• Customers

    What our customers are saying

    “It works perfectly, you can just dive in and do the work. Within 5 minutes I was up and running and making updates to our ERP system based on SQL Server.

    It’s a fantastic product for non-SQL people. For people experienced with SQL, it is a major time-saving tool that combines the best of SQL and Excel.

    During the implementation of our new accounting system, migrating the data has been very painful and we have spent a lot on consultants previously. Now I can use SQL Spreads to do most of that work myself.

    I would recommend SQL Spreads to any company that uses Microsoft SQL Server, I would even say that any serious company using SQL Server should have SQL Spreads in their software repertoire.”

    Kevin P. Barnett

    R.E.A. Group Holdings plc, UK

    “Prior to purchasing SQL Spreads, we had no interface for users who worked outside of the SQL Server to access and edit information.

    In searching for a cost effective way to enable non-SQL users to access and edit data stored in a SQL table, we found SQL Spreads was the most efficient and user-friendly option.

    End users still interfaced with a table very similar to the Excel table they had been accustomed to, but it enabled multiple members of our administrative team to update information at the same time and now link directly into our SQL server and geographic information.

    The time and cost of implementing SQL Spreads was much more efficient than purchasing or building an elaborate custom interface.”

    Rebecca Alcorn

    GIS Manager, Huntley & Huntley, Inc., US

    “For anyone whom is planning to perform data manipulations into their SQL Server and has a good knowledge of Microsoft Excel, SQL Spreads ties in all the power of Excel for you to use and update your SQL tables.

    Makes things go so much faster and as we all know time is money. Download the trial and test it for yourself, you won’t regret it.”

    Alex Pommier

    QuickSocial LLC, US

    “I would recommend SQL Spreads to anyone who needs to manage SQL Server data without having to write code.

    With SQL Spreads you just link Excel directly to SQL Server.

    It is user friendly, saves time and makes life much easier.”

    Julie Irwin

    Diamond Packaging, US

    Customer case: Automated forecasting streamlines
    monthly project monitoring.

    Real-estate company Wallenstam put a lot of effort into producing monthly forecasts for project monitoring and control of their construction projects. In order to streamline the work Wallenstam introduced SQL Spreads. Wallenstam now has an automated forecasting process with increased safeguards, a higher quality of submitted forecasts and saves about 500 man-hours a year.

    Situation

    Wallenstam is one of Sweden’s largest real-estate companies, managing, building and developing properties in Gothenburg, Stockholm and Helsingborg. Wallenstam makes monthly forecasts for all ongoing construction projects to ensure that their cost parameters are followed. The project managers felt that the amount of work required to make these predictions was very time consuming. It was largely a manual effort, where project managers input data manually thus increasing the risk of errors.

    The work was performed in Microsoft Excel. Håkan Lindhén, project controller at Wallenstam, says: “We dealt with a variety of files that could be difficult to structure. Another problem was that our users have different levels of Excel knowledge and use templates in different ways, resulting in an unsafe and unreliable template.”. Wallenstam’s controllers had to expend much time and energy to help project managers in their efforts to develop forecasts.

    Meanwhile Wallenstam employees were used to working with Microsoft Excel and it was perceived as a problem to switch to a completely new solution. “I’ve worked in web-based cost management programs in the past and the problem is that they are so extremely inflexible that you always encounter problems. They become difficult to work with and can result in project managers not using the system.” says Håkan Lindhén.

    Solution

    Using SQL Spreads, Wallenstam implemented a new solution for project monitoring. “The introduction of SQL Spreads has worked very well. The employees who will work with the forecast have been able to see the progress and influence the design of the final solution along the way. This facilitates implementation because the project mangers’ views are incorporated and through their participation they are already motivated to start working with our new forecasting tool.” continues Håkan Lindhén.

    “We have together with project managers christened the program as WaKS, Wallenstam Cost Control.”

    SQL Spreads connects to Wallenstam’s data warehouse so that the comparative data is loaded into the forecasting spreadsheet automatically. – “To automate the input of comparative data into the forecast will save a lot of time and we know that the values in the forecast are identical to those we have in the financial system.”

    “Project managers can spend more of their time running their projects instead of creating forecasts”

    Wallenstam’s employees can easily access the forecasting tool via Microsoft Excel. “With SQL Spreads we get a very consistent and pleasing interface, with a common entrance to both current and archived forecasts. It gives us a much more unified view.”

    When users work with SQL Spreads, they receive a lot of automatic support – “Now it is handled mostly by automation which means that project managers can spend more of their time running their projects instead of creating forecasts.” states Lindhén.

    Results
    • Saves about 500 man-hours a year
    • Project managers can spend more time running projects
    • Higher quality of submitted forecasts
    • Better understanding of the forecasting process
    Wallenstam project
    Customer:

    Wallenstam AB is a Swedish real-estate company listed on the Nasdaq OMX Nordic Stock Exchange. Wallenstam develops and manages properties worth 3.7 billion USD.

    Requirement:

    The need to introduce a new forecasting tool to produce monthly cost forecasts for on-going construction projects.

    Solution:

    A user-friendly, secure and automated forecasting tool – built in Excel using SQL Spreads.

    Results:

    Significantly higher quality of submitted forecasts. Greater security in the forecasting process. Saves about 500 man-hours a year.

    Links:

    www.wallenstam.se

    Contact:

    Håkan Lindhén
    Project Controller,
    Wallenstam AB