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Excel Collaboration Made Easy

Learn how to control the access to your Excel files in a more efficient way. Make sure your collaborators only see what they should and that you are always kept in control over what happens with your data.

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Limitations when using Excel for collaboration

The overall problem is not Excel itself. It's the productivity loss we experience when fitting Excel collaboration into business processes. Excel’s core design is not to follow workflows but to enable us to do amazing calculations, data modeling, and data evaluation fast.

Long response times

File complexity hinders productivity

Data integrity is compromised

Collaboration mistakes

Inability to track and review changes

Response times, when requesting input, are just too long.

We've all been there: gathering information for a strategic Excel solution may be tiresome to the point of frustration.

If you're managing an Excel collaboration with a group of 20, five individuals could answer right away, ten will need a reminder, and five will require a careful and time-consuming follow-up.

It will most likely take you a few hours to complete the job. Consider how much time a group of 50 or 300 people would spend.

Because we're talking about strategic Excel solutions in Finance, Accounting, HR, or Project Management, this task is most likely being done by a high-paid manager or her or his similarly busy assistant.

Both of them, I suppose, should make better use of their time.

Why does it take so long for people to get back to you after sending a request for input in one of your files?

Complexity is the answer.

Have you ever relied only on your instincts to navigate and insert data into someone's Excel workbook?

It's challenging to navigate an Excel solution without instructions. Especially if your audience is not as used to it as you are.

This frequently results in faulty cell references, meddling with formulas, and incorrect results. When instructions are provided, what started as a two-minute task takes ten times as long. Imagine the costs for the company.

Data integrity is compromised

You can only share entire Excel spreadsheets.

Users browsing, looking for where to add their input, navigate through sheets that could include sensitive data.

Not only that, but when sharing your file offline, the copied spreadsheet will live on the collaborator’s computer, and any security steps you took up to that point were for nothing.

A standard solution to ensure data integrity is to create tailored carve-outs of the original data and send them to individual recipients.

Once you get back the data, you must copy-paste it manually to your original spreadsheet.

When you’re finished, in the second-best case scenario, you realize formulas are broken, results don’t match, and you need to scan your file for mistakes.

Again, this extra time could be better used elsewhere.

Lack of transparency for tracking changes and version control

It's difficult to tell who modified what and when while collecting and updating numbers, whether through co-authoring or manual input.

Are the figures from the same period? Are you looking at the most recent numbers or the ones from the previous month? You can find out by looking through old emails, chat streams, or calling someone.

If you still use Shared Workbooks and dig deep enough, you might be able to identify who made the changes.

But with Co-authoring, Microsoft pulled the plug on Shared Workbooks, and Co-authoring doesn’t support tracking changes.

What can you do to improve collaboration in Excel?

You can use Layer, a web app that allows you to keep your Excel files but extends its native collaboration capabilities.

When using Layer, you save all of that time you invested when creating your spreadsheet carve-outs,

chasing collaborators and keeping track of their input, or finding and fixing mistakes others made when editing your files.

Keep reading to learn how Layer can help out.

Keep Excel.
 Keep Google Sheets.

Add Layer to reduce errors, easily communicate, collaborate,
and seamlessly share data or request input within seconds.

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Finally you're in Control of Your Data!

Layer is a web app That Works on top of Your Existing Excel Files and Google Sheets.

Share parts of your spreadsheet, collect and consolidate data, and review changes to make collaboration seamless and more efficient while keeping full control over your data.

Save Hours of Dull Work

Managing and maintaining spreadsheets is very time-consuming and often consists of nothing but dull data operations.

Focus on what matters while Layer takes care of distributing and consolidating your data in Excel and Google Sheets. No more copy-pasting.

Keep Your Files Error Free

Spreadsheets are fragile. Errors slip in easily and are hard to detect. On top of that, they can be very costly.

Layer gives you full control and transparency over every single input and change so you can spot errors early on.

Involve Your Colleagues

Most companies store some of their most essential data in spreadsheets. Unfortunately, most of those are unconnected data silos.

With Layer, you can share the data with the relevant people in no time. Collaborate with your team and take alignment to a new level.

Get Started in Minutes

Layer works on top of your existing Excel files and Google Sheets—No new licenses, learning curve, or heavy implementation.

It's extremely easy to get started with an intuitive interface. Simply upload or connect your files and start sharing!

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Manage Access

Work across filetypes and manage the access to your spreadsheets down to the cell level.

Manage Access Down To Cell Level

Grant Access Down to the Cell Level

Work Across Excel, GSheets or Layer Sheets

Add or Remove Co-Owners and Collaborators

Lock and Unlock Cells

Option to Require Sign In

Track and Review

Define, assign & monitor tasks. Keep discussions, actionable feedback, or context all in one place.

Manage Access Down To Cell Level

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Revist and Revert Previous File Versions

Review, Accept or Reject Changes

Collaborate and Communicate

Spot changes quickly. Accept or reject them, keep previous file versions and restore them if needed.

Manage Access Down To Cell Level

Smart Chat

Contextual Activity History

Set Deadlines

Define and Assign Tasks

Track Task Progress

Success Stories

Leading companies worldwide use Layer to help them save time
on collaborative processes using spreadsheets.

Elliot Comite Ironclad

Elliot Comite

Finance Lead

Using Layer as a core platform for sharing data and collaboration helped make our reporting workflows 10x faster. We get some of the same processes done in a tenth of the time.

Charlotte Kelly Butternut

Charlotte Kelly

FP&A Manager

Personally, Layer reduced my stress levels quite a lot. Overall, it improved the data collation aspect and significantly reduced the manual errors as a result of copying and pasting data between different spreadsheets.

Step 1

Upload your Excel file or connect your
Google Sheet

Step 2

Share any part of your file
and assign tasks

Step 3

Collaborate, review
and consolidate data

There is no Step 4

Keep Excel and Start Sharing Like Never Before!

Everything your team needs to streamline your communication flows and collaborate more efficiently on Excel and Google Sheets.