Expert Process Automation

What is No-Code?

No-code is a type of automation technology that allows
users to build, update and maintain processes using drag and drop

No-Code App Development

With no-code, users can build applications faster and with less bugs than the typical code-based approach. However, whilst Checkbox is no-code, our JavaScript and API connectivity allows IT teams to expand the platform to your line of business applications for more complex integrations.

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How Does No-Code Work?

Traditionally, developing business applications could only be achieved through coding. This meant that only highly skilled IT professionals were able to build these solutions, making it impossible for users without the technical skillset to build or maintain applications to meet their business needs. And although IT teams have the means of developing these tools, technology needs frequently outpace delivery capacity.

No-code essentially is the visual bridge between this language and the application builder. Not only does no-code make it easier for business users to build applications but allows IT teams to build and maintain applications faster and with significantly fewer errors. It is important to note that although Checkbox is no-code and can be used to build comprehensive applications using only drag and drop, IT teams can still code in Checkbox leveraging JavaScript and API connectivity for more complex integrations.

Whilst Checkbox is a no-code platform, it is important to understand that not all no-code platforms are alike. There are no-code platforms that focus on mobile app development, or business process management, however, Checkbox focuses on expert decision automation and workflow, or to use our own term, EPA.

What is Expert Process Automation?

EPA is a technology platform that enables the digitization and automation of expert knowledge and processes. Using EPA, a company can automate an entire process/es without the reliance on programming skills that emulate the work of a subject-matter expert. This is done by using a no-code, drag and drop graphical user interface (GUI) to implement content, if-then logic, integrations and workflow actions.

A good way to think about EPA is that it is the other half of the relatively recent and popular RPA – robotic process automation. But whilst RPA is about replicating the exact linear actions a human user would take, EPA is about replicating the exact decisions and actions that an expert would take; or allow them to seek guidance from other experts. So rather than automating the copying and pasting of cells from a spreadsheet into a legacy invoicing system, it is automating the right questions that should be asked in determining an entity’s tax position, collecting that information, and producing a letter of advice.

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EPA is also similar but different from expert systems. Whilst expert systems emulate the decision-making of an expert, they are limited to providing advice. EPA goes beyond this and fundamentally addresses the question: “What processes require experts?” and the answer to this question may or may not include advice but may also include a variety of other actions such as providing documents or executing an end-to-end process. However, EPA is not an isolated tool. Much like RPA and AI, it will compliment your tech stack, giving you multiple functionalities and allowing you to have a wider IT landscape.

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Benefits of No-Code for IT Teams

Reduced errors

No-code applications significantly reduce the occurrence of errors compared to typical code-based approaches.

Increased focus on high-value work

No-code empowers business users to automate and maintain moderately complex workflows, allowing IT teams to focus on work that delivers the most impact to the business.

Decreased time to deployment

Using visual UI and drag and drop, IT teams can collaborate easily and build applications faster, decreasing time to market.

Faster management of change

No-code platforms allow IT teams to make changes quickly and effectively, ensuring Applications are compliant and up to date.

Support innovation

No-code platforms can be used to build prototypes to quickly validate Application ideas, ensuring business requirements are tested and addressed at the beginning.

Why The Future Is No-Code

There is no doubt that enterprise software development has become more challenging. With increasing pressure for more compliant tools in highly regulated industries, budget cuts, lack of the appropriate staff, changing requirements and increased pressure for faster deployment, IT teams are working around the clock yet still unable to keep up with the workload. Furthermore, as modern technologies emerge, the management of legacy systems is becoming time consuming and more costly than the no-code alternative. It is important to note that traditional coding practices are not going anywhere and will be needed for more complex integrations, but with business users increasing ten-fold compared to developers, IT teams can leverage no-code to build low complexity applications within minutes instead of weeks and focus on mission critical projects instead.

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