Supercharging your business: Understanding what solution is right for your business.
1st Jul, 2015

Supercharging your business: Understanding what solution is right for your business.

By Preethi Varma

Before the era of technology, book-keepers, record assistants, and accountants used the paper and pencil method to maintain statement of transactions. The rise of the computer era led to a wonderful invention called spreadsheets. The first electronic version of the spreadsheet appeared in 1978 with a program known as “VisiCalc”. Since then, spreadsheets became the go-to tool to solve problems since people started using the program for every single need like collecting information, performing calculations and data analysis.

No doubt, it is a terrific tool on multiple fronts, and it is evident that spreadsheet programs have a huge fan following. Number crunching is a piece of cake on spreadsheets–all you need to know is, to use some formula and automate calculations in the workbook. Another significant advantage of spreadsheets is visualizing statistical or numerical data in the most simplistic form. Data need not be necessarily represented as text or numerals; it can be represented as charts or graphs.

Businesses run on data. Data is needed for making informed decisions and taking actions. Time is also the most important factor while working with data manually. Let’s imagine you run a book store that sells more than thousands of titles. As the best-in- town store, you always keep track of all your titles that you sell. And, you have Imagine you have this information stored on a spreadsheet. You are good as long as you want to analyze or visualize data like hot-selling titles of the week or month.

What if you needed your data to work for you? What if you wanted to be notified about one of your hot-selling titles running out of stock? What if you needed to place an order for fresh stock of books to your distributor in order to replenish your inventory? What if you wanted to get your customer feedback as soon as he or she has made a purchase from your store?

You will agree with me, that spreadsheets can be limiting to perform these unique actions for you. There are many off-the-shelf software solutions for businesses that help solve most of the common business bottlenecks. Each business is unique. That is why you need a custom fit solution for your business to ease out your business operational tasks.

Zoho Creator is a solution that allows you to store, manage and create workflows around your data. It competes business complexity. You don’t need an IT guy to sit down, build something, test it and then wait for it to be rolled out to everyone in the workplace. Because, building something on Zoho Creator is as easy as and much more than working with a spreadsheet program. Additionally, you can enjoy the advantages such as workflow management and real- time collaboration.

As a growing business owner, ask yourself these questions.

  • Does your company generate an enormous amount of information that is unmanageable in a spreadsheet?
  • Do you have constant changes made to existing data by different teams at different times and geographical locations?
  • Do you need instant workflow based actions to be triggered or notifications based on available data?
  • Do you need automatically generated reports?
  • If your answer, is a ‘YES’ to all or any of the questions above, you sure need a powerful and scalable solution to beat complexity, manage and automate your business processes. Zoho Creator is the right solution for your growing business.

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