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    Interview - The Value of Automating Financial Data to and from SAP Using Excel

    12 October 2016

    Hear how SAP customers all over the world are using products from Excel4apps and Z Option to streamline their financial processes by using the one tool they know and love, Excel. Solution specialists Mark Pockl (Excel4apps) and Tim Curtin (Z Option) will talk about their product solutions, which eliminate the many manual processes that finance departments struggle with throughout the month. Learn how, by using Excel, finance users can upload their financial entries (using GLSU from Z Option) into SAP and then report real-time on those entries and finance data in general in Excel (using GL Wand from Excel4apps). Mark and Tim will talk about the latest enhancements for each product as well as some exciting developments on each company’s product roadmap. ancial Data to and from SAP Using Excel.

    Watch the full interview here http://events.sap.com/teched/en/session/28891

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    Accelerating Oracle's Ecosystem: Ever Faster Into the Real-Time Enterprise

    16 August 2016

    Can Oracle and its partners keep up with the increasing demands of customers for real-time digital capabilities? Is the Oracle constellation of solutions—from data analytics to enterprise applications—ready for the burgeoning requirements of the Internet of Things (IoT) and data-driven businesses? For Oracle—along with its far-flung network of software vendors, integrators, and partners—times have never been so challenging.

    Enterprises are working overtime to address market requirements and fend off disruptors, while technology providers are working hard to keep up with these enterprises. Things are moving quickly for all levels of Oracle partners as they race to keep pace with their customers. How has Oracle been progressing on these fronts? “Speaking from public sector, we were ahead of Oracle years ago,” said Patricia Dues, president of the Oracle Applications User Group (OAUG). “We moved into mobility and data warehousing before Oracle had any products to support us. Now, Oracle is a viable technology provider for these areas and appears to be moving to the leading edge.” 

    Read the full article here: http://www.dbta.com/Editorial/Trends-and-Applications/Accelerating-Oracles-Ecosystem-Ever-Faster-Into-the-Real-Time-Enterprise-112752.aspx

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    10 June 2016

    Pittsburgh, PA – Martha Graham, Associate Broker at Massaro Properties, LLC, is representing Excel4apps in its upcoming move to 2501 Smallman Street, the first completed building of the new StripDistrict development, 3 Crossings. Excel4apps is a best-in-class provider of Microsoft Excel-based reporting and data-loading software for use with SAP, Oracle and PeopleSoft. Headquartered in Australia, it has six offices throughout Europe, Asia, Africa and North America.

    Excel4apps’ Pittsburgh office has become its largest, and plans for continued growth were a driving factor behind the company’s decision to move from its current Upper Saint Clair setting to the Strip District. Excel4apps CEO Chris Meyer believes that the new location’s proximity to local universities and the central business district will not only facilitate recruitment of our region’s best and brightest, but also allow the company to become a more active member of the Pittsburgh business community.

    Meyer couldn’t be happier with the trendy 6,000-square-foot space that Graham secured, which will allow him room to more than double his local workforce. “It’s not every day that you build out a new office, and we really wanted to do it right,” Meyer said. “We knew we needed a partner to help us navigate the journey, and chose Massaro Properties because it is a well-respected organization. Massaro, and in particular Martha, have really been great in making this process easy and keeping our best interests in mind.” 

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    Case Study: Tnemec Paints a Better Business Intelligence Picture with Excel-based Reporting Tool

    16 December 2015

    As Tnemec, a Missouri-based manufacturer of architectural and industrial coatings, transitioned from a legacy IBM AS400 system to an Oracle enterprise resource planning (ERP) system, both users and internal developers encountered challenges. In particular, frustration with reporting became evident when Oracle’s modules for Financials were first installed.

    Accounting and information services (IS) at Tnemec began exploring third-party tools to bridge the gap between Oracle and more familiar applications like Excel – an accounting favorite. Discovery of GL Wand, an Excel-based financial reporting tool from Excel4apps, answered the needs of accounting and finance users, but Tnemec eventually sought easier reporting from a range of other Oracle modules. Excel-based Reports Wand, also from Excel4apps, became a likely candidate for fulfilling this need.

    Read the full article here http://www.coatingsworld.com/contents/view_online-exclusives/2015-11-23/case-study-tnemec-paints-a-better-business-intelligence-picture-with-excel-based-reporting-tool/

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    Mr Excel (Bill Jelen) Power Excel Seminars Review - Spreadsheet lab

    1 October 2015

    Last week I attended one of Bill Jelen’s Power Excel Seminars.  The event was hosted by Excel4Apps at the SoHo Metropolitan Hotel in Toronto.

    It was free to attend and all attendees received a free copy of the recently published ‘Mr Excel – The 40 Greatest Excel Tips of All Time‘ book by Bill Jelen and Szilvia Juhasz.

    Why Attend?
    If you spend even a moderate amount of time using Microsoft Excel then trust me, you will benefit from one of these seminars. As Bill mentioned, there are approximately 750 million people who use Excel regularly. Imagine the time that could be saved by learning how to use Excel more efficiently!

    Read the full review - http://www.myspreadsheetlab.com/mr-excel-bill-jelen-power-excel-seminars/

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    OAUG Insight Features Excel4apps & Tnemec

    11 September 2015

    Tnemec, a Missouri-based manufacturer of architectural and industrial coatings, faced a steep learning curve as it transitioned to Oracle, particularly when creating reports using standard Oracle tools. Complicating this situation was Oracle’s decision to phase out its Discoverer reporting product and roll that functionality into its more costly and complex Business Intelligence (BI) Suite.

