From XU Magazine, 
Issue 39

The Power of Automated & Integrated Spreadsheets

How G-Accon Scales Financial Processes With Two-Way Data Efficiency

In this interview, Dave Sellick Founder of Sidgrove discusses how to integrate G-Accon and Google Sheets to improve financial reporting.
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Over the last year, Dave has been unlocking G-Accon's versatility. He continues to explore APIs and connectivity potentials between different applications.

"There's a whole bunch of mini solutions that I've created with the tool, and over the last year, just even the ability with G-Accon […] to push (data) back into accounting software has been one of the most transformational things for the way I do accounting.”

Unmatched Scalability

G-Accon helps improve scalability and financial reporting quality for his clients. Dave explains it automates the data transfer between Xero and his reporting system. “For any given management reporting, I might have like 20 or 30 different reports I need to pull from Xero […] I can basically update (this) data from the accounting software into my management reporting at the click of a button,” he highlights.

He also stresses G-Accon's role in scaling operations. “When I have a new client, it's just a case of copying the spreadsheets, loading the same templates in G-Accon, and within 10 minutes or so, I can have (complete) management accounts (data) automation set up.”

Leveraging the Power of Spreadsheets

As Dave shows, one of G-Accon's top benefits is that G-Accon enables users to leverage the power of spreadsheets by sitting natively within Google Sheets as an add-on. He states: “We don't need to have a massive tech stack if we're really harnessing and leveraging the power of spreadsheets. And I think G-Accon allows us to do that by creating the connectivity from accounting software through to spreadsheets. It means we can […] really focus on just getting the best out of the spreadsheet tools.”

Multi-Entity Reporting Benefits

Dave also emphasises the multi-entity reporting features. As he puts it, “We can pull down from not just one company, we can pull down from as many companies as we want all within the same spreadsheet […] we can then set up postings to post in between those companies, and this is just a workflow that would be really difficult within Xero […] I'd say that's one of the really game-changing (workflows) that I've been (using G-Accon for) recently.”

Spreadsheets Are Thriving

According to Dave, spreadsheets, the format in which G-Accon resides, are more relevant than ever. "Spreadsheets are the best tool for management reporting and forecasting," he claims. Dave believes there needs to be more awareness of spreadsheets' potential.

When it comes to reporting, Dave affirms, “(Accountants) know spreadsheets are good; they just don't think they can look beautiful [...] I'm here to show people that they can also be beautiful…something that looks as beautiful as the web apps.”

Dave values G-Accon for offering high-quality yet affordable products. He says, “I appreciate what G-Accon are doing, and it's a great product.”

Comments by Dave Sellick about G-Accon were not solicited or paid for in any form. He freely offered his honest thoughts and statements.

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