Case Studies

Automation & Integration of Business & Software Processes

Companies turn to EASA because it uniquely enables citizen developers to address several needs:

  • web-enabling existing tools, models and workflows
  • improving usability of software and workflows with the creation of fit-for-purpose user interfaces
  • rigorously controlling intellectual property, user access, version control and model integrity
  • developing enterprise-grade web apps without programming (“low code“)

GE transformed a complex and highly manual multi-step proposal generation process into a simplified and efficient web app. Unlike a typical CPQ (Configure, Price, Quote) application, engineering design was embedded into the process. Knowledge capture and reuse is now automatically achieved, and scenario modeling has been greatly facilitated to enable rapid “what if” studies. Turnaround time for proposal generation has been reduced by an order of magnitude and superior overall project management has resulted.

Proctor & Gamble democratizes a variety of simulation models, making them accessible to a much broader user community. This is achieved by using EASA’s patented “appification” technology to create a proprietary “app store” of intuitive and intelligent apps that drive complex multi-step, multi-software workflows that were previously accessible only to a small group of experts.

Zürich Financial uses Excel for CPQ (Configure, Price, Quote). However, these spreadsheets are constantly updated to reflect changes in the market, and new spreadsheets containing pricing models for new product lines are frequently added. Using EASA, Zurich has deployed these pricing tools as secure and simplified web apps which use the business logic of the original spreadsheets. This has been accomplished without incurring the high cost of programming custom solutions, and without discarding the original spreadsheets.

A major limitation of most modeling and simulation tools is that only subject matter experts can use them. Pfizer has overcome this limitation by using EASA’s patented “appification” technology to create a proprietary “app store” of intuitive web apps that drive a wide variety of models created with tools such as gPROMS, Aspen Plus, DynoChem, Fluent, and MATLAB, as well as in-house codes and scripts. These web apps incorporate both expertise and comprehensive error checks, enabling users who are not familiar with the underlying modeling tools to safely use them.

Ingersoll Rand relied on many End User Computing Tools such as Microsoft Excel and Access, that had been developed for their specific needs. Although these tools offered the required flexibility and agility that was lacking in traditional CPQ software systems, they had their own limitations. With EASA, Ingersoll Rand were able to create enterprise-grade applications that completely protected their IP and eliminated typical spreadsheet management issues.

Like many companies, LeasePlan uses Excel extensively as an end user computing platform to develop specific applications. But as Excel does not meet the compliance and regulatory standards required, certain spreadsheets caused significant hurdles during audits. Wishing to fully leverage the advantages of Excel, LeasePlan decided to use EASA to deploy their spreadsheets as enterprise web applications, providing the necessary authentication, version control, and auditability. In addition, EASA’s ability to integrate with other data sources enabled valuable process automation and increased efficiency for users.

Bayer (previously Monsanto) uses EASA to extend the life of legacy codes, replacing outmoded text-based interfaces with intuitive web applications. These modern apps, with embedded corporate knowledge as well as sophisticated error-checking, are accessible from any device with a browser, including mobile devices. In addition, users can now collaborate and share results within their user-group.

Amlin has streamlined an error-prone workflow that relied heavily on Excel for data input and aggregation by using EASA to create and deploy a reliable browser-based application, without having to write any code. The app is accessible from any device with a browser, including mobile devices, and permits secure authentication, complete version control, and straight-forward auditability.

Air International has reduced design life-cycles by putting simulation technology into the hands of a wider user base. This has been achieved using EASA’s codeless application builder to create custom, task-specific applications which dramatically simplify the use of powerful computer-aided engineering (CAE) tools, including CAD, Finite Element Analysis, and Computational Fluid Dynamics.

Using EASA software, Hyde Marine greatly enhanced what used to be an expert-only Excel based process, enabling maintenance crews at sea to generate their own reports on-demand. Compared to simply sharing spreadsheets, deployment of the tool as a browser based web app dramatically elevates their customers’ perception of the product offering.

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