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“Our goal was to lead a company of passionate individuals who were committed to making a difference while working hard and having fun, and that’s just what they did.”
Shaun Pendrigh and Michele (“Mac”) Buson, the co-founders of Excel4apps, knew first hand the frustrations of reporting tools for ERP systems. While management consultants for KPMG and prior to starting Excel4apps, they implemented Oracle E-Business Suite solutions and observed how end users struggled to create reports with traditional tools. They realized there had to be a better way.
In 2004, Shaun and Michele began marketing GL Wand, with agreement from their employer (EOH), and signed their first customer, a London Stock Exchange-listed investment bank. The trajectory for globalization of the new product was immediate. By November 2005, they decided to pursue Excel4apps full time, without venture capital funding and from home offices.
Michele and Shaun’s mission was to create best-in-class reporting and inquiry solutions for ERP system users. GL Wand for SAP, other SAP products include Reports Wands (2013) for reporting data from various modules in addition to the GL and Planning Wand (2015), which uses Excel as a front end to SAP cost planning functionality. Notable Oracle releases include Budget Wand (2008) for easy, accurate budget uploading, Reports Wand (2009), and the Oracle Wands Suite V5 (2014), which includes Java-based versions of all Oracle products featuring a zero-client installation, and Journal Wand (2016) to provide the easy uploading of journals.
GL Wand 5 is the fifth generation of an award-winning, Excel-based financial reporting solution for finance professionals using Oracle e-Business Suite 11i or 12. GL Wand enables highly efficient and secure financial reporting, shorter month ends, and faster refreshes with ad-hoc inquiry and drill downs.
Like all Excel4apps solutions, GL Wand leverages your existing Oracle security settings and provides reports with drill-down capabilities that are refreshable on demand, yet preserve formatting and Excel formula. Without middleware or data warehouse requirements, you can install and widely deploy Excel4apps solutions in minutes – so there’s less reliance on IT support and greater power given to the individual user.
GL Wand 5 Benefits
Zero client installation
Quick to install and deploy
Easy to use intuitive interface & wizards
Mass reporting and distribution of reports option
FSG converter & report templates included
Fully customizable drill to details In-memory database for high speed refreshes
Extendable to other modules with Reports Wand
Meet Reports Wand, our Excel-based ad hoc reporting tool is empowering end users with self-service reporting. See why Reports Wand is a viable alternative to Oracle Business Intelligence Discoverer and a much less complex option than migrating to OBIEE. Friendly to end users, our solution installs in minutes without consultants or heavy IT resources and allows for greater flexibility and customization with reporting. This approach reduces errors, improves productivity, and creates an environment to easily provide the right information to the right people in the right format.
Reports Wand Benefits
Effective replacement for Oracle Discoverer
Never export to Excel and reformat again
Empower end user analysis with self-service reporting
Easy-to-user wizards and minimal training is needed
Extends reporting across all modules in E-Business Suite such as AP, AR, FA, CM, Projects, HR, Payroll, Inventory, Purchasing & Order Management
Extend GL Wand drilldowns to non-financial areas
Zero client installation needed
One among the company’s triumphs
Excel4apps Recognizes Z Option and Magnitude Software with Top Partner Awards
Pittsburgh, Pa. – March 28, 2017 – Excel4apps, a provider of best-in-class Excel-based inquiry and reporting software for use with SAP and Oracle, has honored two companies with its 2016 Partner of the Year award in the Americas: Z Option and Magnitude Software. The award cites extraordinary achievement in communicating the value of the Excel-based GL Wand and Reports Wand reporting tools and other Excel4apps products.
Z Option, an SAP Partner, provides cost effective, Microsoft Excel-based solutions that focus on improving the end user experience of entering financial and other types of data into SAP. The company is a long-time strategic partner of Excel4apps and two-time previous winner of a Top Partner Award.
“By combining solutions from Excel4apps and Z Option, our partnership has offered customers a powerful option for streamlining entry and reporting of financial data directly from SAP, so we greatly value what this award represents,” said Jim Halepaska, Principal, Z Option.
“We’re proud to again extend the Top Partner Award to Z Option and continue a collaboration that supports real-time management of financial data directly in Excel using the GLSU uploading product with our GL Wand and Reports Wand reporting tools,” said Melissa Neal, Product Manager ― SAP, for Excel4apps.
In brief about Chris Meyer, CEO
As the CEO of Excel4apps, Chris is responsible for driving business growth, overseeing overall corporate vision and strategic direction. Chris joined Excel4apps in 2009 to lead the Americas region and expanded his role in 2014 to include the United Kingdom and Europe. In 2016, he was appointed to lead Excel4apps as Chief Executive Officer.
Chris obtained a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Accountancy at the University of Johannesburg. He is a member of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants CA (SA) and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA). Chris resides in Pittsburgh, PA, with his wife, Leanne, two boys and a mad beagle by the name of Max. He enjoys spending time outdoors and can be found playing a round of golf in the summer or a competitive game of platform tennis during the winter.