Evan is a creative storyteller with a passion for innovative technology. As an Area Sales Manager with Vena (and formerly a Content Marketing Specialist), Evan is always experimenting with new ways to inspire finance professionals so he can help them thrive in their roles as strategic, forward-thinking business partners. (2)

Excel Secrets That Aren’t Worth Keeping

October 31, 2016 |

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The Excel World Champions Hidden In Plain Sight

Microsoft has a fascinating new contest underway, but there’s something even more interesting going on in forward-thinking companies. When companies use the word “champion,” they’re not usually talking about someone who wins a competition so much as someon......

September 30, 2016 |

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If Spreadsheets Can Help Win Pokemon Go, They Can Help Finance Teams Win Too

Unusual use cases for products like Excel are just a good reminder of why users gravitate to real-time data collection and analysis. There are all kinds of reasons a company’s financial close might run a bit late – too many competing priorities, outdated p......

July 27, 2016 |

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This is What Defines Excel Champions

Excel power users at different stages of their professional lives tend to sound much the same about their goals and approaches. It may be a little early to say for sure, but Michael Kelly sounds a lot like the next generation of finance professionals who c......

July 21, 2016 |

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Let’s Find (And Celebrate) the Excel Champions Out There

To turn spreadsheet programs into an enterprise platform, you need to identify the early adopters willing to spread the love. Katharine Stewart may behave as though she would be a great asset to the average finance department, but her passion for spreadshe......

July 7, 2016 |

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Excel – And Nothing but Excel

When we say spreadsheets are the future of financial reporting, we’re not talking about just any spreadsheet. No one is saying that spreadsheet columns and rows are always pretty—things can get messy when you start to outgrow Excel—but suggesting that Exce......

June 22, 2016 |

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How Spreadsheets Can Make you a Storyteller

Excel’s growth into other forms of analytics are a good reminder of why it will remain a foundational element in corporate finance and elsewhere. For a long time, the kinds of tools needed for “creative” types versus “business” types were pretty distinct. ......

May 8, 2016 |

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What Will Make ‘Team Excel’ Even More Boisterous

When baseball season starts each Spring, it doesn’t take long for die-hard fans to start donning caps, talking about their favourite players or, most importantly, defending their team from pre-emptive criticism. Surprisingly, finance experts treat Excel sp......

April 14, 2016 |

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Harry Potter and the Spreadsheets that Told His Future

When you hear the name J.K. Rowling, you probably think “Harry Potter,” “best-selling author” and possibly “imaginative.” The surprising thing is, you could just as accurately think “enterprise business,” “forecasting” and “spreadsheets.” After all, Rowlin......

March 30, 2016 |

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The Key to Boosting Morale in Finance Lies in…Spreadsheets?

Originally published on the Certent Insider blog. Technology is supposed to save time, and the most successful technologies make it easy to do. With the advent of the automobile, few people continued to try and make the horse and buggy more efficient. But ......

August 27, 2015 |

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