Spreadsheets Can't Scale to Meet Modern Training Operations Needs

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Here’s why leading training teams need more than spreadsheets to manage training operations.

Learn Why Spreadsheets Limit Training Operations

The manual effort required to manage spreadsheets can be a barrier to scaling training operations.

Spreadsheets are valuable tools for any training team, but they do have inherent risks. Errors are common, and the manual effort it takes to manage spreadsheets grows rapidly. On top of all that, they only house your training data. They can not provide context or decision analytics.

But: feeling spreadsheet pain means you’re on the right path

Training teams that are pushing the limits of spreadsheets feel the frustration of trying to scale with slow, disconnected technology. This is a good sign! It means your training program is healthy, but understand the risks of spreadsheets and how to avoid them.

Download the guide to see how you can dramatically reduce your reliance on spreadsheets.

  • Learn how spreadsheets can slow your training team.
  • Explore how other teams have stopped relying on spreadsheets.
  • Understand other training software options that add more value than spreadsheets.

Identify Why Spreadsheets are Barriers

  • Too Many Errors

    Explore why spreadsheets are prone to errors that ultimately poison your data.

  • Too Much Manual Effort

    See how other teams have saved hundreds of hours (and their sanity) by reducing spreadsheets.

  • No Useful Insights

    Understand why spreadsheets are just data containers and can not provide real insight.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Spreadsheets are valuable tools to house data. They are indispensable for getting complex ideas into a tangible document, but you should be worried when spreadsheets begin to grow in scope. If spreadsheets are trying to connect different aspects of training management for your team, but end up being a tangled mess, you’re already experiencing the limitations of this tool.

Relying only on spreadsheets will lead to more manual effort required to fix human errors, reports that are only limited to showing past trends - not forecasting future states, and training data that is disconnected from all of your learning technology and other business systems that impact training. This guide maps out exactly how to identify barriers created by spreadsheets. But don’t worry: if you’re struggling with managing too many spreadsheets, it’s actually a good sign: your team is growing and scaling. Just not with the best tools.

No way! Spreadsheets are very useful. But, once you understand how they can slow training operations and hinder growth, you’ll want to use spreadsheets in a very different way. Once you do this, you will be able to access not just data but true insights into training while saving hours managing spreadsheets and fixing errors in your data.

Understand the Risk of Spreadsheets