Foundation v11.1 Series #2: Excel Workflow

By Jim Barker on April 21, 2016

The launch of Foundation v11.1 at  SAPPHIRE NOW is generating alot of buzz, and one new feature I am particularly excited about for data stewards is Excel Workflow.

Winshuttle’s Excel workflow brings together your firm’s favorite data manipulation tool Excel, and your favorite tool to update SAP, (Winshuttle!) and merges these with workflow control. This is exciting news for Data stewards because you now have the ability to build solutions that collect data in an organized manner, transform it, and perform checks and approvals before posting data to SAP. This is something many of our customers have been asking for it, and we’ve taken user feedback seriously in orchestrating the improvements in the latest product release.

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The benefit of this Excel workflow model is that it allows an Excel-based form to be set up and available to those who want to create data.  This familiar model can be streamlined with all the Excel features folks know and love, and requests then go through one or several levels of approval before data is posted to SAP. Users can accept, reject and reassign workflow tasks all from the comfort of the familiar Excel ribbon. Winshuttle’s Excel workflow capabilities should make requesters, reviewers, and auditors all very happy.

Stay tuned for the next Foundation v11.1 post that will focus on the new SmartTable capabilities.

Don’t miss the previous posts in this series:

Foundation v11.1 series: Gearing for Launch


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About the author

Jim Barker is the Director of Product Management – Foundation and thought leader for data governance at Winshuttle. Prior to joining Winshuttle, he was the Director of Data Management at Honeywell ACS and was responsible for the data aspects of a worldwide rollout of SAP at 1,000 plants in 100 countries. Jim has been involved in data warehousing, data migration, data integration, and data governance for over 25 years including writing the Velocity Data Migration Methodology at Informatica when he was the Director of Solutions. He pioneered working in the data warehouse practice at PwC and as an architect at Thomson Legal and Regulatory.


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