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A Simple Truth About Capacity Planning

“It was easy to see where they were going wrong…”

A short story and a simple truth about capacity planning.

Also a chance to give us feedback and get free access to the right capacity planning tool for your business.

Seven Habits for Highly Effective Excel Planning

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.

Excel Demand Analytics – Fast Formulas on 65K+ Rows

Analytics for demand planning in Excel usually involves big tables of data.

To understand the demand for a product, you need to look into its history. An order history can easily have 100K+ records.

Here is a technique to perform fast analytical formulas on many thousand rows.

Run Macros with Excel 2007/2010

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

Using Text Files to Connect Excel with Systems Data

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

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