I have decided the future of accountancy is orange, pink, purple and green.
For far too long I have presented management accounts to people that are just lots of numbers. 50% of my audience understands the numbers and the other 50% is just trying to get an idea of net profit ytd and slings them in a drawer. What might excite some of these people is a graphical representation of some meaningful KPI's just for their business.
I have been wasting long hours looking at business information systems. Many of these charge the odd $10,000 a year for using their software and that is a tad too expensive for my business. It is clear the big businesses are heavily involved in the use of these systems.
I have tried using some of the cheaper offerings, at 50$ a month - definitely doable as a cost for me. The problem has been that I just couldn't be bothered to heft through their tedious notes to get to the graphics. It has also become clear that before representing any info graphically there needs to be a dedicated input sheet designed specifically for downloading. My Excel knowledge is not great and I never bothered with graphs etc up to now.
Next month I am undertaking a one day course on "pivot tables and dashboards made easy" that should improve my knowledge of Excel. I even hope to be able to start producing some graphics from it, but only if I don't get bored by all the tedious stuff.
Are there any experienced management accountants out there who have used graphical representations for smaller clients? Can I get away with something cheerfully coloured from Excel? Should I pay a developer to write something generic for me? (Cheap as chips on Elance if only one knew what one wanted).
It would be so helpful to know of your own experiences in this area-once you'd had your Easter Egg, of course!