Sowingo vs. Excel

Greeting to all our faithful followers. In this week’s blog we explore the advantages of
Sowingo over Excel.

Before we get started, we at Sowingo would like to say that we love Excel. It is great for building financial models, with functions like NPV, IRR, and ability to create VBA macros. It is simply great for financial analysis.

In fact, many of us used excel to track our dental practices’ inventory before switching to
Sowingo. This begs the question, what is the advantage of Sowingo over Excel?

Among many advantages in this blog, we will only explore 3.

  1. Real-time inventory status. At a click of a button, you can see what your office supply levels are. You can track activity on a daily base vs. the once of month snapshot excel will provide. When developing Sowingo we examined the workflow among many dental offices. What was discovered is that many used excel to track their inventory. The process was time intensive, where staff spent either 2-4 days a month counting supplies and entering into excel. This is not only time/labor intensive but also prone to human error. It also only provided a limited snapshot into an office’s inventory in which the information was outdated as soon as it was entered. With Sowingo you gain insight in real time into your inventory levels. This knowledge leads to better purchasing decisions, which increases your office’s  productivity and profitability.

  2. Information saved to the cloud. Have you ever had a corrupt excel file or your hard drive crashed leading to the loss of all your files? You may have a backup saved, but these are often outdated.  With Sowingo Inventory management cloud base solution you never have to worry. Your inventory history is saved securely to the cloud. You never need to worry about corrupt excel files again!

  3. No formal training needed. Anyone can use Sowingo. When creating our software usability was front of mind. We created a product in which anyone can become familiar with in under 5 minutes. Excel can be overwhelming.  Try to manage 20 plus suppliers can be difficult. Also, the person who set up the workbook may be very familiar with excel, but the users who update the sheet may not. Questions like where to enter update or remove items. Accidents of writing over formulas are far too common. This lack of usability may mean that in your practice only a few people (one - two) can update your excel tracking sheet, leading to a lack of transparency into how much you pay or who well you manage your dental supplies.

There are numerous other advantages to Sowingo. Click here to see many of the other features our product has to offer. Also our marketplace host many dental supplies. Click here for a gander.  

If you would like to learn more contact us at or 1 (888) 997-3133. We will be happy to walk you through this feature and others.