    In addition to avoiding the expense and training for a BI system implementation, Tnemec also wanted to avoid exports of static data to Microsoft Excel for reporting as had also been required in Discoverer. Tnemec turned to Reports Wand from Excel4apps, an intuitive, cost-eective Excel-based reporting alternative to Oracle Discoverer and the BI Suite that accesses live data throughout the Oracle E-Business Suite. It found Reports Wand builds reports from a range of modules via an Excel interface, while allowing the company to capitalize on existing user expertise with Excel. Reports Wand now functions as the company’s primary BI tool.

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    "In-Depth Drilldown" - SGB International leverages GLWand

    12 August 2015

    In the world of infrastructure building, a clear and immediate view of current finances is not only a benefit, but increasingly, it is a mandatory part of the company arsenal. SGB, the foremost provider of specialty services for the global energy, industrial and infrastructure market could not afford to stay in the dark when it came to the numbers that the company and its many branches generated. As the company grew, it became clear to Mark Paver, Regional Finance Director MEIA, SGB International, that the company was in need of a new, cutting-edge, financial database solution. 

    Read the full article HERE

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    Seminar Offers Time-Saving Microsoft Excel Shortcuts for Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco Financial Professionals

    3 June 2015

    Attendees of free events from MrExcel.com and Excel4apps earn two CPE credits and gain valuable, productivity-enhancing Excel insights, tips and tricks

    For financial professionals in Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco who want to enhance their valuable spreadsheet skills, a no-cost “Power Excel” seminar this June solves many mysteries associated with Microsoft Excel by teaching little-known advanced techniques. Led by expert Bill Jelen, host of MrExcel.com, this fast-paced interactive half-day event also earns two Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits. The event is offered in conjunction with Excel4apps, a provider of best-in-class Excel-based inquiry and reporting software for use with SAP and Oracle.

    Read the full atricle here

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    Advanced Medical Solutions Group Gains Flexible Foundation for International Growth with GL Wand for Oracle

    7 October 2014

    Advanced Medical Solutions Group plc is a company in high-growth mode, having made recent acquisitions that have dramatically expanded its international footprint and global sales.

    It chose Excel4apps as its partner because GL Wand is an easy-to-use financial reporting tool for Oracle that flexibly accommodates change and growth, even with limited IT resources. With GL Wand’s ability to drill into live Oracle, subledger details are at the fingertips of the financial team, expediting inter-company reconciliations.

    When you grow as quickly as Advanced Medical Solutions Group (AMS), developer and manufacturer of innovative wound care products, you don’t want anything to slow you down or hold you back—least of all your back-office processes. That is why the UK-based firm selected Excel4apps’ GL Wand solution for financial reporting from its Oracle 12.1.2 system, even before the Oracle system went live in February 2012.

    Read the full article: http://www.thecsuite.co.uk/CFO/index.php/finance/111-advanced-medical-gl-wand-oracle-45354

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    A Young CFO Takes on the Challenge of Business Partnering

    11 August 2014

    In some ways, Asia’s present-day prosperity is built on yesterday’s textile mills and garment factories. These ‘sweatshops,’ as they were perceived, allowed economies like Hong Kong, Malaysia and now China to climb up the value chain to electronics, financial services and other higher value industries.

    The region’s textile companies are actually still around today. But they are themselves transforming into vertically integrated operations that focus on high fashion – and their financial management is under pressure to change along with them.

    That’s the challenge that CFO Wilkie Wong has been grappling with in the past two years at the Esquel Group, a US$1.3-billion cotton-farming-to-weaving-to-apparel-to-retail Hong Kong enterprise founded in 1978. The family-owned company supplies shirts to high-profile clients such as Ralph Lauren, Lacoste and Brooks Brothers.

    Read the full article: http://www.cfoinnovation.com/story/8645/young-cfo-takes-challenge-business-partnering

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    Looking to Leverage Subledger Accounting for More Flexible Financial Reporting in Oracle E-Business Suite?

    29 July 2014

    Excel4apps, a provider of Excel-based financial inquiry and reporting software, consistently offers practical tips to help finance teams perform more accurately and efficiently as Oracle E-Business Suite users. Recently, finance teams using Oracle E-Business Suite have searched for ways to capitalize on the detailed accounting data generated by Oracle E-Business Suite’s powerful subledger accounting architecture, and Excel4apps is helping provide answers.

    “The rich accounting data generated with informed use of subledger accounting is very useful for financial reporting and reconciliations,” said Gregg van der Westhuizen, Solutions Specialist, Excel4apps. “Our goal is to help finance teams identify reporting challenges with subledger accounting and address them through our straightforward and effective Excel-based GL Wand solution.”

    Read the full Article : http://finance.yahoo.com/news/looking-leverage-subledger-accounting-more-130800623.htm

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    Excel4apps Nominated for Three UKOUG Partner of the Year Awards

    24 July 2014

    For the sixth consecutive year, UKOUG shortlists award-winning Excel4apps, including a nomination for Independent Software Vendor Partner of the Year.

    Excel4apps, an Oracle Gold Partner and provider of best-in-class Excel-based inquiry and reporting software for use with the Oracle E-Business Suite (EBS), is pleased to announce that it has once again garnered accolades from the UK Oracle User Group (UKOUG) with nominations for three 2014 Partner of the Year Awards. Excel4apps won four UKOUG Partner of the Year Awards last year, as voted on by Oracle users. The awards will be presented on Thursday, 23rd October, at Kent House Knightsbridge, London.

