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March 2021  |  Model Build

Oliver Durston

How to avoid repeating history: 3 of the highest profile Excel errors of all time

Excel is a tool widely used by analysts of all levels of experience. To avoid repeating errors in the future, let us take a look at 3 of the highest-profile Excel errors from the past and see how steps can be taken to avoid a repeat.

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How to avoid repeating history: 3 of the highest profile Excel errors of all time

Excel is a tool widely used by analysts of all levels of experience. To avoid repeating errors in the future, let us take a look at 3 of the highest-profile Excel errors from the past and see how steps can be taken to avoid a repeat.

Read more

February 2021  |  Model Build

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Is Excel the right tool for the job?

Excel is great, but it is not the answer to every problem. Excel has its limitations and they should be considered before using it in a business-critical application. The decision to use Excel should be an active one, rather than the default option.

January 2021  |  Model Build

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Are you relying on Excel based analysis to make business critical decisions?

In many businesses, Excel is used for critical reporting and decision making. As has been widely trailed, the flexibility and open structure of Excel models can leave them prone to error.

January 2021  |  Model Build

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Spreadsheet risk. How worried should we be?

When assessing your Excel financial modelling risk, here are some of the key factors you should consider.

December 2020  |  Openbox

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Openbox release notes: December update v0.8.21

Since the end of the Openbox beta round 3 in October, we've been hard at work fixing the issues our beta users have found and implementing their feature requests. Here is the complete list to date.

December 2020  |  Openbox

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What does Lambda mean?

Lambda matters a lot. Both because of what it allows Excel to do, and because of what it tells us about how Microsoft sees the future of Excel. Lambda means Microsoft is continuing to develop Excel as a platform for serious analysis, now and in the future.

November 2020  |  Model Build

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The Multi-Billion Dollar Excel Error that didn’t happen today

Excel is involved in every major transaction, every capital investment, every business sale, large or small and most financial forecasts. Decisions worth billions of dollars every single day are based on Excel models.

November 2020  |  Model Audit

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Harder, Better, Faster

We set ourselves the challenge of looking at the financial model audit process to see how we can make it faster for our clients.

November 2020  |  Model Build

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The Beginning of the end? U.K. PFI contract expiry

The Public Sector is gearing up, through the Infrastructure and Projects Authority (IPA) to deal with the gargantuan task ahead, of managing the hand-back of the assets of 700+ projects over the coming years.

October 2020  |  Model Audit

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The pain of being audited

Nobody likes to be scrutinized. A financial model audit is a very public form of scrutiny. We understand that having a model audited many times is not a fun experience. Here at Gridlines, we have all been modellers ourselves and had our financial models audited. We are sensitive to that pain and do all we can to minimise it.

October 2020  |  Model Audit

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An end to audit iterations

Iteration based charging is the norm in the financial model audit sector. We understand why our competitors do it. Why wouldn't they? Ditching iterations is just one of the ways that we are shaking up the financial model audit market.

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