Spreadsheets are great number-crunching analytical tools. Knowing it’s analytical capabilities and generating MIS speedily with such spreadsheets, is very critical to success of any manager. And it’s successful usage ensures insights unlimited, ingenuity guaranteed and intelligence free from any shackles. And this in turn leads to lean and mean system architecture least recurring costs while maximizing gains.
Here is a blog to sharpen one's MS Excel analytical skills of Baan and ERPJewels users with lots of training material for MS Excel. Though most training material is specific to Office 2007, it can be useful for earlier (or even later) versions for most compatible features and functions. One can download this MS Excel training resources from this link. The zip file contains following documents.
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Now it is becoming increasingly clear that users need liveliness and interactivity on static data from OLTP. This is possible through multi-dimensional modeling available in free-form pivot table or cube structures. As there are not many cube applications and not many established routines to populate cubes incrementally periodically automatically, report-directly-in-excel is becoming vogue. Though most summarized multi-dimensional modeling cab be done easily with old MS Excel 2003, with excellent enhancement in MS Excel 2007, scalability and liveliness has increased manifold in pivoting (multi-dimensional modeling using pivot table).
All that one need is accurate, reliable and relevant figures side-by-side in CSV format for all dimensions / measures to follow report-directly-in-excel-with-data-dict-advantages strategy. For example, here is a baan report which gives all important dimensions/measures related to customer financial behavior.
Here is a blog on a reporting strategy for baan complemented with Excel load clients. This blog discusses various approaches to reporting in Excel and ingredients of successful Excel assisted baan reporting.
WHO SHOULD READ THIS
One should read this blog if:
one is very much comfortable with existing authorizations and semantic layer in Baan (Read baan data dictionary ) technically ( table/domain /field codes ) and functionally (descriptions ) and
one wishes to capitalize on existing learning and knowledge of existing semantic layer in Baan (technically as well as functionally ) and do not wish to invest (or waste??) in learning / migrating /adopting / translating / maintaining new semantic layer for reporting
one is very much adept at using Baan reporting and programming for routine documents and
one’s users enjoy the freedom, flexibility and functionality of spreadsheets (which may be freeware also) for analytical purposes.
there are sufficient Office licenses already with company on PCs with high CPU and memory ( far exceeding basic Excel requirements and which have become norm rather than exceptions ) in one’s place and there is high need to optimally utilize these resources and to reduce the load on servers .
WHO SHOULD NOT READ THIS
One whose objectives are different OR who don’t have any objectives only OR who is extremely satisfied with their current reporting already.
Online dashboards are frequent user queries / reports with set of all inter-related questions capable of being answered by the dashboard under user control (and not the user under control of dashboard).
Online Multi-dimensional modeling, online slicing & dicing ,charting & graphical analysis (thermostat, speedometer ,charts etc ) , drill-down to details for exceptional item etc are some of the essential features of dashboards.
Here is a sample of an excel based dashboard which gives online trial balance in multi-dimensional format with possibility to drill down to details from any database through ADODB.
Here are the links one can use to study , understand ,develop and use XL based dashboards.
While working on analysis services found certain good Excel add-ins available freely. Though some of the add-ins are not useful to us as we already have long established smart programs to accomplish much more than these add-ins do , I indicate the same here for those who may wish to use such approach for their excel integration with their database ( whatever it be ).
Just-do-it-in Excel has been long time successfully deployed strategy deeply embedded in ERPJewels tool of Jewelex. Now there are many takers and followers for the same. One can vouch this in Just-do-it-in-excel. Reasons for this are not far to seek.