Excel System Design

What the text books say –

Custom software (also known as bespoke design software or tailor-made software) is software that is specially developed for some specific organisation or other user. As such, it can be contrasted with the use of software packages developed for the mass market, such as commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) software, or existing free software.

Since custom software is developed for a single customer it can accommodate that customer’s particular preferences and expectations. Custom software may be designed in stage by stage processes, allowing all nuances and possible hidden dangers to be taken into account, including issues which were not mentioned in the specifications. Especially the first phase in the software development process may involve many departments, including marketing, engineering, research and development and general management.


What Gilding & Company say –

Actually that pretty much sums it up. To most of our customers it means “getting what you want”. The problem with off the shelf software is that it is engineered to suit most people’s needs. The result is that most systems contain far too much detail or are overly complicated to use. Another common problem is a lack of reporting options which makes it difficult to do anything with your data. We can design systems using Excel that will look nothing like Excel – they will look like your very own bespoke system but without the costly maintenance and update costs.  If you design the system with us it can fit seamlessly with your business process making it so much easier for the users to understand and your system can produce meaningful reports designed by you to show exactly what you want to see.  The logical approach to making a better information system.

Bespoke design is not something to be afraid of, it simply means getting what you want when you need it.


  • "When I needed expert help to build an Excel analysis tool, which would generate high quality reporting output, I had no particular views on which supplier I would choose to support me with this. I made contact with three companies and within 24 hours it was already quite clear to me that Gilding & Co were the team I wanted to work with. They were friendly, approachable, well-informed and entirely professional and within this short space of time (while I was still fielding technical questions from one other supplier and had not yet managed to connect with the third) had given me confidence that they both understood my business requirement and could deliver this for me at reasonable cost and within my deadlines. This impression was absolutely borne out as they worked to complete my project. The questions they asked and points raised along the way were always thought-provoking and helpful, they were both highly responsive and extremely patient as my specifications evolved, and have delivered a fantastic end-product with which I am delighted."
    Katherine Thomas - Director Emmanuel Gobillot

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