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Is Excel the most versatile tool in the shop?

Updated: Mar 30, 2023

Despite the availability of various software tools for managing production scheduling and other business processes, many manufacturers still use Excel as a tool for managing and organizing data. There are several reasons why manufacturers might continue to use Excel:

  1. Familiarity: Excel is a widely used and well-known software tool that many people are familiar with. For manufacturers that have been using Excel for a long time, there may be a learning curve associated with adopting new software, which can be a barrier to adoption.

  2. Customizability: Excel allows users to create customized spreadsheets and formulas that can be tailored to their specific needs and processes. This can be particularly useful for manufacturers that have unique or complex production processes that may not be fully supported by other software tools.

  3. Cost: Excel is generally less expensive than other software tools, particularly for smaller manufacturers that may not have the budget to invest in more expensive solutions.

  4. Ease of use: Excel is generally easy to use and does not require specialized training or technical expertise to get started. This can make it a convenient and accessible tool for many manufacturers.

Overall, while there are many software options available for managing production scheduling and other business processes, Excel continues to be a popular choice for many manufacturers due to its familiarity, customizability, cost, and ease of use.


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