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Comparison of Excel with BackOffice by CompleteCampaigns.com
 

Excel Versus BackOffice

A good system will save time, increase fundraising and improve the overall efficacy of the campaign. While many campaigns feel they can get by using a "free" program like Excel to meet all their needs, there are often a lot of hidden costs.   We've put together this comparison to show how valuable a tool like BackOffice can be.


Data

The way your software handles data dramatically affects your campaign's efficiency and effectiveness. You must consider data backups, user access and security, and the overall usability of the system.

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Multiple Databases

In Excel, each project - and often each staff member - maintains their own database. This can lead to duplicate work, as well as failure to share valuable information between key staffers.

 Multiple Databases

With BackOffice, all your data is in one place, all changes are made in real time and are far more accurate. BackOffice also has powerful search features and takes connectivity a step further by integrating into other CompleteCampaigns.com products like Fundraiser, VoterManager, and SiteBuilder.

Accessibility

Excel leaves you with no way to search all your scattered data, and access to each spreadsheet is usually limited to a single person or PC.

Accessibility

BackOffice uses the power and flexibility of the web to provide access to every staff member, regardless of location.

Security/Integrity

The only security Excel offers is password protection on the entire spreadsheet. With no ability to refine access levels, you'll have to choose whether to give your staff access to everything or to nothing at all. And without purchasing costly additional equipment and software, you have no way to back up your data, leaving you exposed to data corruption or even total loss.

Security/Integrity

BackOffice allows you to control which parts of your system a given user has access to. You can even see who made recent changes to a given field. Plus, BackOffice backs up your data every day and uses the latest security technology to make sure your data is safe.

Scalability

You can scale up the number of rows or columns in Excel, but it can quickly grow out of control in a campaign, where a single spreadsheet can easily have tens or hundreds of thousands of rows.

Scalability

BackOffice is designed for campaigns. No matter how large or how quickly your campaign grows, BackOffice will make it easy for you to manage your data.

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Features

Continuous development of new campaign-related features sets Complete Campaigns.com apart from other database systems.

Excel will have yo reinvent the wheel BackOffice has Great Features
Excel BackOffice
Reinventing The Wheel

Excel gives you great spreadsheet tools, but nothing campaign-specific. If you want to do something special, you have to do the programming yourself and create functions that work between cells, spreadsheets and Excel files. Making a mistake can be as easy as deleting or moving a single cell and tracking down each problem can take hours.

Campaign Specific Features

BackOffice has already been designed with your needs in mind. We provide an easy-to-use interface with pre-built action buttons, searches with fuzzy logic, broadcast email tools, branded e-stationery,  government reporting tools, export formats for label printing and Excel files, and much more.

New Features

Excel will improve over time, but none of those features will be campaign-specific.

New Features

BackOffice is constantly being upgraded with new features designed to help your campaign run more efficiently and to make the software even more intuitive.

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Support

Support can mean the difference between software making your life easier and making you pull your hair out.

Expensive and Unfriendly Excel Support Free and Friendly BackOffice Support
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Microsoft Support

Microsoft support is expensive and will probably only address your general Excel questions and not any campaign-related issues.

CompleteCampaigns.com Support

BackOffice comes with free unlimited support, 24-7 emergency support, and a support team with campaign experience. Plus, we offer unlimited training at no additional charge.

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