Finding a faster, smarter alternative to Excel
As Vennli’s Director of Insights & Analytics, Erik Larsen is always on the lookout for new tools that can improve the services Vennli offers its clients.
He especially wanted to find a tool that could replace Excel, which slowed down his team’s workflow and offered only very basic options to create appealing visuals.
“When it comes to analysis and visualization, Excel is very limited,” Erik explains. “It’s very hard to get things to update automatically.”
Vennli’s clients have very tight deadlines, and Vennli often needs to deliver their insights within just a few days. Excel’s cumbersome manual process made these fast turnaround times challenging.
Sometimes we had to work through the night in order to meet deadlines for deliverables. It just wasn’t sustainable.
Working with manual systems to meet tight deadlines meant that Erik and his team couldn’t create impressive visual presentations for his clients, which bothered him.
“We wanted to show our clients results within a day or two, a lot of the work had to be done by hand,” Erik says. “The tools we used in Excel only offered very basic visuals.”
Erik needed to find a flexible tool that could speed up manual processes, create compelling visuals, and perform advanced analysis. He also wanted a tool that supported R and had an easy-to-use interface, so his team could make the switch from Excel easily.
Finding software that could deliver everything Erik needed was a tall order. But he knew there had to be a solution out there for him—he just needed to find it.