Spreadsheets in Business

The Most Useful Excel Function You Will Ever Learn

I would like to introduce the most useful function that Excel has to offer.

This is the most widely used Excel function in the Fast Excel Method. When building planning systems, I find myself typing this in formulas more than any other function.

The function can transform Excel spreadsheets into a fully-blown business software platform. We use it to retrieve data, perform calculations and present them in a report.

The Reality of Your Manufacturing World

Represent your manufacturing business using master data. Link the planning and scheduling system to the real world.

Excel-based planning systems give you more flexibility. Flexibility within the realms of the possible. Here are the essentials of master data and how they map onto 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.

The Biggest Production Planning Mistake with Excel

Excel is the most widely used software for production planning. Production planning is one of the most common applications for Excel in manufacturing. Yet, there is one common mistake that people make when production planning in Excel. Avoid doing this one thing and you will save yourself hundreds of hours of unnecessary and repetitive work with production planning data. The mistake:..

Build a Material Planning Tool in 10 Minutes

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

The Seven Deadly Spreadsheet Sins

Business has a love-hate relationship with spreadsheets. Widely used, accessible and essential to running the business. They are also unsecure, error-prone and scatter silos of data across the enterprise.

Depending on your point of view, spreadsheet use can be a users’ paradise or a necessary evil. Excel is the daily work-horse to over 500 million users, yet many IT departments seem hell-bent on stamping out spreadsheets and migrating everyone to business intelligence, budgeting and ERP applications.

Here at Production-Scheduling.com, we are in the business of taming spreadsheets. You might suspect that we always come down in favour of using spreadsheets for business applications. The truth is that there is only ever one answer to the question:

Should we be using Excel to ………….. (insert your business function here)

The answer is:

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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