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Putting spreadsheets in their place

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When the pressure is on, as it is in incident management – complaints, audits, H&S or R&M – you need assurance the source of your information is accurate, and the reports get generated fast.

Many businesses put total faith in spreadsheets to manage the entire data flow and communicate their critical information, despite growing arguments against absolute dependency.

The result is putting up with cumbersome, at times error-ridden, reporting, analysis, scheduling, graphing, inventory, budget tracking and project management. Add in individual habits, from version control to formula creation; the out-come is near impossible to audit. Fixing a broken spreadsheet is a manual, tedious nightmare.

Spreadsheets are embedded in all-sized organisations. But they can get out of control and we believe there is a way to rein them in.

When faced with an incident, if not using spreadsheets for converging all the critical details, then what are the tools for tracking, response, and control?

Integral’s compliance register application, ICRA, gives the ability to have that one source of truth. Schedule and monitor workflow by company, site and team members via dashboards and emails. Trace issues by category, product and production batch. Attach documents, photos, investigation and close out details to the incident.

There’s potential to integrate with ERP, Production, CRM and other applications. You’ll have peace of mind that the spreadsheet data that falls out is reliable.

Another package, ShareIT, is designed to simplify the process of managing multiple shareholders associated with Māori trusts, private companies, and co-operatives. Often the information is held within multiple spreadsheets becoming unwieldy to keep up to date.

With ShareIT, payments of dividends are hassle-free and quick. Share transactions are traceable, standing up to scrutiny of auditors.

Automated AML checking at the click of a button saves time and effort. The electronic document storage ensures those all-important shareholder documents are safe and all together.

At Integral we are intent on delivering businesses control, simplifying information management and data integration. We can show you how taking your current spreadsheets and loading them into cloud-based applications will smooth business process and take a load off your mind.

Connect with Integral – phone us on 0800 002 555.

Upcoming events:

Integral have been at the forefront of forest software development in New Zealand and Australia for over twenty-five years, much of that time through its Atlas Forestry Product Suite. We are looking forward to the Carbon Forestry21 conference in June. As well as a great opportunity to catch up with clients, we can raise awareness, specifically, on what carbon-related software can offer.

 

Andrew Taylor
Andrew Taylor, CEO Integral Ltd andrew@integral.co.nz

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