We Love Excel (and Google Sheets, and the Others). Just Not for Everything.

By Dean Zarras

We’ve all seen it.

The business unit that’s run out of Joe’s spreadsheet.

The database that drives marketing, dutifully maintained in Excel on Karen’s laptop. The one whose hard drive survived the coffee table, the dog’s really long tail and the tile floor.

The cool new pricing model that Bill came up with last month, who gave it to Sally and John a week later, who tweaked a few things and oh-so-easily dropped it into an email for The Boss a few days later, who isn’t aware that Bill’s got a much better version that he did two days ago on an all-nighter. And Bill just wants Sally to confirm that she’s reviewed it all, or at just least report back that she’s looked at the thing. Oh, and there’s Tom who would love to see the model, but Bill knows he hasn’t upgraded his Excel yet, wasted a bunch of time with Tom on that last month, and, well, forget Tom...

And tell me again where the sales growth factor assumption is? Cell BD76? On the second tab? No wait, that was on John’s version.

But The Boss asked about changing a whole bunch of assumptions. All at once. Maybe the programming team’s going to need to be called in for that. They write some cool macros...

We know your own story is much longer, crazier, and would be downright comical if your paycheck didn’t depend on it all getting done, somehow.

Enter ClearFactr.

ClearFactr simplifies the creation, analysis and sharing of all kinds of time-based financial models, from the simplest home budget, to a retirement savings plan, to the most complicated global business plan.

What do we mean by “time-based”? That’s any model where you’re watching the action play out over time, be it monthly, quarterly, yearly and so on. Because where’s the fun in watching a bunch of numbers just sit there, anyway?

With such a model, you’re always wondering how things look in the future if something changes along the way. Yes, you might want to “NPV” that future stuff... Don’t worry - we’ve got you covered.

Excel and the others are great for “If I change this cell, what happens?” You might even run through a bunch of different values, automatically, in a variety of ways.

But in the real world, everything changes, all of the time. Things go according to plan, and then they don’t. Your superstar salesperson shoots the lights out one month, and then enters a desert wasteland. How are you going to handle that in your spreadsheet (without being super nice to the new hire in IT to write you that special VB Script on the side. Just what is VB Script anyway?)?

With ClearFactr, once you’ve got your model built – way more easily and intuitively than you thought possible – you’ve got a NASA-grade simulation engine at your disposal, ready to really open your eyes as to what’s going on.

And then when you’ve run a gazillion different scenarios (that’s a technical term) on how things might play out – and realize, hey, I’m really onto something here; the downside is less than I thought – you can share the results with Sally and John and the Boss, and give them exactly the kind of access you want – read only or the works – all without having to jump through hoops to lock down your work and make sure they can’t break anything. They’re presented with a model that reads like English (or Spanish, or French, or...), and you’ll know exactly who’s interacted with your plan, and how, so you can prioritize your follow-ups.

Lastly, since we use (warning, jargon incoming) a “Software as a Service” delivery model, you always have the latest version, there’s nothing to install, and your data is secure and accessible from anywhere you have an Internet connection, which nowadays means pretty much anywhere.

All for one really low price.

Spending too much time worrying about spreadsheets...
and not enough about your business?