There is so much you can get from Excel spreadsheets, and no more! Don’t get me wrong, Microsoft’s Excel has its many purposes one of which is capturing information and making calculations including statistics with useful bars and graphs resulting in eye-catching, aesthetic presentations; however, it does not have the capacity to convert information from one report type to another, reconcile entries, or provide real-time bookkeeping and accounting stats, and therefore cannot provide the cross-reporting intelligence analysis that businesses need in order to facilitate strategic planning and make good business decisions. It is not enough to know how much profit has been made thus far for the current year, or how much your current expenses are; businesses must be able to look comprehensively at their business stance at any given moment, if being successful and staying in business for the long haul is their main goal.
Use an Integrated Financial Solution Software for All Your Business Accounting Needs
This is where cross-reporting, intuitive, integrated financial solutions software such as Intuit’s Software – QuickBooks, and Sage Peachtree come in. With an integrated financial solutions software, you enter the information once, and you get to use that same information in a variety of ways to pull insightful reports including, not only Cash Flow Analysis and Profit and Loss reports but also Previous Year Comparison Reports that can help you see where you have been, the strides you have taken, and how best you can improve your game plan moving forward. With Microsoft Excel, you will need to enter the information more than once – even if it means copying and pasting field items and re-configuring codes, it is very time consuming, non-productive, and limiting. According to Fran Burns – Contributor at CFO Tech Outlook, “It’s time to stop ignoring the ‘elephant in the room’ and focus on integrated solutions that enable one version of the truth.”
“The number one disadvantage of using Microsoft Excel for accounting is the lack of its ability to reconcile accounts, which is the most important aspect of accounting.” Eugénie M. Nugent
As a liaison working on the front line bridging the gap between many CPA’s, CFO’s and their clients, I have seen firsthand the dilemma they are faced with from clients who refuse to use anything other than Excel for their accounting, yet require accurate financial analysis and advice from their CPA’s and CFO’s based on the limited construct of Excel spreadsheets they have tabulated. As I have come to realize, many of these clients choose to stick with spreadsheets because they are intimidated by these software; even when they have delegated their bookkeeping, they feel a sense of not knowing what is going on behind the scene, and this unfamiliarity has kept many of them from stepping on board the integrated financial solutions software train. I have the responsibility to steer those clients to the right software, in order for them to be able to get what they need as far as their personal or business financial analysis – which their CPA will not be able to provide them with – if there financials aren’t compiled in a way such that relevant reports can be accessed and generated, and so I have developed one-on-one customized training modules for these business owners using QuickBooks, which has resulted in a paradigm shift.
Microsoft Excel is a multidimensional, multifaceted macro programming language software that has earned its place in the business world and the world in general; however, it is not an accounting software – was not designed with accounting in mind, and therefore should not be used as your main accounting tool. If you are a business owner who is serious about having the right information to help you make good business decisions, you must use an integrated financial solutions software for your accounting. If you must use Excel in your business reporting, use it to configure and house data that you have compiled using an integrated financial solution software.