In our last blog we looked at how no-code tools enable the factory of the future. We briefly discussed the challenge of adopting new technology and how no-code software gained incredible tractions over the past few years. We’ve also underlined the main benefits that help quality teams to transform their quality operation into the strategic differentiator they’re after.
Today’s article highlights six upcoming no-code features. To be more specific, the AlisQI product team is working on a ton of new features to further empower our users to create custom apps and business processes within their AlisQI environment. The main projects within this theme are:
- Improved workflows
- Expression engine power
Let’s find out more!
Improved workflows features
Workflows management is important. Why? Because workflows keep processes organized. They improve process adherence by helping users stay in control and steering them towards action. Workflows can also consist of an entire chain of follow-up actions, bringing departments together to implement changes. No matter how many parts they consist of workflows connect the right people with relevant data, keeping improvement top-of-mind.
AlisQI supports automated workflows for many years already. And although we are keen on automating things as much as we can, we got quite some demand for the ability to manually trigger an automation.
Manual workflow triggers
Use cases for these manual triggers include manually triggering Product Deviation from a Quality Control record. Or building a catalogue of predefined CAPA actions that can be added to a customer complaint with just one click.
Visual state flows
Most of the quality management processes take a while to complete. For example, a lab sample might go through various workstations before a batch release verdict is issued. A customer complaint might travel from customer service to the quality team and back to the customer team. In order to have an immediate understanding of the states of individual cases and an insight into planning and workload we'll add visual state flow management. This means that for every analysis set – or process – AlisQI users will be able to define a custom state flow. This flow will guide teams in progressing from state to state.
Expression engine power features
The calculations in AlisQI are powered by the expression engine, a powerful and versatile tool that enables teams to implement rich logic into their forms. In this development cycle we work on making life easier for those of us that write the expressions.
IDE expression editor
The expression editor will be transformed into a micro development editor. This will include capabilities like syntax highlighting, auto completion and bracket matching. This will help users to write valid expressions easier.
More expression engine functions
By closely evaluating the usage of the expression engine we identified some opportunity for syntactical sugar, to reduce the efforts in writing expressions.
New functions that are already available include SUM(), COUNT() and NOW(). Read the function documentation here.
Additionally, we added support for calculation of linear regressions.
AI Expression suggestion
Natural language processing is considered one of the big technological breakthroughs of this decade. With the general availability of this new technology, we started to explore potential use cases. The first feature that will generally be available is a widget to suggest an expression based on your natural language description. This will help users to quickly create complicated expressions.
Our custom reporting templates offer great value in customized reporting. To further empower users in creating custom reports, we are extending the templating capabilities. By adding all specifications and other control plan context as variables to the template builder, users have more possibilities in customizing their reports.
All these features will be generally available by the end of Q1 2023. Stay tuned as we launch them and further illustrate how they can boost your productivity and make your day-to-day easier.