the day-to-day processes of many early-stage companies, you'll often find that they have one thing in common: a lot of them use spreadsheets to manage a wide range of different aspects of their business. Whether you're talking about Microsoft Excel or Google Sheets doesn't matter - they use them to keep an eye on everything from payroll to project status to invoices and beyond. While it's true that spreadsheets are an undeniably helpful tool, the major issue is that there will come a day - probably far sooner than you think - where a business just grows too large for this type of "spit and glue" system. It is then that the major spreadsheet inefficiencies - namely lack of knowledge, lack of time and human error - tend to rear their ugly heads at the absolute worst possible time.
Author: Lance Keene
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30 Mar 2018

The Limitations of Using Spreadsheets for Compliance

The Limitations of Using Spreadsheets for Compliance
Businesses still use standard spreadsheet applications for a wide range of different reasons. Sometimes they're used for menial and administrative tasks like data entry, other times they're used to keep track of larger issues like project progress, client relationships, regulation compliance and more. Many organizations choose to rely on these solutions that "already exist" not because they work well, but because they work at all - and because they're seen to be more cost effective than developing something of your own from the ground up. But the fact of the matter is that spreadsheet inefficiencies aren't just costing you money in terms of productivity - they come with a number of serious disadvantages that have grown far too important to ignore.
Author: Lance Keene
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28 Mar 2018

Eliminate the Human Error in Your Operations Management

Eliminate the Human Error in Your Operations Management
Most people think that the IT issue that is preventing them from working is the result of failed technology. They jump to all kinds of conclusions: “It must be a bug in the software!” “It’s a systems failure!” “I wonder if someone hacked into the network?” Any one of these things could be the problem, but in most cases the problem can be traced back to human error. One wrong keystroke can have a disastrous impact on your business systems and processes. 
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