What Uses of Microsoft Excel would Require Hiring a Consultant?
If you are using Excel in your business, purely for simple calculations and lists, then you really aren’t getting the most out of it.
Excel is more than just a spreadsheet tool. Knowing how to use Excel effectively for your business’ data can help you derive valuable insights and identify key indicators for growth.
Undertaking Excel training courses can be a huge asset to your business and employees. XL Intelligence offer Excel training programs covering a broad scope of topics. Anything from Excel functions and formulas right through to Excel dashboards, VBA macros and DAX (data analysis expression).
Benefits of Hiring an Excel Consultant
Hiring an Excel consultant can bring your business huge benefits. Your Excel consultant will build Excel in a way that works for your business, meaning you won’t have the challenge of learning Excel for yourself. With the help of a consultant, you can understand your business’ most important metrics and data without having to construct entire Excel spreadsheets from scratch and trying to consolidate and organise massive amounts of data.
Excel automation – efficiency is critical to a successful business. Your time is better spent on tasks that are going to have a positive impact on your business, and certainly inputting data (and doing it repetitively) eats up so much time and concentration. Your consultant can create workbooks that perform advanced Excel functions, which can automate the time-consuming and arduous procedures.Time is of the essence, and in a professional business environment, it’s no secret that you’d be best served to focus on important decisions. We are experts in Excel automation and VBA (Visual Basic for Applications) which can be a huge asset to how your business stores, organises and processes data. You can view some automation case studies on Excel automation and VBA macro automation for some real-life examples of how our consulting has helped some of our clients.Using macros in Excel requires some coding knowledge, which some people may not have. A skilled Excel consultant can build macros directly into your workbooks, which can automatically generate reports or work across multiple Microsoft Office programs.XL Intelligence offer special Excel VBA training courses. VBA is the programming language behind all Microsoft programs. Our depth of knowledge has allowed us the opportunity to train numerous people across various sectors and businesses in the art of creating and recording macros, as well as command procedures, variables and custom Excel forms.
- Customisation – your business is unique, therefore your goals and KPIs are unique too. A Microsoft Excel consultant can customise formulas and calculations to produce the most important information your business needs. While standard Excel formulas are useful, there is no need to ‘restrict’ your business to these formulas. Your Excel specialist consultant knows how to dig deeper into the program to help your business even further than you realise.
- Data visualisation – Excel experts design customised dashboards to help you see your data visualised in the way you want. Your consultant understands the processes of data visualisation, and they are familiar with customising dashboards for different clients who need to see trends, forecasts and current performance. The KPIs and metrics are different for each client, but understanding data visualisation is one thing that your Excel consultants know very well.
- Streamline processes – if you could use a single piece of software to perform multiple tasks, why wouldn’t you? It doesn’t seem practical to incur costs of additional software, when Microsoft Excel could potentially do what you need it to do. It’s worth considering your plans and ideas with your Excel consultant, because they may be able to educate you on key Excel functions which might save you on costs and time. Excel can be used for so much more than you realise.
- Interpretation – your consultant is there to help you understand your data and trends. Excel consultancy companies can compile the information you need to understand your business numbers, whether it is hours vs. profitability, profit vs. loss or sales vs. costs.When you understand these numbers, this helps you to analyse Excel data and extract the information you need.
Speak to the Excel Experts
You can see how beneficial hiring Excel consultants can be. Consultancy services can end up being a huge weight off your shoulders. Going to the expense and difficulty of learning Excel yourself is not for everyone, and we understand that many businesspeople struggle to find the time to commit to our several 1 and 2-day Excel training courses.
This is why XL Intelligence offer Excel consulting as an alternative. We are passionate about helping you get the most out of this powerful business tool, and are happy to discuss your requirements. We are confident we can find a solution for your business.
Speak to us today to see how we can help.