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Excel4apps Streamlines Reports from SAP Financials with New Version of Established GL Wand Reporting Tool

2 December 2009
An SAP PartnerEdge Program member, Excel4apps extends accuracy and productivity benefits of flagship GL Wand product to new user base.

Sydney, Australia (December 2, 2009) – Excel4apps, a provider of best-in-class Excel based reporting and budget loading software for Oracle and SAP, today announced the release of GL Wand 1.10 for SAP. GL Wand for SAP is an innovative Excel based tool that streamlines reporting for finance departments that run SAP Financials. As part of the SAP PartnerEdge Program, Excel4apps works closely with SAP to develop and certify the technical integration of GL Wand with SAP software. GL Wand augments SAP by helping users access and analyze live financial information more productively through a familiar Excel front end.

“GL Wand for SAP extends the same benefits to SAP users that customers of GL Wand for Oracle have appreciated for years, including more efficient finance reporting, shorter monthly closes and fasters refreshes directly from ERP system data,” said Michele Buson, Director and Co-Founder of Excel4apps. “Our development team of chartered accountants and experienced SAP users has created an entirely new code base for this version of GL Wand that is tailored exclusively for SAP, and initial SAP users cite the product as indispensable for expedited analysis and ad hoc reporting.”

GL Wand links directly with SAP, without the need for a data warehouse or additional hardware, as with other reporting tools. Installed within minutes and easy to use, it requires little support from information technology staff for support and programming. Report creation is easily accomplished by accountants and other financial users with minimal training, and reports can drill down into line items and individual cells within SAP data.

"Our very first month-end on SAP was only made possible by migrating the trial version of GL Wand into production,” said Simon Taylor, Finance Manager for Sphere Healthcare, a large-scale pharmaceutical contract manufacturer based in Australia. “We recognized the instant value of GL Wand and immediately issued a purchase order for the software to IQX, our reseller.”

GL Wand also enforces SAP authorizations, as opposed to those of a separate data warehouse, for unparalleled data security. “GL Wand’s integration architecture is based on SAP’s connector for Microsoft .NET v2.01, which allows users to log onto SAP via GL Wand and read requested financial data as SAP authorizations allow,” said Grant Peterson, Product Manager, GL Wand for SAP. “The architecture protects data from unauthorized access while producing highly auditable reports.”

As a participant in the SAP PartnerEdge program, Excel4apps develops integrated applications that extend, complement and add value to SAP solutions, thereby helping mutual customers more successfully meet business needs and drive strong results. GL Wand 1.10 for SAP is available for free trial and down load at http://www.excel4apps.com/sap.

About Excel4apps

Excel4apps is a provider of best-in-class Excel based reporting and budget loading software for Oracle and SAP. Its award winning GL Wand and Budget Wand products help Oracle and SAP financial professionals save time by delivering accurate and secure information in the familiar Excel environment. The company serves a broad range of industries, including financial services, education, utilities, insurance, hospitality, manufacturing and engineering. 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. Excel4apps maintains offices in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, United Arab Emirates and South Africa. More information is available at 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