    “We were elated to find out we were nominated for the sixth year in a row,” said Dean Jones, Managing Director for Excel4apps - UK & Europe. “The nominations are an acknowledgement of how our products are revolutionizing the way finance professionals report data out of the Oracle EBS. We greatly appreciate this recognition from UKOUG, and we are adding resources to this region to help continue the growth and support for our products.”

    Read the full article: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/excel4apps-nominated-three-ukoug-partner-091200581.html

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    Excel4apps Continues MEA Growth Trajectory with Two New Hires

    21 July 2014

    Excel4apps, a provider of best-in-class Excel-based reporting software for use with SAP and Oracle, has announced the key personnel appointments of Anthony de Richelieu as Sales Manager for the Middle East region, and Sarah Chalmers as Marketing Coordinator for the Middle East & Africa (MEA).  

    The new hires are another indication of Excel4apps’ impressive recent growth in MEA, the company’s fastest growing region in terms of revenue for 2012 and 2013.  

    “Our popular GL Wand solution, which allows finance professionals to pull real-time Oracle and SAP general ledger data simply and securely into Excel, is seeing strong success in MEA,” said Richard Savill, Director of Sales − Middle East & Indian Subcontinent, for Excel4apps. “Last year, MEA’s success played an important role in our 74% global staff growth. We are thrilled to continue this impressive trajectory with the addition of these two dynamic individuals to our team,” he added.

    Read the full article Excel4apps Continues MEA Growth Trajectory with Two New Hires

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    Spreadsheet Surrender: How to Make Most of an Imperfect Tool

    15 July 2014

     Of the 20 or so exhibition booths at the recent 5th CFO Innovation Asia Forum in Singapore, one of the most visited by the 300 or so finance executives in attendance was that of Excel4Apps.  

    “And we didn’t even raffle off an iPad,” says Wilhelm Hamman, Managing Director, Asia Pacific, of the Australia-based company. Excel4Apps has developed a connector that allows users to extract and update real-time ledger data from the Oracle or SAP ERP system into Excel and then generate custom reports without tampering with the underlying information.  

    It just shows how strongly rooted the spreadsheet remains in financial management, even in this era of business intelligence, analytics, dashboarding and other automation-based enterprise software.

    Read Full Article - Spreadsheet Surrender: How to Make Most of an Imperfect Tool

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    Excel4apps and IQX Business Solutions introduces Reports Wand to Suite of Fast and Flexible Excel-Based Reporting Tools for SAP®

    3 July 2014

    Reports Wand eliminates the need to continuously re-export data by offering live, direct Excel-based access to all SAP modules. IQX Business Solutions, exclusive distributor for Excel4apps SAP Products in Australia, launched Reports Wand in Sydney last week.

    Excel4apps and IQX Business Solutions are pleased to announce the release of Reports Wand, a solution for creating Excel-based reports from a range of functional areas, or modules, in SAP. Reports Wand for SAP is used on its own or as a complement to Excel4apps’ flagship GL Wand solution, which produces financial reports via an Excel-based interface to live data from SAP Financials. The products are built on the Excel4apps philosophy of easy, accurate access to ERP system data.

    “Our customers love the simplicity and self-sufficiency offered by GL Wand and the introduction of Reports Wand extends these benefits to all ERP users.” Dave Cole, Sales and Marketing Director, IQX Business Solutions. “With its ability to drill down into SAP data sources outside SAP Financials, Reports Wand opens a universe of new possibilities for developing highly customized reports, while better leveraging an SAP investment,” said Grant Peterson, Excel4apps’ SAP product manager. “It’s a powerful combination—to use SAP query ability for accessing data anywhere in the ERP system and to capitalize on Excel’s strength as an interface and report creation tool. Because data is refreshable in existing reports, there is no need to reformat a report each time new data is added.”

    For the full article click here: 

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    Excel4apps Provides Real-Time Financial Reporting in Excel

    26 June 2014

    Powerful, Excel-based financial reporting solutions for Oracle E-Business Suite and SAP users

    Improve your finance team’s productivity with the award winning Excel4apps solutions (GL Wand, Reports Wand and Budget Wand). Designed for finance professional these products easily and securely deliver real-time ERP data using Microsoft Excel to save reporting time and effort. User can link their existing management and financial reports directly to their live ERP data allowing for faster month ends. Another great feature of GL Wand is the ability for users to drill down to transactional data as simply as double-click. “There has been a clear need for our reporting solutions in the Hong Kong market, with Excel4apps winning significant business there, and we have responded by increasing our commitment to that market with the hiring of key personnel like Raymond Mak as Sales Manager to serve Hong Kong and Greater China and the signing of new partners in the region,” said Michele Buson, CEO of Excel4apps.

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    IQX named top Excel4apps APAC regional partner

    23 April 2014

    For the third year running, IQX Business Solutions has been presented the 2013 Partner of the Year award for the Asia-Pacific region by Excel4apps, a provider of Excel-based inquiry and reporting software.

    IQX received the award for generating the most revenue of any Excel4apps partner in the region.

    "It is a privilege to work with partners like IQX who are a major reason why Excel4apps experienced another year of more than 40 percent growth in 2013," said Wilhelm Hamman, managing director for Excel4apps in the APAC region. 

