Recently we finished a project for a customer where we automated their Excel Spreadsheet Reports and Charts, which they used to produce customer data and provide commentary on the results. The projects aim was to take a 2 day manual process and reduce it to a task that could be run nearly instantly and allow more time to be devoted to the analysis of the data rather than it’s preparation.
IT has a habit of being looked at as a cost centre in most companies. A necessary evil so that the accounts can be entered, reports run, till systems totaled, and emails sent. This is also evident in the fact that in most SME’s IT comes under the remit of the finance department.