Excel has been around the block. And sure, it does quite a few things pretty well. Yet for today’s busy manufacturer of fabricated metal products, the virtually ubiquitous piece of software is far from ideal for running a business. So why stick with it?
Excuse 1: “We’ve always used Excel.”
It’s easy to stick with what you know. Sure, you’ve always done things in a certain way and if it ain’t broke why fix it, right? But while Excel may not be broken, it is starting to show its limitations – of which there’s hardly a shortage.
Excuse 2. “We don’t have enough data to warrant the use of a database.”
Perhaps you think the amount of data you deal with is too small to justify moving on from Excel. But as you grow (and we’re here to help with that) that small pool could grow into an endless sea of figures that threaten to submerge you.
See the 5 costing challenges in our free QuickGuide
Are you working as efficiently as possible?
You have enough on your plate as it is without searching the shop floor for a certain sheet, bar or coil. Never mind wasting time creating part numbers, BOMs and order cards – then manually entering all the information goodness knows how many times. So using Excel and the standalone spreadsheets that go with it is far from being the most efficient way to work.
But if not, you’re probably already looking for ways to work leaner and optimize delivery performance.The more you integrate your business processes, the easier that becomes. And if Excel doesn’t really help in that respect, what options are you left with? Our new QuickGuide shows why it might be time to show Excel the exit, focusing on one key business driver in particular: costing.
Weigh up pros and the cons in our new QuickGuide
After all, it’s vital to calculate costs accurately to produce a quote that gets the tricky balance between competitiveness and profitability spot on. Our QuickGuide takes you through the 5 main costing challenges facing a modern manufacturer. The pros and cons of using Excel. And what a more effective solution might offer instead. And it’s all yours.