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Insight at the intersection of automation, productivity, and technology.

The 3 Biggest Problems with VBA Scripts

The 3 Biggest Problems with VBA Scripts

We all have something we want to automate at work. This could be a mind-numbing Excel task, a manual process involving moving content from one place to another, or something else entirely. If you’re a programmer, that might be where VBA scripts and macros come in. Unfortunately, we’re not all programmers. Unless you are a VBA programmer – and a good one at that – chances are you struggle to make good use of VBA scripts and other macros to automate routine tasks. Below we’ve listed three reasons why VBA isn’t the best solution for most of us, and one great alternative.


September 5th, 2017|Tips & tricks|

Three Perceived Obstacles to Back Office Automation in Banks

Back Office Automation is Easier Than You Think

A few years ago, McKinsey & Company published an article on why banks try (and sometimes fail) to automate their back office operations. Let’s look at the most common obstacles to bank back office automation, and why we think financial institutions of all sizes should still consider automating their back office.


August 25th, 2017|Tips & tricks|

Through expedient business process automation, Foxtrot strengthens your relationship with your customers

One of our customers, a Midwestern-based financial services company, recently reminded us of one of the intangible benefits provided by our Foxtrot technology: Foxtrot frees up time to think more about ways to help clients.

Every business organization intuitively knows the importance of adding value to their services. Foxtrot users, however, find our business process automation technology affords them with two important benefits that facilitate […]

Three Ways Foxtrot Helps at Tax Time

Automate Tax Workflows

Now that the holidays have long since ended and the New Year is in full swing, it’s time to turn our attention to tax season. As the bane of both individual tax payer and small business alike, the tax reporting process is one full of manual work, research, and data entry. Basically, all of the things that Foxtrot does best. We’ve put […]

January 28th, 2015|Taxes, Tips & tricks|

Three Ways Your Organization is Putting Its Data Integrity Strategy in Jeopardy

Three Ways Your Organization is Putting Its Data Integrity Strategy in Jeopardy

Lack of data integrity – the assurance, accuracy, and consistency of data – can harm your data-intensive, customer-oriented applications, transactions, and processes. When data becomes unreliable, everyone from customers to C-level managers question the credibility of the business-level activities that use it as justification. If a health insurer cannot trust the […]

December 10th, 2014|Data integrity, Tips & tricks|

Finding Meaning in Unstructured Data

Finding Meaning in Unstructured Data

Data sets so complex that managing them through traditional data processing methods becomes difficult are collectively known today as “Big Data”. It’s used to extrapolate trends in everything from customer spending to bird migrations. But many smaller organizations struggle to manage even modest (let alone “Big”) amounts of data on their own. This diverse, disparate data exists in spreadsheets, CRMs, […]

November 25th, 2014|Tips & tricks|

Foxtrot is the Answer to Simplify Processes

Throughout our business lives, we have all heard it over and over…Keep It Simple, Stupid or KISS.

Our Foxtrot technology fits right in with the philosophy of KISS. Our customers tell us simplicity is one of the most popular features of Foxtrot.

When we asked our customers about the values of Foxtrot they considered most important, six of 10 said, “Foxtrot can automate […]

September 11th, 2014|Tips & tricks|

5 Steps (and 1 Solution) to Faster Card Breach Recovery

By now, you’ve heard the news about Home Depot, and how the numbers to millions of customers’ cards have potentially been lifted from POS machines in stores throughout the country. Home Depot joins Goodwill, Target, and many other “big box” stores whose customers (and, by extension, YOUR customers) have fallen victim to card fraudsters in the last year […]

September 8th, 2014|Data security, Tips & tricks|

3 Ways to Prevent Errors in Excel

Let’s get this out of the way: Your spreadsheets are full of errors.

In an analysis of multiple studies dating back to 2008, Marketwatch reported last year that almost 90% of Microsoft Excel Spreadsheets contain errors. Even when created with the utmost care, the number and complexity of the formulas contained in our spreadsheets create significant opportunities for bad data. With about 1 […]

August 28th, 2014|Tips & tricks|