    Read the full story at http://www.insidesap.com.au/Market-Insights/iqx-named-top-excel4apps-apac-regional-partner

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    Excel4apps Announces Second Year of 40+% Revenue Growth

    25 February 2014

    Increases investment in ‘fanatical’ customer support with staff growth, appointment of Global Head of Support with strong ERP system background

    RALEIGH, NC  (February 19, 2014) –  Excel4apps, a provider of best-in-class Excel-based inquiry and reporting software for use with SAP and Oracle, has announced top-line revenue growth of more than 40% for the second consecutive year. In addition, with 74% staff growth in 2013, the company announced the appointment of Todd Herbay as Global Head of Support, located in the company’s Pittsburgh, Pa., office.

    “With another year of impressive growth fueled by great products and support, we are proud to announce the expansion of our team as we continue our commitment to fanatical support for customers around the world,” said Shaun Pendrigh, Director of Development & Support and Co-Founder of Excel4apps. “We are excited to welcome Todd Herbay, who brings extensive experience streamlining business processes through application of software technologies and LEAN Six Sigma tools and principles.”

    During the financial year ending 31 December 2013, Excel4apps achieved annual revenue growth of 41%, compared with 48% last year. “We are on a mission to empower end user reporting and eliminate time-wasting tools and processes. Our results, driven by customer acceptance for our products, show that we are making great progress,” said Michele Buson, CEO and Co-Founder, Excel4apps.

    For the full article click here: Excel4apps Announces Second Year of 40+% Revenue Growth

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    Extending SAP Value, Speeding Access With New Tools

    7 October 2013

    A lengthy process for data retrieval

    An SAP user since 2006, Purcell Systems found over time that financial reporting from its big ERP system was inefficient, especially as managers began to request more information more quickly. Based in Spokane Valley, Wash., with international subsidiaries, Purcell manufactures thermally-managed outdoor electronic equipment enclosures. By 2012, the company seriously needed a way to expedite both ad-hoc and standard financial reporting processes.

    “We had no real financial reporting capability within SAP,” explained Kevin Lybbert, senior cost/SAP analyst at Purcell Systems. “To access the necessary data, someone had to drop SAP information into Excel and then create the report. If any data changed, we had to go through all those steps again to make sure everyone was looking at the same numbers.”

    Standard SAP reports did not provide financial data in the way Purcell needed it to appear, according to Patty Bordelon, global controller for Purcell Systems. The finance and accounting team was unable to consolidate financial statements properly in SAP, and both ad hoc and standard monthly and year-end closing reports were also an issue.

    For the full article click here: Extending SAP Value, Speeding Access With New Tools

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    Excel4apps Collects Multiple Nominations in 2013 UKOUG Partner of the Year Awards

    24 July 2013

    UKOUG once again shortlists award-winning Excel4apps in races to be decided by Oracle users before the voting deadline on 13(th) September

    Excel4apps, an Oracle Gold Partner and provider of best-in-class Excel-based inquiry and reporting software for use with Oracle and other applications, is pleased to announce that it has been shortlisted for four Partner of the Year Awards from the UK Oracle User Group (UKOUG). Excel4apps won four Partner of the Year Awards last year from the UKOUG.

    For the full article click here: http://online.wsj.com/article/PR-CO-20130716-902378.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

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    SAPinsider - Integrate Microsoft Excel Within Your SAP Environment for Seamless, Real-Time Reporting & Analysis

    11 April 2013

    To make it easier to format and slice and dice data, many financial users manually cut and paste information from a data warehouse into a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet. Excel is often more intuitive for them than other reporting tools, and its familiar formatting capabilities and robust functionality support effective communication and easy calculations and modeling of financial data.

    Even after an ERP implementation and the introduction of new reporting tools and capabilities, many financial users still prefer to use Excel as a front-end interface for structuring reports and manipulating data into a useful format. However, getting the necessary data from SAP systems into Excel can be a timeconsuming, multi-step process that requires help from the IT department, which must program queries for extracting the data and putting it in a data warehouse. Afterward, users must push the data a step further from the warehouse into Excel. Ad hoc report requests like these can become particularly demanding and time consuming for both the finance users and IT, and the more IT falls behind, the longer it takes for the finance department to receive the reports they need.

    For the full article click here: Integrate Microsoft Excel Within Your SAP Environment for Seamless, Real-Time Reporting & Analysis

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    The Business Finance Awards 2013

    13 December 2012

    The shortlist is out!

    The Business Finance Awards 2013 is the leading Awards for UK Finance Directors, their teams, and their suppliers. Via an extensive judging process, the awards will recognise individuals, teams and businesses that have demonstrated success and innovation over the last 12 months.

    The Business Finance Awards 2013 is much more than just another networking opportunity. It will be a celebration of the role that finance plays in UK business and acknowledge those who have excelled in these four areas:
    - Individual heads of finance
    - Finance teams from across the private and public sector
    - Key suppliers to the finance function
    - Annual reports

    The Business Finance Awards 2013 will assemble an exclusive audience of senior financial professionals within UK business and the public sector.

    Read more here...

    View the finalists here (Excel4apps is listed under the Software Product of the Year)

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    Oracle Applications Users Group Announces 2013 Participants in Star Partner Program

    12 December 2012

    ATLANTA – Dec. 12, 2012 - The Oracle Applications Users Group (OAUG), the world’s largest user knowledgebase for Oracle Applications users, announced the associate member organizations participating in the 2013 OAUG Star Partner Program, which connects providers of related products and solutions with Oracle Applications users throughout the year.

    OAUG Star Partners in 2013 include: EiS Technologies, Excel4apps, IBM and Noetix as Five-Star partners; IT Convergence and eprentise as Four-Star partners and Chain-Sys, Core Services Corp., Global Software, Informatica, More4Apps, O2Works, ROLTA and Solution Beacon as Three-Star partners. In addition, 19 other organizations are participating in the program at the Two-Star Elite, Two-Star and Rising-Star levels.

