Commission IDE for Business Users

At Spiff we consider ourselves part of the "low-code" movement and we often talk about how we are building the first commission IDE for business users. Really we believe we are building the first IDE for business users and it just happens to be commission-specific.  We often describe our competitors are putting a commission-specific version of Excel in the cloud while we are doing something totally different. We are building an IDE.  What does this mean?  Let's dive in.

What Is an IDE?

IDE stands for Integrated Development Environment. An IDE is software that helps developers create software.  They often look something like this:

Don't worry we understand that this would be an awful user experience!  But you can immediately see that it is really different than Excel right?

Designer:  Spiff's Commission IDE for Business Users

Here's what Spiff's commission-specific IDE for business users looks like:

What Do IDEs Offer Over Excel?

Excel is arguable the world's biggest programming language.  Microsoft estimates that 7% of the entire planet has written something in Excel.  However, Excel is never used a programming language for large applications at scale.  That's because Excel excels (pun intended) when:

  1. The data you need is relatively small (thousands of lines vs hundreds of thousands of lines)
  2. You can hand-enter or cut-and-paste in the data you need
  3. The logic you need isnโ€™t too complicated and is mostly mathematical

But when your needs go beyond the above, Excel breaks down.  IDEs are designed to build scalable logic systems.  Things that they offer over Excel include:

  • Tracing
  • The Ability to Name and Reuse Objects
  • Error Handling and Debugging
  • Formula Building
  • Database Functionality
  • Diffing
  • Version Control
  • Testing


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