Your "Spreadsheet Person" Can Do So Much More
Buried in many consulting groups is an analyst who has mastered the art of building spend cubes with spreadsheets, and has therefore become indispensable. It’s a waste of talent!
It never ceases to amaze us how many consulting groups depend on one or at most a handful of key analysts to produce the basic spend cubes required for opportunity assessment and sourcing. Even more surprising is that this essential work is still being done with a spreadsheet.
We like swinging a hammer as much as the next person, but if you’re installing a roof, a nail gun is a better choice. Building and mapping a spend cube is easy if you have the right tool — whether it’s ours or someone else’s, it beats hacking on a spreadsheet by a country mile. Anyone should be able to produce a useful spend cube in minutes, simply by answering a couple of questions and supplying some input data.
We get that a few analysts might be upset to learn that their spreadsheet magic can be mechanized — but they’ll change their minds in a hurry when they find out how much more productive they can be with the right tool set.
And when anyone in the company can produce a working spend cube, the consulting group isn’t faced with an existential crisis if the spreadsheet whiz kid goes missing.