    The Star Partner Program is designed to enable participating organizations to promote their products and services to help Oracle Applications users enhance their productivity, while OAUG members are educated about the latest solutions and trends from some of the industry’s top suppliers and consultants.

    Throughout the year, the program provides a forum to increase visibility, recognition and connections with the entire OAUG membership through a variety of channels, including conference participation, educational webinars, interactive networking opportunities, sponsorships and publications such as OAUG Insight magazine and the OAUG Buyer’s Guide.

    “The OAUG Star Partner program is mutually beneficial for both technology vendors and the OAUG end users, offering a resourceful way for participating organizations to relay their message to a receptive and fitting audience throughout the year,” said Mark Clark, president of the OAUG.

    About Oracle Applications Users Group (OAUG)
    Founded in 1990, the Oracle Applications Users Group (OAUG) is the world’s largest user knowledgebase for Oracle Applications users. The organization serves as an advocate to Oracle Corp. for companies worldwide and represents users of more than 65 Oracle Applications products including Oracle Fusion Applications, Oracle E-Business Suite, Oracle’s Agile, Oracle Hyperion, Oracle’s Primavera EPPM, Oracle Communications, Oracle's Customer Experience including Oracle CRM On Demand and Oracle’s Siebel CRM, and others. The OAUG provides its members with education, networking and support via a wide range of activities and forums including conferences, publications, special interest groups and online communities.
    For more information about the OAUG, visit the website at oaug.org.

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    Avoid Pitfalls in Oracle R12 Upgrades with Excel-Based Financial Reporting Alternative

    31 October 2012

    OracleScene - Autumn 12

    User acceptance and limited staff are among the top five risks in ERP upgrades, according to a recent survey. With that in mind, finance users and information technology (IT) professionals involved in upgrading Oracle E-Business Suite (EBS) to Release 12 (R12) should prepare for significant differences in General Ledger (GL) reporting in the absence of Oracle’s Client Application Desktop Integrator (ADI). The same holds true with desktop upgrades to Microsoft Excel 2007 or 2010 , where this has been known to cause Client ADI compatibility issues.

    Used for years to produce ad-hoc Financial Statement Generator (FSG) reports, Client ADI was replaced in R12 by two browser-based applications: Web ADI and Report Manager for publishing FSGs into Excel. As financial professionals explore these new applications, they discover gaps with the familiar Client ADI functionality – gaps that could eventually place additional demands on IT resources already stressed by an ERP upgrade and testing. Many financial professionals who have used the new applications are considering an Excel-based alternative for filling those gaps so that comparable or improved functionality exists after an R12 upgrade, with minimal impacts on the IT staff.

    Download the article in a pdf here: Avoid Pitfalls in Oracle R12 Upgrades with Excel-Based Financial Reporting Alternative


    View the article, online, on page 26 of OracleScene - Autumn 12

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    Avista Empowers Decision making with GL Wand Reporting Tool

    26 September 2012

    At Avista, a publicly traded utility headquartered in Spokane, WA, finance and accounting personnel identified the need to improve and accelerate reporting and analysis from their Oracle E-Business Suite environment. A particular area of focus was variance reporting, where Avista’s dynamic and fast moving business environment requires fast, flexible real time reports. To address this need, the company implemented GL Wand, an Excel-based reporting tool from Excel4apps that allows users to easily create, edit and publish finance spreadsheets and reports without IT assistance and with very little training. Because it was developed exclusively for Oracle Financials, GL Wand is easily integrated with that product and is simple to install and maintain.

    To view the full article scroll to the bottom of this page: Avista Empowers Decision making with GL Wand Reporting Tool
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    Excel4apps Featured in OAUG 2012 Buyer's Guide

    20 September 2012

    Frustrated by Losing Client ADI with Migration to Oracle E-Business Suite R12 or Excel 2007?

    As organizations consider upgrading to Oracle E-Business Suite (EBS) Release 12 or MS Excel 2007, they face a dilemma in how to avoid interruptions in reporting from the General Ledger (GL) without Oracle’s Client Application Desktop Integrator (ADI). Used for years to produce ad-hoc Financial Statement Generator (FSG) reports, Client ADI was replaced in R12 by two browser-based applications: Web ADI and Report Manager for publishing FSGs into Excel. As financial professionals explore these new applications, they discover gaps with the familiar Client ADI functionality, leading them to consider reporting alternatives.

    View the full article online here:  Frustrated by Losing Client ADI with Migration to Oracle E-Business Suite R12 or Excel 2007? or download the pdf

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    Excel4apps Goes for Another Gold from Oracle Users in 2012 UKOUG Partner of the Year Awards

    1 August 2012

    Excel4apps shortlisted in four categories to be decided by users of Oracle software before the voting deadline on 10th September

    Staffordshire, UK,  (20th July 2012) – Excel4apps, an Oracle Gold Partner and provider of best-in-class Excel-based reporting software for use with Oracle and other applications, is pleased to announce that it has been shortlisted for four Partner of the Year Awards from the UK Oracle User Group (UKOUG).  The awards are chosen by Oracle end users to reward organisations that have given the best service and contribution to customers over the past 12 months. Oracle users are encouraged to vote for their preferred Partners in Gold, Silver and Bronze positions. 

