Excel has been a business saviour for as long as we can remember. But since its release by Microsoft in the mid-1980s, things have no doubt moved on – a lot! Applications and software are making business processes much more efficient and effective, the complete opposite of Excel spreadsheets, which can time consuming, difficult to maintain or not entirely scalable.
If you’re a big user of Excel spreadsheets and have spent time developing a prototype that serves your business reasonably well, we can make it even better. By moving on from Excel and embracing our user-friendly, custom software to manage and better control your data, you can take your company and its processes to the very next level.
In this blog post, we delve deeper into the process of converting your Excel prototype system into a secure, usable software solution.
What’s the problem with Excel spreadsheets?
Excel spreadsheets have long been a versatile tool within the business world. Relied on by corporations and number crunchers all over the globe, the program no doubt made data entry, calculations and reporting a breeze back then. But now you need to be quite the Excel expert to get what modern day businesses need out of it.
The collaborative processes that are so important to businesses today are also made difficult through the use of spreadsheets. Excel’s lack of real-time communication and editing causes countless errors as well an unmanageable amount of versions of the same spreadsheet.
Security and reliability are two more qualities that are lacking with Excel. Data can easily be modified, deleted and misplaced in spreadsheets, whilst the user-friendliness (or lack of) can have a major impact on performance and efficiency.
Why is now the time to convert to a web app?
If you’ve spent years honing your use of Excel and continually jumping the hurdles detailed above, why suffer any longer? You don’t have to face these Excel challenges, and the time wasted could be used to grow other areas of your business.
By converting your Excel prototype into software, there’s no filling in endless fields or second guessing formulas to get the right outcome. The scalable nature of custom software means your tech can grow with your company. In fact, we’ll take you far beyond what you’re currently doing in Excel to realise better business solutions.
The user-friendliness of the app will also be a welcome treat for those unfamiliar with Excel or employees new to the company.
How do you turn a prototype into bespoke software?
The conversion of your Excel prototype will always begin with analysis of the processes you currently use. We want to get to the heart of what you use spreadsheets for as well as how the way you manage data can be improved to better serve your business not just now but in the future.
Using these findings, our experienced senior developers will create flow diagrams to construct a new and improved software solution that really works.
Now the back end of your software is mapped out, we’ll build the front end. The interface you and your employees will use will be designed with best practice UX in mind. We’ll need your input every step of the way through simulations, testing and demonstrations to ensure it’s in tune with your workforce.
Once your custom software has been built, you’ll collaborate with our senior developers to guarantee it delivers at all levels.