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A powerful new method of automating common business functions

  • For the first time, this power is in the hands of the business user
  • This means that a new requirement can be addressed very quickly, not to mention inexpensively!
  • Business users create their own NanoApps so they are right first time

Walkthrough the functionality

At first sight, NanoApps look like 100% Excel Spreadsheets – they are, but …

  • Synapse has added a login toolbar that connects each NanoApp to the Synapse cloud – a similar concept to Outlook synchronisation.
  • Every NanoApp can now synchronise with all other NanoApps, so everyone sees one consistent version of the truth – no more cutting and pasting!

Business Case and Benefits

Synapse is about 1/4 of the cost of maintaining an in-house manual system.

Sidestep I.T. or software vendors and avoid large CAPEX

  • Create your own NanoApp spreadsheets that exactly model what you wish to achieve: the precise columns, rows, data validation …
  • Synapse look after the ‘digital plumbing’ problems of keeping everyone synchronised to one view of the truth
  • No software to buy, nothing new to learn, just carry on using Excel and stop wasting time cutting and pasting
  • One cost effective monthly subscription fee per NanoApp per user


Until now, the choice has been to buy COTS (Commercial off the Shelf Software) or build your own in house ad hoc spreadsheet system.

  • COTS are expensive, inflexible and adoption frequently fails.
  • In house solutions are less expensive at face value but consume large amounts of FTE effort in maintenance.

NanoApps are an inexpensive monthly cost and are immensely flexible – everyone understands spreadsheets and adoption is simple


Synapse charges a monthly fixed fee per user per NanoApp for synchronisation services

  • These fees vary by NanoApp complexity, ranging from $25 to $150 per month

Business Problems NanoApps solve

Big Picture

Business processes needs automation – PMO, Resourcing, Financial Consolidation, Skill Registers … the list is endless

  • The first port of call is to buy software packages that purport to solve the problem.
  • A large percentage of these purchases fail because extensive customisation is needed and business users do not want to adapt their processes
  • The business reverts to building in house ad hoc spreadsheet solutions. These are fast and flexible but hampered by huge cutting and pasting effort to keep up to date
  • NanoApps let the business keep the many benefits ofspreadsheets but remove all of the problems.

Day to Day

Operations are in a state of constant change – today’s process automation solution will not match tomorrow’s needs.

  • But business people can rapidly build and modify their own spreadsheets to exactly match these changing needs.
  • This frees them from the expensive tyranny of I.T., lengthy specification writing, mismatched deliverables …
  • Reports and graphs are easily built in spreadsheets so Management Information becomes DIY

Why ‘Nano’?

Software vendors make one size fits all solutions, so, for example, a sales automation system must be adaptable to every whim of thousands of customers.

  • This means their software becomes bloated and has far too many bells and whistles which are irrelevant for the individual customer.
  • NanoApps start from a completely fresh sheet. The business user builds it to perform exactly the tasks needed; not a single bell more or whistle less.
  • NanoApps are therefore very small in footprint, trivial to deploy and being spreadsheets, they are already completely understood.

Example uses

The NanoApp is a multi-user-collaborative spreadsheet that stays up to date and shows one version of the truth to everyone.

  • Once this is understood the applications are endless.
  • Create a simple sales pipeline to your layout – then email it to your colleagues and you are ready to collaborate.
  • Use this approach with a skills register, a list of all staff, projects …