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3 Reasons to Ditch Excel in Your Operations

By Mike Henstridge

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

1. Are you ready to be worse than obsolete?

You know what’s a dying breed? Believe it or not, the PC. More and more people globally are moving on to mobile as the hardware changes, we can only assume that the software we use every day will start to shift to mirror these trends. If you’re running your business from Excel now, what are you going to do when Excel is only available for tablets and smartphones?

The problem is that the more entrenched you become in a version of software or hardware, the harder it becomes to move on to something new. As technology continues to make leaps and bounds, this effect is only going to be more pronounced.

So, if you’re still running your business from Excel today and aren’t planning on making changes anytime soon, where do you think you’ll be in 5 years from today? I know I would be going mad!

But becoming obsolete is only one side of the coin. While you’re still happily punching numbers into your spreadsheet, what do you think your competitors are doing? What about the cutting-edge companies? The ones who are kicking butt over their competition?

They’re not using Excel because they understand that investing in their technology as well as how they integrate everything together is investing in themselves and their future. If you’re still plugging away at Excel, you’re giving up your competitive edge.

2. Human Errors

Have you ever done one of those typing tests? You know the ones – you type out a passage as quickly and as accurately as you can, and the test spits out your words per minute and some sort of score or ranking.

How do you think the average person performs on one of these typing tests?

These tests are typically measured in two ways: speed and accuracy, two elements that are difficult to master at the same time. Most people excel at one, but not the other.

So, what happens when you run your operations business on Excel? Human errors!

Errors mean bad data, and bad data means incurring the cost of those errors. Never mind the time-consuming manual processes.

3. Slow data translation & transmission

It’s a known fact that technology does a lot of things better than humans.

So it’s baffling to me as to why some companies still insist on putting humans behind data translation and transmission processes. Automation means better accuracy, increased speed, time and money saved, and automatic transmission between various programs and applications that give you real-time insights into your business.

If you are still using Excel in your Operations department or have multiple “off the shelf” software tools, we should talk. Schedule a free consultation HERE.