Process Solutions: Excel—the Process Wonder Drug

Process Solutions: Excel—the Process Wonder Drug
In his work as a consultant, Tom Bellinson often encounters organizations that are highly frustrated with their current enterprise system. How they use Excel often provides the ultimate insight into the shortcomings of their system. In this Column, Tom explores the perils of becoming too dependent on spreadsheets and asserts that they are no substitute for robust information systems. Are Excel spreadsheets to process the cure-all that snake oil was in the old West? You decide.

Tom Bellinson

Tom Bellinson

Mr. Bellinson has been working in information technology positions for 30 years. His diverse background has allowed him to gain intimate working knowledge in technical, marketing, sales and executive roles. Most recently, Mr. Bellinson finds himself serving as President of a BPM related software start-up company called UnaPage that provides solutions based on Microsoft SharePoint. From 2008 to 2011 Bellinson worked with at risk businesses in Michigan through a State funded program which was administered by the University of Michigan. Prior to working for the University of Michigan, Mr. Bellinson served as Vice President of an ERP software company, an independent business and IT consultant, as chief information officer of an automotive engineering services company and as founder and President of a systems integration firm that was a pioneer in Internet services marketplace. Bellinson holds a degree in Communications with a Minor in Management from Oakland University in Rochester, MI and has a variety of technical certifications including APICS CPIM and CSCP.
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