Getting to the Real “Bottom Line”
“Business has continued to be more interested in thinking, in general, than any other sector of society. The explanation for this is because there is a reality test. There is a bottom line. There are sales figures and profit figures. There are results.”
– Edward de Bono; Maltese physician, psychologist, author and consultant
As CEO and Co-founder of Excel4apps, I’d like to welcome you to the inaugural edition of our blog, “The Bottom Line.” As the name implies, we want to provide insight on how to make your ERP reporting, budgeting and planning activities add up easily and accurately – without a lot of fuss.
When Shaun Pendrigh and I founded Excel4apps 10 years ago, we completely understood the frustrations of reporting and other activities using ERP systems. As consultants for KPMG responsible for implementing Oracle, we had witnessed firsthand how users struggled with ERP processes like reporting using traditional tools – and we knew how to solve the problem in a nutshell: Microsoft Excel.
Since its release 30 years ago, Excel has become the go-to application of choice for business users. Excel is to the business professional what paper and paint are to an artist, which is why it makes the perfect interface to ERP data from business systems like SAP and Oracle. It’s just second nature.
In “The Bottom Line,” we’ll show you the power of Excel as an interface to live ERP data, without programming support, data exports, errors and waiting. We’ll cover:
- Basic and advanced tips and tricks for Excel
- Best practices for financial and business reporting, across a number of industries
- Case studies of businesses around the world that use Excel-based applications to expedite financial and other processes from their ERP system
- Commentary and opinion on issues and trends affecting the ERP Community
At Excel4apps, we work with more than 25,000 ERP system users around the world. We also have phenomenally knowledgeable and dedicated employees. In our blog, we hope to share our collective expertise and innovative thinking as providers of Excel-based third-party products that can help you get to your bottom line faster and more accurately – and with a lot less headaches.
Michele “Mac” Buson
Author: Michele Buson