Why Metal Product Manufacturers Should Show Excel the Exit

Monday, February 27, 2017

Excel has been around the block and it does quite a few things pretty well. Yet for today’s busy manufacturer of fabricated metal products, the virtually ubiquitous piece of software is far from ideal for running a business. So why stick with it? 

Excuse 1: “We’ve always used Excel.”
It’s easy to stick with what you know. Sure, you’ve always done things in a certain way and if it ain’t broke why fix it, right? But while Excel may not be broke, it is starting to show its limitations – of which there’s hardly a shortage.

Excuse 2. “We don’t have enough data to warrant the use of a database.”
Perhaps you think the amount of data you deal with is too small to justify moving on from Excel. But as you grow (and we’re here to help with that) that small pool could grow into an endless sea of figures that threatens to submerge you.

Are you working as efficiently as possible?

You have enough on your plate as it is without searching the shop floor for a certain sheet, bar or coil. Let alone wasting time creating part numbers, BOMs and order cards, then manually entering all the information goodness knows how many times. So using Excel and the standalone spreadsheets that go with it is far from being the most efficient way to work.

Work leaner

But if not, you’re probably already looking for ways to work leaner and optimise delivery performance. The more you integrate your business processes, the easier it becomes to focus your efforts on the tasks that really matter. And if Excel doesn’t really help in that respect, what options are you left with?

Talk to one of our Exact Consultants to find out why it might be time to show Excel the exit, focusing on one key business driver in particular - costing.

Weigh up the pros and the cons

It’s vital to calculate costs accurately to produce a quote that gets the tricky balance between competitiveness and profitability spot on.

Our consultants can take you through the five main costing challenges facing a modern manufacturer. The pros and cons of using Excel. And what a more effective solution might offer instead.

Who are Elementary Solutions?

Elementary Solutions helps businesses save time, money and improve efficiency with the help of Cloud technology. As an Exact Certified Partner, our technical business consultants have all been through the rigorous certification programme to ensure that they not only understand the Exact software solutions but also understand how it can help your business reap the benefits efficiently and effortlessly.

Three things we believe in:

When your business has the right processes in place you’re more in control

Software should support your processes not frustrate them

When your people are empowered they’re more efficient and effective

What makes Elementary Solutions different?

It’s not just about the technology. Of course, the technology is important but of equal importance are your people and business processes. When you choose Elementary, you can be confident in the knowledge that you are choosing a partner who understands the importance of this and can help you successfully implement your Exact Cloud Solution.

We work with you to design the systems and processes that will help your business achieve its objectives. We implement the software that will support the new processes. We ensure your people are equipped with the knowledge to make the most of the new processes and software. And we are with you every step of the way until your business is enjoying the transformational power that processes, software and people working in harmony brings.

Are you are a metal product manufacturer looking to upgrade your database systems and would be interested in discussing what a more effective solution might offer instead? Please give us a call on 07535 260 723 or email info@elementary.solutions for a chat about how Elementary Solutions can help you.

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