    "We are extremely honoured to have been recognised in four categories this year, including Independent Software Vendor, where we have received the prestigious Gold Award the last two years," said Dean Jones, Managing Director UK & Europe, for Excel4apps. "Being shortlisted for these awards represents an incredible validation that Excel4apps sets the standard in the industry with the unique capabilities of GL Wand, our flagship Excel-based reporting tool, and our other Oracle products, as well as our dedicated development and service teams. This recognition is thoroughly deserved for our hardworking teams and my fingers are crossed for the final results later in the year."

    Read the full article here: 
    Excel4apps Goes for Another Gold from Oracle Users in 2012 UKOUG Partner of the Year Awards

  • OAUG Insight Summer 2012 - R12 Reporting Gaps

    Filling Oracle R12 Reporting Gaps with Excel-Based Alternatives

    16 July 2012

    Excel-based financial reporting solutions, like GL Wand from Excel4apps, are an attractive option for those looking to fill reporting gaps left from the R12 upgrade, both from a price and user acceptance standpoint.

    Many organizations embarking on or contemplating an upgrade to Oracle E-Business Suite (EBS) Release 12.1 (R12) are unaware of changes in the new release that impact financial reporting from the General Ledger (GL). One such significant change is the replacement of Client Application Desktop Integrator (ADI), which has been used for years to produce ad-hoc reports, as well as for report manager functions and other critical tasks.

    According to a recent OAUG survey, user acceptance is one of the top five risks in ERP upgrades. As IT and Finance groups approach an R12 upgrade, project success depends on fully understanding any limitations with the new reporting environment, as well as options for filling those gaps so users have comparable or improved functionality.

    Read the full article: Filling Oracle R12 Reporting Gaps with Excel-Based Alternatives

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    ERP Post Implementation Challenges

    14 June 2012

    The main aim for any organization to implement any form of ERP is for various reasons, more profit, better decision making, easy reach of customers etc bottom line is more and more profit and no doubt SAP is the best option any organization can have.

    We have implemented SAP ERP with the standard functionalites with very little number of custom made reports. Initially it was very difficult to conclude whether SAP was taking us in the right direction since analysing and studying the system requires expert brains. We could see entries hitting finance from all directions and we were totally lost. IT department was given two options, either to discard SAP or proceed, the ball was thrown to our court. Like all the other departments did it would have been easy for us to submit our weapons and surrender. Infact we decided to gather all strength and fight. The main idea that guided us through the entire battle was if we have to surrender that would have been a defeat from our side not SAP's, since SAP is a best practice ERP practiced and succesfully run by hundreds of organizations through out the world. No doubt SAP is a 100 % proven best practice across various verticals. The more and more I explore SAP my passion towards SAP grows.

    We finally won the battle, sorted out all issues, clarifications. But the final clarification will be having only when the cost sheet is prepared and tallying with the GLs. I have to mention one tool that helped me in preparing the cost with ease, Excelapps' GL Wand, in simple terms excellent and simple.

    Using GL Wand and  MS Excel I have prepared a cost sheet with dashboards suiting for our requirement, only standard SAP and GL Wand used for the prepartion of the entire cost sheet.

    To view the full article see: ERP Post Implementation Challenges – Part 3 Preparing The Cost Sheet

  • ITWeb

    Bateleur/Excel4apps partnership benefits productivity-minded SAP, Oracle financial users

    6 June 2012

    Bateleur Software, a leader in the South African high-end software technology arena, has been appointed as a reseller for Excel4apps, a best-in-class provider of Excel-based financial reporting and budget-loading software for Oracle and SAP.

    A practical alternative to traditional business intelligence (BI) tools, the SAP and Oracle certified applications are the ideal tools for financial users in need of fast access to accurate business data.

    These include the GL Wand, Reports Wand, Budget Wand and Sales Wand products, which easily and securely deliver real-time ERP data using Microsoft Excel to save reporting time and effort.

    View the full article on ITWeb here: Bateleur/Excel4apps partnership benefits productivity-minded SAP, Oracle financial users.

  • Director of Finance Online - UK

    Integrating Microsoft Excel within the Oracle or SAP ERP environment for live reporting & analysis

    3 April 2012

    Director of Finance Online - Spring 2012
    Organisations go to great lengths to implement Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems and for very good reasons. ERP systems, such as Oracle or SAP, support data centralisation and eliminate islands of information caused by software applications that do not communicate. Despite these compelling reasons and the overall benefits of ERP systems in general, many users find them rigid and difficult to adapt to certain workflows and business processes.

    In particular, financial and business analysts and accountants often cite the difficulty of creating financials reports within an ERP system’s data warehouse environment. In many cases, these financial ERP users depend on information technology (IT) staff to program the query, which takes time and creates dependency on another department. While having a standing request for scheduled reports might work, running ad-hoc reports that must be reviewed quickly by staff or delivered at the request of an executive can become an ordeal. Such pronounced dependency on the IT department from finance creates a high probability that productivity will be compromised, deadlines missed, and stress levels elevated. What’s more, data warehouses are expensive to maintain from an IT perspective and require a separate server.

    For the full article in pdf format click here: Integrating Microsoft Excel within the Oracle or SAP ERP environment for live reporting and analysis

  • Manufacturing Business Technology

    Report And Budget With Excel-Based Product Suite

    15 March 2012

    In need of a faster, simpler way of reporting financial data, one company turned to an Excel-based general ledger (GL) reporting tool.

    For over 60 years, Powell Industries has provided engineering solutions for the transportation, energy, and utilities industries, among others. With twelve divisions, 3,000-plus employees and revenues around $600 million, the Houston, Texas-based company serves businesses around the world from facilities in the US, Canada, and the UK, focusing on custom design and manufacturing of power control rooms.

