Let’s stop developing further spreadsheets without practical Excel training, then start afresh and exceed the expectations of yourself and your customers
Excel Training Solutions
All organisations use spreadsheets to some extent. Indeed it is estimated that there are over 300 million Excel users worldwide.
This proliferation of desktop software can be explained by functionality gaps in the core software products across all industries. This is because without expensive customisation, off-the-shelf products cannot account for all the individual and unique business processes that exist across their varied client bases.
Spreadsheets are therefore very necessary, as they allow end-users in the business to plug these gaps and meet ever changing business needs.
This approach is not without its problems though. Recurring issues include :
- A large percentage of spreadsheets contain errors (some minor, but some very significant)
- Be prone to containing overly complex formulas
- Likely to be very cumbersome to operate and maintain
- Dependency on the staff member who originally “developed” the spreadsheet
These issues can mainly be attributed to uncontrolled development of business critical spreadsheet processes by untrained users.
A further complication is that IT support teams are generally not willing to help resolve issues encountered in business developed spreadsheets – a lack of documentation being a primary reason, but in other cases Application Support teams may not even have the requisite Excel skills to take ownership if spreadsheets are not an area of expertise.
Governance around IT led projects to create in-house solutions can reduce these risks, but availability of IT resources, like other business areas, are not infinite and it seems there are also always higher priority systems issues to be addressed. Together these restrict the ability of an organisation to react quickly, so it’s pragmatic to assume the ongoing use of spreadsheets by business users.
Formal training in powerful Excel spreadsheet techniques allows employees to be considerably more productive while also reducing the occurrence of common errors encountered in complex analysis prepared by untrained staff.
Organisations then benefit from operating from a more robust software platform and accuracy in end-reporting, as well as immediate gains from having to dedicate less resource to either conduct one-off pieces of analysis -or- completion of repetitive processing tasks.
The vast majority of Excel users are self-taught and not benefitting from the full potential that a properly utilised Excel product can bring to your organisation.
Let’s stop developing further spreadsheets without practical training in efficient and control-orientated techniques, then start afresh and exceed the expectations of yourself and your customers.
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