Integration and Automation with Microsoft’s VBA
If you want to get the most out of your Microsoft desktop productivity tools, such as Excel, Access, and Microsoft’s Power BI you will need to maximize both integration and automation with Microsoft’s VBA. VBA is the glue that binds the various Microsoft Office applications, in addition to SQL Server, Azure and Power BI. The real Microsoft power users are those that are masters of integration and automation with Microsoft’s VBA. Leverage it fully and you get more done in less time, thus reducing your labor cost.
Take your Microsoft applications to the next level with the integration and automation with Microsoft’s VBA.
5 Examples of Taking Your Microsoft Applications to the Next Level, with the use Microsoft VBA:
- Integrate Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Access into one seamless application
- Automate Microsoft Excel to so that it is point and click system
- Add powerful user interface in Excel and/or Access for non-technical users
- Use Excel or Access to download data from web, and then integrate it into a Microsoft Office application
- Distribute files and reports to users via Outlook, network, internet
Learn about VBA (Visual Basic for Applications) and how Excel Consultant can use this language, to integrate and automate Microsoft applications.
♦ Microsoft offers a wide array of applications, each of which serving a specific function to improve the quality of your life and the profits of your business. This versatile variety of features offers many advantages, but it can be cumbersome to coordinate them to your benefit. Fortunately, Microsoft also has an answer for this: VBA, or Visual Basic for Applications, an infinitely useful coding language.
♦ At Excel Consultant, our Microsoft masters use VBA to integrate and automate applications, designing software solutions for our clients. In addition to advanced programming, of course, we offer comprehensive consulting and top-notch training, not to mention our industry leading Microsoft Power BI Services.
♦ We are committed to educating our clients about all things Microsoft so they better understand how to utilize these outstanding programs. In the following blog, we explain how we achieve integration and automation with Microsoft’s VBA.
Basics of VBA
♦ Chances are, even if you’ve never used VBA, you’ve reaped its rewards. Investopedia explains: “Visual Basic is a computer programming language [that] allows the creation of user-defined functions and the automation of specific computer processes and calculations.”
What does VBA look like, see below.
♦ Essentially, VBA is a tool that allows you to tweak Microsoft applications to suit your exact needs and preferences. Instead of coming at an additional cost, “Visual Basic for Applications is a standard feature of Microsoft Office products,” a sort of gift from the company to its users so that they may perform “additional customization beyond what is normally available” in programs.
♦ Virtually anyone with Microsoft programs has access to VBA, but the language becomes particularly valuable in the hands (or, rather, at the fingertips) of skilled professionals like those on our team. When our team of coding whizzes is hired to integrate and automate Microsoft applications, we must leverage the use of VBA to make them cohere and cooperate.
♦ The savvier the VBA code and the more seasoned the developer, the more you can do with the code, and the less the user has to do when working on the files. Taken to the extreme, you can run certain processes with the single click of a mouse, or even set the program to function at a specific time of day, with VBA handling the rest.
The Magic of Macros
♦ VBA is primarily used to create macros, which Microsoft defines as “a series of commands and instructions that you group together as a single command to accomplish a task manually.” Basically, with VBA, you can tell the Microsoft application to do your more tedious tasks on its own.
What does a macro look like, see below.
♦ At Excel Consultant, approximately 80 percent of our projects include the use of VBA to make macros. These codes are the glue that binds the suite of Microsoft Office applications (Excel, Access, Word, Outlook, and more) with SQL Server and Power BI. When macros run, they can move data between applications, create workbooks, send emails, and more.
Benefits of VBA Macros
♦ Under the control of our expert coders, VBA offers numerous advantages. The benefits of such macros include:
- Convenience. As well as eliminating the need to type in data over and over, the code can actually do everything the user would manually do. With VBA macros, there is no need to open the document, copy the data, and paste it somewhere else
- The code moves the data between applications and only moves what the user wants. With a VBA Macro, for example, data from Excel can be sent to Access for complex calculations and then returned to Excel for storage
- Cost savings. One of the major merits of VBA macros is the economy it affords. These codes save you and your team significant time, freeing up hours that otherwise would have been spent typing information into spreadsheets. By integrating and automating data entry, we can offer tremendous cost savings to your company
- For example, if you have the application developed for $7,500, you could easily save at least $1,000 per month (assuming your team spends about 12 hours per week at about $21 per hour performing functions that could be automated, which is a conservative estimate), resulting in notable gains overall
- Ease of use. VBA macros run complex series of operations, but they do so without complicating the interface for the user. To transfer data between applications, analyze spreadsheets, perform Power BI functions, and more, all you need to do is press one or more buttons
- You can simply click “run macro” to begin the process, let the code do the repetitive work while you go to lunch, and return to detailed reports printed, emailed, distributed, and stored just for you
- Accuracy. Even the most precise, conscientious workers may occasionally make mistakes, accidentally copying columns into the wrong spreadsheet or sending emails to the wrong customers. Since they are meticulously made and undeniably consistent, VBA macros reduce human error, saving you further time, money, and hassle
- Optimization. With you and your workers freed from the constraints of the monotonous labor now transferred to macros, you have the freedom, energy, and opportunity to enhance your business in other ways. You can use the time saved to reach more customers, devise new strategies, better service your clients, and grow you company
♦ These are just a few of the advantages VBA macros provide.
How Excel Consultant Uses VBA
♦ Our team of programmers regularly creates customized solutions for our clients with VBA. We can design sophisticated macros to help you handle every area of your business, including customer service, data analysis, accounting, and more.
♦ Microsoft applications become exponentially more valuable with innovative integration and streamline automation. We are particularly proud of our accomplishments designing customized CRM (Customer Relationship Management) tools with VBA macros for our clients.
♦ Is Your Organization Ready to Leverage The Power of VBA, To Integrate and Automate Your Microsoft Applications?
Excel Consultant can help with VBA macros. Contact us today to find out more and schedule an appointment!