The value of using spreadsheets like Excel to keep track and run a portion of your business operation is amazing. In the beginning it’s an excellent way to keep track of hours, or inventory, budgets and so much more. But there comes a time when the demands on your spreadsheet become so big that your spreadsheet becomes a trap that consumes your time and energy, and now you’re stuck in spreadsheet hell.
As an example, lets consider Jim, a property manager who now manages 50 summer rental properties, using Excel to manage availability and pricing. When a customer calls Jim looking to rent a place, he needs to quickly look through his spreadsheet, clicking on little tabs looking for an available unit. The excel spreadsheet works fine for him, but he knows he is near his limits. Keeping track of inventory for 2000 or 5000 properties with his current system is unrealistic, and there are so many vendors that have a large inventory that want to work with him, but he can’t grow his business.
What do you do now? What are the spreadsheet alternatives?
Having a custom web application made is a solution that will save time and effort. In the case of Jim, the application let him enter his properties with pictures, details and availability, and makes them easy to search. He can also choose to have this data show right on his website, letting potential customers see the pictures of each unit with calendars of when that unit is available.
There are many benefits to putting your data into a web application with a database, where your data is in the cloud.
- Many people can access your data
- Have different levels of users with appropriate access
- Data is in the cloud, so you don’t have to worry about back ups
- Your data is searchable
- Solution is scalable – Got LOTS of DATA? No problem
Everyone has custom needs, and converting spreadsheets into web apps is something we do on a regular basis here at Oracast. Whether you need a cloud solution, or you want a mobile app, help is just a phone call away.