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Excel Model Makeover Part 3: Reducing Update Time From 3 Hours To 3 Minutes
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This course is designed for those interested to learn more about financial modeling in Excel, how to reduce update time from three hours to three minutes in your financial reporting system.

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Lenny has over 15 years combined experience in financial planning and analysis (FP&A), financial reporting and modeling, and compliance auditing.

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About This Course

The course is presented in four parts. 

First, the course introduces a business case of a system updating model that unintentionally includes all the hurdles to prevent fast update from the financial system. The model takes a staff 3+ hour to update the Excel reports for just 1 round of changes from the system, and what’s worse, system changes are twice or three times per day! So, how to design the system updating model so that we can get “instant” updates from the system to the final presentation?

Next, the course will demonstrate how the author has overhauled the old model so that it:

  • Reduces the system updating time from 2 hours to 1 min, and 
  • Reduces the presentation updating time from 1 hour to 2 minutes!

Third, the course explains 4 ways of reporting from a Financial System, but focuses on 2 of them:

  • Extract reports from the System
  • Extract data from the System

Last, we demonstrate the 6 Dos and Don’ts in building system-updating and presentation-updating models. Some of the best practices are:

  • Do not extract individual reports from the system, opening the can of worms of huge manual work. Rather, do extract the complete data from the system for automated reporting
  • Do not copy/paste source data into the reporting file
  • Do not cleanse data manually before calculation
  • Do not manually key in entity name to generate report

Prerequisites and Advanced Preparation:

  • Basic Excel and Power Query knowledge. Example: be able to open one Excel file and connect to external data files, etc.
  • Recommended prerequisite: Power Query Part 1: Ultimate Data Transformation

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify 4 ways of reporting out of a financial system
  • Understand when and how to cleanse data during extracting data
  • Recognize the pros and cons of extracting tables or extracting data from a financial system
  • Master 4 best practices of building an update model based on a financial system
  • Discover 2 best practices of building a dynamic presentation model based on source Excel file

Our Promise to You

By the end of this course, you will have learned to reduce update time in Excel.

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Course Curriculum

Section 1 - Introduction
Introduction 00:00:00
Real Business Case: How To Report From The System? 00:00:00
Before And After Of The Makeover 00:00:00
Instructor 00:00:00
How This Course Is Compared With Other Similar Courses 00:00:00
What You Will Get From This Course 00:00:00
Resources – Excel Model Makeover Part 3 00:00:00
Section 2 - How To Report From A Financial System?
First 2 Ways Of Reporting From A Financial System 00:00:00
Extracted Report From The System 00:00:00
Extracted Data From The System 00:00:00
Reporting From Financial System Wrap-up 00:00:00
Section 3 - System Reporting: 4 Best Practices
Best Practice No. 1 00:00:00
Best Practice No. 2 00:00:00
Best Practice No. 3 00:00:00
Best Practice No. 4 00:00:00
Section 4 - Powerpoint Update: 2 Best Practices
Best Practice No. 5 00:00:00
Best Practice No. 6 00:00:00
Before And After Of The Makeover – A Revisit 00:00:00
Section 5 - Bonus: VBA
VBA Macro 00:00:00
Section 6 - Conclusion
Takeaways 00:00:00
Next Course And Q And A 00:00:00

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