Reduce ERP Operational Costs. Enabling the effective use of Microsoft Excel as a front-end to create new master and transactional data leads to tremendous business efficiencies. Normally, this data is entered manually or a custom program is written to automatically process the data - both expensive methods. With very little training and the right tools, Excel users can create single or multiple records, affecting a single transaction or a chain of transactions.
Reduce Training Costs. Workers in every enterprise use Excel as a tool to collect and analyze data. By allowing them to interact with the ERP system without leaving Excel, you can shorten cycle times for important transactions. Additionally, these knowledge workers do not need extensive training - if they know Excel, they already “know” the ERP system.
Shorten Time-To-Value for implementations/upgrades. Data migration processes including data extraction, transformation and loading - are core activities essential to every new implementation or upgrade. Depending on the data, Excel spreadsheets can be the ideal staging platform for the data being migrated. Data is extracted from legacy systems into Excel for cleanup and transformations. After the changes have been applied, the master data or transactional data then is loaded back into the system.
Build Multi Step Processes. Once an organization has defined an optimal business process, it can be very costly to deviate from that process or forget to perform critical steps. 2 Foot Putt’s software allows organizations to automate data-driven business processes by creating data loading or downloading templates in Excel that are customized to each business process. These processes can include multiple steps that might involve many programs within the ERP system. This ensures the user cannot alter the business process, preserving data in a high quality format and ultimately ensuring data integrity.
Focus IT programming on High Value Initiatives. Within most customer environments, programming resources are limited, and when these resources have to stop work on major projects to respond to ad hoc data loading and downloading requests from the user community, two things normally result: 1) the core IT projects are delayed, and 2) the business user has to stop, define the request and then wait for the response from IT. The availability of tools to simplify these requests will free up your key programming resources to focus on other key business initiatives.