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A successful business with an active plan for growth will never be able to use the same technologies and processes as it did in its early days as it does in its hey days. With more staff and more business comes a bigger need for compatible technologies that are going to facilitate the business’s current needs as well as future growth.
But how do you future proof your technology so that your business can grow without too many setbacks? There is always the chance that introducing new technologies, as you attempt to scale up, can result in costly failure. It can be very difficult to accurately gauge what your business is going to need in the near or far future, and so often the incorrect technologies are chosen. Often these are quite rigid ecosystems that do not allow for your actual needs when they come around, and this inadvertently leads you to the same starting point.
However there is a family of software that seamlessly integrates with each other that can take your business from starting point A to as far down the alphabet as your business needs to go!
Excel enables you to scale up with less risk
Most businesses already manage their data and finance using Microsoft Excel, however as those businesses needs grow they find that they hit Excel’s limitations. The problem is a lot of people don’t realise the full capability of Excel inside of its ecosystem, which includes but is not limited to SQL Server, SQL Server Reporting Services, Power Query, Power BI, PowerPivot, and Power BI.com.
SQL Server has more data processing power, which means it allows for even greater data volumes as well as publishing between platforms via integration (mobile, desktop, etc.). This means that you can do what you were doing with Excel but now with more flexibility and power, and with so much more data.
Scaling up would be far easier this way, as you could start by building a robust model in Excel using normal PowerPivot and Power BI, and then upgrade that same Excel model and publish to the SQL Server and let the enterprise side of things take over. That way you already know that what you are building already works and is valuable before you make the decision to invest in the enterprise version and scale it to the rest of the business.
Going mobile with Excel
As Excel forms part of a diverse ecosystem of technologies, it is easy to go mobile when you are ready; using Power BI Connector you can connect to the SQL Server, giving you access to your catalogued data wherever you go as your do business on the move.
There are not a lot of products on the market that have such a diverse and powerful ecosystem of fully integratable technologies, which makes Excel so unique. It also means that you will ultimately be able to scale your business quicker, give you more benefits, all while being absolutely fit for purpose the way you decide it should work for you.
If you would like to chat more about how your business can use the Excel ecosystem to scale up your business, leave your details below and let’s connect.
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