By . Inventory Spreadsheet. At Monday, May 10th 2021, 20:41:00 PM.
The supplier in Singapore that ships product to the factory manager in Omaha is, along with the COO at New York headquarters, members of a community. Their common bond is the mission of producing a product on time and on budget. Their communication link includes telephone, fax, and email. These kinds of ad hoc relationships may not feature the formal label, but they are communities none the less. By necessity and custom, communities are a fact of business life. As they continue to proliferate, the challenge of exerting control and maximizing productivity becomes a primary pursuit. Managing Communities Managing the concept of community is emerging as the Holy Grail for taking command of the new business paradigm. The billions of dollars invested in traditional IT infrastructure - the sophisticated application suites, bullet-proof security, and armies of IT professionals - are impotent in extending benefit and control to the dispersed workforce and communities.
If you have Microsoft Excel, you can create budgeting spreadsheets to help you manage your money. Instead of buying expensive software that will only be used for your budget, spreadsheets can be used for a variety of tasks. If you dont have Excel, you can find free spreadsheet applications online in which to manage your budget. Most spreadsheet applications have built in formulas and functions that will do the math for you so you dont have to. You can keep a running balance of your accounts and you can have each category totaled as well. You can keep it as simple or make it as sophisticated as you please. Once you design the type of budgeting spreadsheets you want to use, it will be easy to copy it for subsequent months or years. You can also use just one sheet and create tabs for each month.
There are two information-related walls that a young company hits while trying to grow. The first wall is what I call "spreadsheet suffocation." It is that stage of information sharing pain that causes people to start cussing. Where did you save the Johnson calculations? Who has the orders spreadsheet locked? Where did my new inventory list go? Did someone write over it? There was 2 days work in that spreadsheet! When a team of people reaches this point - whether they are a small company or a department within a larger enterprise - they need a central collaboration solution built. They may be able to buy it or they may have to build one, depending on their specific needs... but the pain of trying to collaborate is now so high that they are suffocating - a significant growth bottleneck has set in.