How does your Excel planning measure up?
Are you getting the best results or are you suffering from Excel hell?
Here is a simple measurement and a download tool that can give you an instant rating on your planning tools built with spreadsheets.
The biggest headache in material planning is long lead-time materials.
Here is a simple tool that gives visibility between a buyer and a factory separated by a lot of water.
Also see an easy trick to connect multiple Excel users on different continents with free data integration over the cloud.
Happy new year! A time for planning and new year resolutions.
Ouch. The word “Resolutions” doesn’t give you good feelings, does it?
I prefer habits -form them and it takes effort to break them. Here are seven good habits for using Excel for planning.
I have demand, on-hand inventory and open purchase orders. What orders can I cover with materials and which orders are going to be short? This is a simple question in material planning. We frequently get asked by clients to build spreadsheet tools that can provide an answer. You can download
Many of the tools, templates and systems that we build use macros in Excel. Some of you will be quite capable and experienced with Excel macros and VBA. Others could be coming across Excel macros for the first time. Excel 2007 upwards has some additional security for running macros. If
Excel-based planning and scheduling systems need data. Best practices in developing Excel systems say: “Separate data storage, calculation and reporting.” A database the best place to store data. Our Excel tool needs to bring it in, perform calculations and then send it back out. The output tables can