Use the Force to Improve Your ERP (No, We’re Not Kidding)

What does your ERP have in common with Han Solo, Darth Vader, and a seven-foot tall walking carpet? Probably not much. But you might be surprised at the wisdom the classic Star Wars films can offer when it comes to your reporting processes. And with new adventures landing soon on the big screen, we thought it was the perfect time to drop a little galactic wisdom and make you an ERP Jedi.

“It’s the ship that made the Kessel run in less than twelve parsecs. . . . She’s fast enough for you.”
– Han Solo

When you’re choosing an ERP, it’s important to ensure that it will have all the speed and capabilities you need. Maybe you don’t need it to make the Kessel run in twelve parsecs, but you do need it to be able to pull all the reports you need as soon as you need them.

But sometimes you need a little extra boost. Using Spreadsheet Server or Atlas for Microsoft Dynamics can bypass that compressor and give you the speed you need for reporting. Not only that, these dynamic Excel-based platforms pay back with a significant return on resources and available cycles: Eighty-five percent of surveyed users experienced anywhere from 50 to over 300 hours freed up per year when they used Spreadsheet Server. Seventy-seven percent of Atlas users had the same experience.

That should give you more than enough speed to make the Kessel run in less than twelve parsecs! (Watch out, Han.)

“I find your lack of faith disturbing.”
– Darth Vader

A lot of companies have multiple systems in place to gather, store, export, and manipulate necessary data, including but not limited to their ERP. This means information could be in multiple data warehouses that can be difficult to connect for accurate reporting, resulting in static spreadsheets and other methods being used as a stopgap. This solution may seem to work in the short term, but eventually results in a chaotic reporting environment. It’s easy to see how CFOs could lose faith in the integrity of their reported data.

Let Spreadsheet Server or Atlas for Microsoft Dynamics help restore faith in your data by giving you total control over the numbers. With these platforms, you can leverage existing Excel knowledge to create the reports you need based on your business and accounting terms. Pull live, dynamic data from your ERP and connect it to any number of other data sources, all within a secure Excel environment. Best of all, now you’ll know exactly where your numbers came from and can update to the latest results with a single mouse click.

It’s enough to have you saying you love us. (We know.)

“I have a bad feeling about this…”
– Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han Solo, C-3PO, and pretty much every other main character since 1977

While it’s one of the most iconic lines of the franchise, we don’t think you should have a bad feeling about your ERP or your reporting.  But if that’s you, you may prefer the option to work mainly in Excel, which is a familiar galaxy for most. Beyond even Spreadsheet Server and Atlas, we offer additional resources, automatic specialized distribution, and for some ERPs, even write-back capabilities to your Excel reports.

We make it easier than ever to start in Excel and stay in Excel. And that ought to make you feel much better!

Whether you’re an ERP Jedi or still a Padawan learner, there is always much to learn about the ways of financial and operational reporting. But with the right resources at your disposal, you’ll be a master in no time.

Good luck! And may the Force be with you.