XLPlanning plugs the gap left by Microsoft

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A group of accountants and business intelligence software experts have collaborated to create a spreadsheet-like planning and budgeting tool called XLPlanning. John Stokdyk reports.

Former Microsoft/FRx executive Tony Crowhurst is XLPlanning's business development manager. Having left the wreckage of Microsoft's PerformancePoint Server BI suite behind, he is now working to promote a product that "we believe achieves 80% of a traditional planning application at 20% of the price".

Crowhurst has been having conversations with his new colleagues for some years about the need for a planning and budgeting tool that added the necessary internal controls and consolidation workflows into spreadsheets, while remaining easy to use.

"The whole premise behind the product is it's co...

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