Many organisations we speak to regarding Excel development find themselves weighing up the value of Visual Basics for Applications (VBA), and how much they stand to gain by investing in it.
As the principal programming language for Microsoft Excel, there’s little doubt that a solid approach to Excel VBA development is crucial for any business looking to maximise the functionality of their spreadsheets and workbooks. Of course, part of the initial challenge is understanding the wide range of capabilities that VBA offers.
For instance, a professional VBA consultant can turn laborious manual tasks into swift automated processes that are geared up to run automatically at the click of a button. Not only does this custom approach to automation free up a lot of time and resource for businesses, it also cuts down the risk of human error when inputting or mining data. This makes VBA essential for any business looking to ensure the highest levels of accuracy and convenience when pulling reports from Excel.
A robust infrastructure of formulas and macros forms the backbone of any sophisticated spreadsheet. Once the correct code is in place, a manager or IT professional can generate a clear summary on performance within seconds. And as soon as these macros are set up by an experienced VBA professional, it requires minimal effort for somebody less skilled to repeat the same process next time around.
As with any aspect of Excel optimisation, there are several options for companies to choose between when the need to improve processes becomes apparent. For those looking for a short-term fix to solve a specific problem, an expert Excel consultant can certainly help to remove any immediate bugs and errors, or rewrite passages of code where necessary.
However, as reliance on data management and proprietary insights becomes stronger across all sectors and industries, more and more companies are choosing to invest in a longer term strategy that covers all aspects of Excel development. This approach ultimately affords companies greater control over their data, and gives them a stronger foundation on which they can use quantitative insights to inform key business decisions.
As a business grows, so too does its reliance on core digital systems. Having worked closely with hundreds of organisations to support their Excel requirements, it’s clear that spreadsheets and workbooks must be able to handle the increasing needs and expectations of a growing company.
From our experience, it’s never advisable to wait until a system becomes overloaded and errors begin to crop up in budgeting, forecasting or data analysis before thinking about an upgrade. Failing to act sooner rather than later tends to cost businesses more money in the long run, particularly if they find themselves patching up bits and pieces of functionality here and there without ever having established a strong VBA foundation.
If your business is facing any of these challenges, or you wish to find out more about the Visual Basics for Applications development that Bespoke Excel provides, get in touch with our team of expert advisors today on 0161 883 2655.
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