    For the full article, click here: Report And Budget With Excel-Based Product Suite

  • SAP insiderProfiles

    SAP insiderProfiles - The Best of Both Worlds

    22 February 2012

    Link the Familiarity of Excel with the Power of SAP ERP Financials
    Many financial professionals use Microsoft Excel to support their financial processes and, typically, they tend to rely on IT to create any uploading templates, queries, and reports from their SAP systems. ZOption and Excel4apps have teamed together to offer SAP ERP Financials end users quick and simple ways to manage their data in a Microsoft Excel-based environment.

    For the full article in pdf format click here: Link the Familiarity of Excel with the Power of SAP ERP Financials.

  • Oracle Magazine Jan-Feb 2012

    Oracle Magazine - Partner Product Watch

    30 December 2011

    Live at Oracle OpenWorld 2011, Excel4apps presents the award-winning GL Wand reporting and inquiry solution for financial users of Oracle E-Business Suite. This video showcases functionality highlights of the Excel-based GL Wand, in addition to user and partner interviews.

    For the video click here: GL Wand reporting and inquiry solution or for the article click here: Oracle Magazine Jan-Feb 2012.

  • Food Engineering - Lesaffre Yeast Corporation

    ERP system gets help from flexible reporting tool

    10 August 2011

    Lesaffre Yeast Corporation gains direct access to Oracle financial data via Excel-based software, improving reporting efficiency and management support.

    In 2004, Lesaffre installed the Process Manufacturing version of Oracle E-Business Suite (OPM), designed specifically for recipe-based manufacturing. It was one of the first subsidiaries within the Lesaffre Group family, a global company of 6,000 employees based in France, to install a fully integrated ERP system.

    According to Michael Roach, controller for Lesaffre Yeast Corporation, implementation of the system provided immediate benefits, including improved coordination across functional departments and increased efficiencies in doing business. However, soon after installation of the system, Lesaffre’s finance and accounting group discovered challenges in working with Oracle’s Financial Statement Generator (FSG).

    Read the full article here: ERP system gets help from flexible reporting tool

  • Consumer Goods Technology - Fiji Water

    FIJI Water Improves Financial Reports

    2 August 2011

    After its acquisition, FIJI Water installed a business suite, which is used by Roll International’s other businesses. Quickly, FIJI Water’s finance and accounting group found that standard reporting tools did not support easy consolidation of financial statements from the company’s various international businesses.

    Standard Reporting a "Painful" Challenge

    Headquartered in Los Angeles, Calif., FIJI Water consists of 15 legal entities operating around the world. These entities are represented by 15 sets of books, each with a distinct company number, meaning monthly financial reports require consolidation of balance sheets and profit and loss (P&L) statements. From 2004 to 2006, FIJI Water’s Finance group relied on standard reporting tools. According to Armando Sepulveda, financial planning and analysis director at FIJI Water, the initial two years using these standard reports were “very painful” for his group.

    Read the full article here: FIJI Water Improves Financial Reports

  • Government Technology - Detroit

    Detroit Meets Financial Reporting Deadline With New Software

    14 March 2011

    Detroit submitted its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) early for the first time in more than a decade this year, thanks in part to GL Wand, a Microsoft Excel-based reporting tool.

    GL Wand provides users with a direct link via Excel to financial information in Detroit’s Oracle ERP system, significantly reducing the preparation time for the report. The city submitted its fiscal year 2009-2010 CAFR two weeks early.

    The city started using GL Wand in 2009. Detroit’s financial staff also used it to complete its 2008 and 2009 CAFRs within one fiscal year. The tool was created by Excel4apps.

    Read the full article here: Detroit Meets Financial Reporting Deadline With New Software

  • Search Oracle - Tech Target

    SearchOracle.com lead story "Brokerage dumps Oracle EBS reporting tool for Excel"

    2 February 2011

    SearchOracle.com provides the best independent resource for Oracle professionals was leading with this story today. Business users at GFI Group were having a difficult time with the complexity of the Oracle E-Business Suite financial reporting tools, so the company went to an Excel-based tool called GL Wand.
    Read the full story on SearchOracle.com

  • Oracle Magazine

    Oracle Partner Magazine - Jan/Feb 2011 - Excel4apps one of seven partners to achieve Oracle Validated Integration with Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1

    5 January 2011

    Excel4apps was mentioned as one of seven Oracle partners to achieve Oracle Validated Integration with Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1 According to the Article in the Oracle Magazine, GL Wand 4.1, provides Microsoft Excel–based reporting and budget-loading software for use with Oracle applications. The article went on to say that GL Wand allows Excel-based report creation and queries against Oracle data, enabling accountants and other users with minimal Oracle training to do data analysis and ad hoc reporting. From a security perspective, GL Wand requires no data replication, has centralized application management, and utilizes the Oracle applications’ sign-on. See the full excerpt by visiting www.oracle.com.

  • Oracle Partner Network

    Excel4apps Executive discusses Oracle Validated Integration on OPN video blog

    8 December 2010

    Excel4apps executive, Michele Buson was interviewed by the Oracle Partner Network in San Francisco. In the interview, Michele Buson covers the joint value proposition of GL Wand as an add-on solution for customers running the Oracle E-Business Suite. Michele also discusses the main reasons for embarking on and successfully achieving Oracle Validated Intergration and the resulting benefits to both Excel4apps and customers. View the complete video online at www.youtube.com.

