Excel Is Useless

Anyone can have Excel on his or her computer just like anyone can have a guitar at home. But what you do with it is what counts. Can you think of any “Rock Stars” in Excel? (Photo Credit: D. Ramos, Museum of Pop Culture in Seattle)

Reading my daily periodicals, a headline caught my attention: “CFOs No Longer See Excel Skills as Vital for New Hires“.

After building a successful meetup and finding professionals who are interested in using spreadsheets, I stayed calm and collected but curious. The basic gist of the article is that Excel as a skill isn’t more necessary than having the skills of adaptation. I can completely agree with that.

So why is my blog titled “Excel is Useless”? I’ve spent enough time with a variety of companies to see a pattern that involves Microsoft Excel. I had plenty of colleagues who had “Excel Skills” at different levels. My most successful colleagues were open minded to change and were able to adapt their thought processes to leverage Excel.

Sometimes software is sold as a magic pill to solve all your problems but it’s only as useful as the person using the tool.

Questions? Comments? As always, holler @ me and let’s talk story.

Focus

I got this amazing shot in Big Island in the middle of the night. I woke up from camping and realized the sky was at its clearest while the volcano’s heat provided a glow below the stars. Sometimes the most focus views are found at random times. (Photo by D. Ramos)

2018 is quickly approaching and I find myself in a great position to hit the ground running. Spent a lot of time networking and learning about local businesses and organizations.

Focus. That’s what I’m shaping. This isn’t the first time I started a company. Now that I know exactly what kind of value I bring to the table, I need to make it easier for my customers to select my services. Keeping that in mind, I’m excited to provide packages and a la carte services, making technological solutions as easy as ordering a hamburger.

I’m really excited to hear what you think and get a conversation started. Feel free to holler @ me directly.