We have many years of spend and data analysis experience.
Spend Analysis simply takes accounting payments data and creates data structures that overcome the inherent issues with invoice data. This allows you to see more accurately what has been purchased from suppliers.
Our programme uses a simple spreadsheet tool to demonstrate a number of the key concepts - it can be combined with extensive classroom experience, a comprehensive online Learning Management System (LMS) and considerable trainer expertise.
Absolutely not. Our simple spreadsheet application is designed to manage standard CSV files (and EXCEL). The spreadsheet requires no programming skills or code writing. If you can manage EXCEL reasonably well, you will be able to manage the analytics capability.
Like most data analysis software, the tools will simply upload the data, help you structure it and present it in a way that enables you to identify opportunities.
Lean Six Sigma is a method. To learn and apply a method can take quite some time and often needs mentoring of some kind. Our programme takes tried and tested techniques for process improvement but within the Lean framework. We only teach you techniques that will get you started - and are the techniques that we know deliver the best results.
In some programmes this often a good option. We can provide what we term as "workalongide" training. This allows us to work with you on a stage basis - in effect, we teach you, allow you to apply, check it with you - and repeat this over several weeks. For analytics training this has been a proven approach for us over many years.
Depends who you ask! Many companies use Access for spend analysis. It does need some skill. We often see the product used as a spreadsheet - in effect, 1 table with rows and columns. This is fine. However, the real power and capability of the product lies in being able to record data in forms, store the data in multiple tables and then add reports. The application can handle a range of complex data relationships. We spend some time understanding data base structure and analysis prior to moving to a "hands on" with the product. Access is an option for analytics.
Indeed. This is often the most effective form of training for some of our programmes as employee teams can make the training more targeted.