  • Red Rock Consulting - Hot Rocks

    Excel4apps in the spotlight as RED ROCK CONSULTING Partner

    2 December 2010

    2011 starts on a high note for Red Rock with the Red Rock Oracle Leadership Forum being held in Sydney on March 17th. The Forum is the largest Oracle Partner event in ANZ which is completely dedicated to all aspects of Oracle applications and the Oracle technology stack... Red Rock Consulting is the largest independent provider of Oracle, JD Edwards, PeopleSoft, Demantra and Microsoft SQL Server consulting and managed services in Australia and New Zealand. Red Rock Consulting is also an Excel4apps Reseller Partner and a GL Wand customer. See the Hot Rocks Newsletter of 2010 for latest news from Red Rock Consulting.

  • Oracle Buyer's Guide

    Excel4apps featured in OAUG 2010-2011 buyers guide

    10 September 2010

    Check out the OAUG buyers guide to find ideas for improving the performance of your Oracle environment. It features new user case studies and step-by-step guidelines for adapting to ever-changing business and technology conditions. Be sure to look at page 6 to see why and how one of Excel4apps customers deployed GL Wand and Budget Wand.

  • Hospitality Technology - Destination Hotels & Resorts

    Financial Reporting Tool Equals Time Savings for Destination Hotels & Resorts

    15 April 2010

    Destination Hotels & Resorts (www.destinationhotels.com) functions with a lean IT support staff and is constantly looking for more efficient ways to operate. After installing Oracle's E-Business Suite (www.oracle.com) in 2006, the company gained unique insights into business and financial performance, but soon found that financial report generation within Oracle was time consuming for finance and accounting users. Destination Hotels & Resorts needed a tool that would allow these users to spend more time analyzing data rather than querying and formatting it for presentation.

    In early 2007, a project team began the search for an easy-to-use tool for daily, monthly, yearly and ad hoc reporting. Like most financial professionals, the 100-plus business users at Destination are extremely familiar with Microsoft Excel, so the team was looking for a tool with a similar front end that could drill down to specific Oracle data.

    Read the full article here: Financial Reporting Tool Equals Time Savings for Destination Hotels & Resorts

  • HBO - Oracle Profit Magazine

    For blockbuster success HBO casts Oracle E-Business Suite in a leading role

    18 January 2010

    A recent article by that title appeared in the Oracle Profit Magazine, the Executive Guide to Oracle Applications, authored by Molly Rose Teuke and dated February 2010. It tells the story of the E-Business Suite implementation at Home Box Office (HBO), a subsidiary of Time Warner. HBO offers original programming content to upwards of 40 million subscribers in the U.S. via its HBO and Cinemax premium networks. Of course, much to our delight, GL Wand got a mention in a supporting role by Marie Mahony, vice president of financial operations and reporting at HBO. On the benefits of direct access to information in an integrated system like Oracle, Mahony had this to say.

    “This means less reliance on static reports built by IT and more emphasis on dynamic real-time queries and analysis using standard Oracle E-Business Suite tools as well as a third-party reporting tool, GL Wand,” Excel4apps was mentioned by Oracle, as the Oracle Partner Product and IBM for the implementation services used by HBO. All products are available for immediate download and free trial, installing in minutes with no data warehouse and no additional hardware, setup or security configuration needed. To read the article in its entirety, view it at www.oracle.com.

  • Destination Hotels & Resorts

    Destination Hotels & Resorts Realizes Benefits of GL Wand

    16 February 2009

    A recurring theme we constantly hear from our customers is that our products are so simple to support from an IT standpoint. For Destination Hotels & Resorts, supporting hundreds of Oracle business users with a staff of just three in IT is a constant struggle. When the company went looking for a tool that would provide more flexibility to its users for generating reports and meeting daily reporting requirements, they settled on GL Wand.

    “What really made the difference for us was the willingness by Excel4apps to allow us to demo GL Wand live with our own data. We tested a number of different systems, but GL Wand ranked the highest of all the systems we tested based on our long list of priority requirements. The best part was that not only did our users love the features and functionality, but the installation, deployment, and training of more than 75 users took less than a week. Users were off and running within minutes of their training without any support from our IT staff,” says Martin Stanton, Vice President of Information Technology for Destination.

    Read more about Destination Hotels & Resorts' experience with GL Wand in the Spring 2009 issue of OAUG Insight Magazine by visiting www.excel4apps.com.

  • "We saved about 50 hrs. a month on intercompany reconciliations thanks to faster data compilation using GL Wand"

    Michelle Wallace, Arbonne International, LLC

  • "It’s great to work with a group so committed to providing not only a great product but stellar service as well."

    J Raffensberger (MBA), Corporate Controller, Glatfelters

  • "GL Wand is a fabulous tool, we love it."   

    Donna Holley, Spectranetics

  • "This has to be the quickest ROI we've had on any software investment."

    J Raffensberger (MBA), Corporate Controller, Glatfelters

  • “GL Wand has been a big hit with Cairn’s Finance team."

    Chris Hebden, Cairn Energy PLC

  • "It took less than two hours to train report users. The time savings for everyone is incredible."

    Francis Nocom, Applications Manager, Cochlear

  • “GL Wand has proven extremely valuable in accessing our Oracle data with Excel."

    Michael Hinck, Finance Systems Project Manager, HBO

  • "GL Wand has given our finance users the freedom to think outside the box and be more innovative with performance metrics."

    Martin Stanton, Chief Information Officer, Destination Hotels & Resorts

  • "GL Wand has given our finance users a very flexible tool."

    Paul Simpson, Lancashire County Council