Your World is Held Together with Safety Pins – They’re Called Spreadsheets

Is your organization pinned together with massive, mysterious spreadsheets designed years (or decades) ago–full of undocumented formulas and meandering macros? Many that were written by employees who left the organization? Your company depends on these spreadsheets, but if anything goes wrong–or even changes–with any of them, you have no idea how to repair or update them. As a result, are you afraid that someday some of your company’s vital business processes will come undone? 

Fear not. Tresbu Digital can de-mystify spreadsheets by de-coding their processes and migrating data with Low-Code app development. Using the Siemens Mendix platform, we can quickly transform your scattered spreadsheets into business applications that integrate data, streamline workflows, improve manageability, and accelerate productivity.

Monstrous Spreadsheets Siphon Your Profits

If you’re relying on spreadsheets to hold your organization together, depending on them to  connect business processes and data across departments, then you’re probably reluctant to change it. But at some point, all legacy spreadsheet systems become unmanageable and unreliable for growing companies. They are inefficient, slow, clumsy to integrate, and difficult (or sometimes impossible) to debug and update.

This presents  a sticky problem. On one hand, if you start to transition to a new system and something–anything–goes wrong, the fallout could be catastrophic. To add insult to injury, the feedback would inevitably be, “It was working fine. Why did you mess with it?” 

On the other hand, doing nothing is not a realistic option. These outdated spreadsheets continue to slow your progress and trim your profits. While threats of doom immobilize you, the profit-snatching spreadsheets continue to devour your progress, and here are the top three ways this happens.

Compromised Data Integrity

Human error, duplicate data, and data corruption are inevitable when your operations rely on spreadsheets. Tracking down errors and salvaging corrupted files (if possible) drain time and money while bringing existing projects to a halt. 

Versioning Problems

This happens when different versions of an integral spreadsheet float around in your company. Not all team members have the most current version, which means some are operating off old data. Reversing the problem takes time away from priority work, and if you don’t catch the problem in time, that old data might have already affected decisions and other projects or systems. 

Limited Capabilities

Frustrations run high when your team sees how more efficient systems could transform their workloads and productivity, but intimidating spreadsheets block access. Your company becomes a slave to your spreadsheet, making it extremely difficult or impossible to integrate with software and systems beyond your database successfully. This blocks innovation and future growth. 

So, how can you break free from suffocating legacy spreadsheets that suck the profits from your organization— without risking everything?

How Low-Code App Development Rescues Profits

Low-Code technology can address all of these problems while ushering your company into an era free of spreadsheet serfdom, error codes, mangled macros, and lost data. It does this by giving your users a standard toolkit to capture accurate data and use it to craft efficient workflows to provide useful information. By turning your users into citizen developers, you give them the expertise and development tools to create the most elegant and error-free apps for your organization. 

Now, when considering a transition away from spreadsheets–especially when you’re considering replacing those well-known spreadsheets with a relatively unknown technology–, you’ve probably already run through some of the “what ifs” in your mind: 

  • What if the databases crash anyway?
  • What if you can no longer extract the data you need? 
  • What if you need to add a new process or integrate other systems?

With Low-Code web app development, citizen developers can create apps to replace old spreadsheets while updating and customizing those apps. Drag and drop features mean your team can publish a web app in a minute—literally.

Since the application is maintained by an LCAP (Low-Code application platform) like Mendix or ServiceNow, you always have access to system-wide updates and support. 

In short, using Low-Code technology, you’ll work with only one set of protected data that is synced across devices and departments. Integrations with other apps and systems flow effortlessly. And best of all, in this tech-advanced environment powered by citizen developers, you needn’t rely on IT for system management or necessary changes.

Profit-Saving Benefits of Low-Code Web Apps

Consider how the benefits of Low-Code web apps can transform your organization and expand profits: 

  • One central database with synced changes
  • No more duplicate data (or duplicate spreadsheets)
  • Integrate with other apps and business systems
  • Scalable and flexible to adapt to changing needs
  • Allows multiple users simultaneously (with permissions settings)
  • Enforce business rules for using data
  • Easily generate custom reports
  • Improve security and compliance

When you transition from spreadsheets to Low-Code web app development, your organization will gain smooth, fast access to data necessary for daily operations, decision making, and report generation. 

Giving Spreadsheets the Slip 

When you trade your threadbare spreadsheets for the freedom and innovation of Low-Code apps, you’re safeguarding your company’s future. An unmanageable spreadsheet affects your organization in far-reaching ways. So it’s no surprise that it’s eating away at productivity and profits, holding your company back from the innovations of increasing technology. 

If you want to free your company from the clutches of monstrous spreadsheets, contact us for more information about what we can do for your organization.