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Anderson Development


TechValidate Introduction: 

This case study of Anderson Development is based on a September 2016 survey of Global Software customers by TechValidate, a 3rd-party research service.

TechValidate Quote: 

"We were paying $150 an hour for consultants to create reports for us. With Spreadsheet Server, we can now create our own and have much more analytical reports than we had before."


TechValidate Challenges: 

The business challenges that led the profiled company to evaluate and ultimately select Global Software’s Spreadsheet Server:

  • Rekeying data from the ERP system into spreadsheets
  • Manual, multi-step reporting processes
  • Lacked access to real-time information
  • A heavy reliance on IT to create or edit reports
  • Difficulty creating reports in a timely manner
  • Difficulty combining / consolidating General Ledger (GL) and non-GL data from multiple ERP & relational database sources

Use Case

TechValidate Use Case: 

Evaluated the following reporting tools before choosing Spreadsheet Server:

  • A Business Intelligence (BI) solution
  • A reporting tool packaged with ERP

Supplemental reporting tool used with Global Software’s Spreadsheet Server:

  • ERP packaged reporting tool

Selected Spreadsheet Server over the competition because of the following:

  • Flexibility to connect to multiple systems and outside General Ledger
  • Drill down capability to sub-ledger details
  • Employees and support
  • Excel-based Interface

Uses Spreadsheet Server for Financial / General Ledger reporting and the following modules:

  • Manufacturing
  • Sales
  • Inventory
  • Job Costing
  • Procurement


TechValidate Results: 

The surveyed company achieved the following results with Global Software, Inc.’s Spreadsheet Server:

  • The removal of disparate static Excel sheets
  • Faster, streamlined report creation
  • Faster access to live data to make strategic decisions
  • Empowered users to create their own reports with less dependence on IT
  • Greater visibility into the overall business strategy
  • Running reports in JD Edwards backed everyone up. Spreadsheet Server Excel reports do NOT hold up other JD Edwards users such as Customer Service, Shipping Receiving, Maintenance
  • Reporting processes streamlined with Spreadsheet Server:
    • Data extraction from ERP or relational databases
    • Automated distribution of reports to management/other departments
    • Month-end close and management/board reporting packages
    • Reporting outside the general ledger, such as inventory, manufacturing, sales, purchasing, projects, etc.
  • Actions or business insights gained using Spreadsheet Server:
    • Directed initiatives based on findings in reports
    • Increased ability to complete tactical and complex analysis
  • Saved 50-100 hours in one year with Spreadsheet Server.
TechValidate Citation: 

Source: TechValidate. TVID: 9DE-DD9-7AC

Company Profile

Company Snapshot: 

Anderson Development

Company Size:
Small Business


ERP Platform:
JD Edwards

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