Beyond Spreadsheets

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The ubiquitous magic of spreadsheets has a way of infiltrating operations because they’re just so darn handy.

But their propensity to multiply ungoverned for many little tasks makes them liable to bury one like the sorcerer’s apprentice when they’re needed in tandem. How did our ads do in Q2, the board asks, and a hundred ad hoc data sets with varying columns and calculations fan out across the monitors.

As the Wall Street Journal recently noticed, the largest companies in the world are grappling with the very same problem. “Merely” tracking staffing data for technology giant Adobe “can take days and requires finance staff to pull data from disparate systems that house financial and human-resources information” — leading the finance chief to observe,

I don’t want financial planning people spending their time importing and exporting and manipulating data, I want them to focus on what is the data telling us.

That’s a lot like what Frakture heard from customers like Amnesty International, that weeks lost to dragging reporting spreadsheets from various digital systems all but overran the analytic utility those reports were supposed to provide.

No surprise, firms are exploring an emerging family of cloud-driven software that

connects with existing accounting and enterprise resource management systems … [to] aggregate, analyze and report data on one unified platform, often without additional training … “one source of truth.”

Thinking of making 2018 the year your NGO or agency quits burning out staff on reformatting Excel columns? A data warehouse maintained by Frakture bots might just be the unified platform you need to set some unruly spreadsheets straight.

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